1 + 1 = 11 = 11 Books on Big Ideas

There is a saying

"Every innovation starts with a story" and we know, all stories are built on ideas.

If you want to tell great stories, then understanding how to create great ideas is handy.

We can see from history that Idea Creation can be both; art and science. Many great thinkers of the past have straddled this continuum. In the past, this was powered by study and great books.

In the blog the 5 best people at the party we talk about how great ideas, can be sourced in conversations with interesting people, chance experiences and the most accessible: amazing books.

Some time ago, I was luckily enough to see the opening of the awesome film, Lion at Nova Cinema in Carlton. After the film, we wondered across the road. It is almost un-Victorian to not visit this book shop if you are sipping post cinema coffee in Carlton. No trip to the Lygon St is really complete without a quick trip into Readings - which is, without doubt, the best bookshop in Melbourne.

I love wondering around the shelves, full of intriguing books in search of something interesting.

I was very excited to find a copy of the a vintage copy of "The Origins of Species" and "The Voyage of the Beagle." Essentially, two of the most transformative books, altering forever, how we look at the natural world and mankind's origins.

In recent blog Where Good Ideas Come from we talk about powerful concepts around ideas evolved based on Darwin 5 years journey on the Beagle 1831-1836.

20 years after this trip, came the formation of the Darwins' Origin of Species. This book was the culmination of an epic trip, observation and stewing over multiple inter-connecting ideas, formed over long daily walks in the copses of Englands and long periods reading in his study.

I've spent quite a bit of time pondering innovation, ideas and value as a back-drop to ever changing digital and business landscape that we are currently travelling.

Here is a list of 11 of the best books with progressive thinking around how we may negotiate these challenges of the future.

  1. How to think like an entrepreneur
  2. How to change the world
  3. Big Bang Disruption
  4. The Norm Chronicles
  5. Where Good Ideas Comes from
  6. Free
  7. Future Perfect - The Case for progress in a networked 
  8. The Origins of Species" and "The Voyage of the Beagle
  9. Midnight Lunch
  10. Digital vs. Human
  11. The Black Swan

What is your favourite book?


What is the most intriguing idea in it?

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Paul's Big 11 Books