Scribe UK, 2014
I started a podcast about work culture (Eat Sleep Work Repeat) earlier this year. I wanted to understand what the future of work looked like. Social Physics is the single best book about how creativity works at work. Pentland explains that the short bursts of chat in the office correlate to the most creative environments. It might give you pause to consider whether the sea of headphones around us are helping your innovation.
Why Work Sucks
Cali Ressler & Jody Thompson
As we debate the future of work, it's hard for us to divorce ourselves from tradition and the ways we've done things since our own careers started. Ressler and Thompson came up with a radical alternative while working at Best Buy. Their ideas have been adopted in lots of other businesses. A great companion piece to Social Physics. This book is a provocative alternative vision of what work could look like.
Countdown to Zero Day
The industrialisation of hacking is at pandemic levels, but it started with state-sponsored hacking against rogue states. In this book, Zetter describes how the Stuxnet virus was unleashed on the Iranian nuclear programme. It's hard not to read open-mouthed as you contemplate the risks of hacking to every part of our connected lives.
Zetter - a writer for Wired - is also an essential Twitter follow.
Bruce Daisley is EMEA vice president of Twitter