I now own a personal copy of Richard Nelson and Sidney Winter’s book “An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change”. I feel like I have officially recruited myself into the world of evolutionary economics, or at least, an evolutionary perspective on technological change. Hopefully their ‘appreciative theorising’ gives me clearer insight on the economic and sociological aspects of my research on inclusive innovation.
My second acquisition is likely to land me in trouble soon. Although I’m not a big fan of motivational books, I was attracted to the concept of “Radical Honesty”. Psychotherapist Brad Blanton apparently pushes the ‘honesty is the best policy’ mantra to the limits in this book. Amazon reviewers say that the book is like ‘shock therapy’, that the author writes in a brash, unapologetic style, something that’s already evident in the first few pages. I’m looking forward to seeing what brand of honesty the author recommends.
While on this subject of books: I came across The Guardian’s list of 1000 novels everyone must read before you die (?!). But Amazon’s list of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime is more achievable; I’m probably 40% done with that one ;-). Anyway, this served as a reminder that I should widen my scope of reading beyond journal articles and books on economics and sociology, and watch less TV!