Some of My Favorite Books:
Creativity + Play
  • Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently | Dawna Markova + Angie McArthur
  • Creative Economy Entrepreneurs: From Startup to Success | Alice Loy + Tom Aageson
  • Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration | Ed Catmull
  • Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul | Stuart Brown
  • Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World | Jane McGonigal
  • Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered and Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative | Austin Kleon
  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity | Julia Cameron
  • The Journey is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon
  • The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles | Steven Pressfield
  • Thought Revolution: How to Unlock Your Inner Genius | William A. Donius
Education and Youth Empowerment
  • Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World | Tony Wagner
  • Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education | Ken Robinson
  • Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play
  • Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era | Tony Wagner + Ted Dintersmith
  • The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching and Learning |  O’Donnell Wicklund Pigozzi and Peterson, Bruce Mau 
Work, Life, Sociology, Economics, Social Justice
  • Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant | W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
  • Brave New Work | Aaron Dignan
  • Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism that Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs | Muhammad Yunus
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us | Daniel H. Pink
  • Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown
  • Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries
  • Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World | Rand Fishkin
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die | Chip Heath + Dan Heath
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential | Carol S. Dweck
  • Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace | Gordon MacKenzie
  • Outliers: The Story of Success | Malcolm Gladwell
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions | Dan Ariely
  • Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade | Robert Cialdini
  • Principles | Ray Dalio
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable | Seth Godin
  • Rework: Jason Fried + David Heinemeier Hansson
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard | Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World | General Stanley McChrystal
  • The E Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It | Michael E. Gerber
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich | Tim Ferriss
  • The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything | Stephen M.R. Covey
  • Thinking Fast and Slow | Daniel Kahneman
  • Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers | Tim Ferriss
  • Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life | Gary John Bishop
Data Privacy + Visualization
  • Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World | Bruce Schneier
  • Dear Data | Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
  • Understanding the World : The Atlas of Infographics | Sandra Rendgen (note this is the most ginormous book I’ve ever checked out from the library, so not one you can tuck away into a small bag on a bike ride. 🙂 )
Ethical AI
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy | Cathy O’Neil
  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism | Safiya Umoja Noble
Empowering Women
  • How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job | Sally Helgesen + Marshall Goldsmith
  • Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead | Tara Mohr
  • The Art of Asking: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help | Amanda Palmer
  • The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table | Minda Harts
  • Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization | Adrian Bejan and John Peder Zane
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Alchemist | Paolo Coehlo
  • Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype | Clarissa Pinkola Estés