Buchempfehlungen aus den TED-Talks von Bill Gates, Susan Cain und anderen… 1. Teil

In TED-Talks geben uns große Persönlichkeiten und erfolgreiche Unternehmer immer mal wieder einen Blick frei auf ihre Leselisten. Rechtzeitig vor Weihnachten finden Sie hier inspirierende Vorschläge und Lese-Tipps zu den Kategorien Kreativität, Happiness und Philosophie. In Teil 2 folgen dann im nächsten Newsletter Buchempfehlungen zu Gehirn & Bewusstsein, Politik, Naturwissenschaften und Arbeit.

Viel Spaß beim Stöbern in vielleicht bisher unentdeckten Büchern.


Creating Minds, by Howard Gardner
Recommended by: Roselinde Torres (TED Talk: What it takes to be a great leader)
“Gardner’s book was first published more than twenty years ago, but its insights into the creative process — told through the stories of seven remarkable individuals from different fields — remain just as relevant today. While they shared some traits, they all followed different paths to success.”
A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
Recommended by: Liza Donnelly (TED Talk: Drawing on humor for change)
“One of the most important books about women’s rights, and one that informed my thinking on creativity, is this one by Virginia Woolf.”
The Future of Ideas, by Lawrence Lessig
Recommended by: Rob Reid (TED Talk: The $8 billion iPod)
“Over the past fifteen years, a movement has emerged to preserve what’s become known as the ‘Creative Commons’ – that realm of imagery, music, writing and more that exists in the public domain for all of society to freely extend, sample from and build upon. Lessig is the intellectual father and the prime mover of this movement. He has written a number of books about the Creative Commons and the dangers posed by overreaching copyright laws. The Future of Ideas is a particularly complete and focused expression of this.”
The Spark, by Kristine Barnett
Recommended by: Temple Grandin (TED Talk: The world needs all kinds of minds)
“Read this book to learn how a mother developed her autistic son’s strengths.”
Hackers and Painters, by Paul Graham
Recommended by: Keren Elazari (TED Talk: Hackers: the Internet’s immune system)
“Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator, wrote this book of essays about the creative aspects of hacker culture. The essay that really inspired me was the one about the positive meaning of the word ‘hacker.’


Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
Recommended by: Simon Sinek (TED Talk: Why good leaders make you feel safe)
“This is essential reading for anyone interested in the topic of purpose. Because Frankl’s personal experience was so extreme, the lessons are that much more stark. And, most importantly, his lessons are universally applicable to all our lives.”
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Recommended by: Susan Cain (TED Talk: The power of introverts)
“This book illuminates the kind of life we should all be living. Csikszentmihalyi argues that one of the highest states of being is the state of flow — when you’re totally engaged in an activity, riding the narrow channel between boredom and anxiety. I talk about this book a lot, and try to live by it even more.”
The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haidt
Recommended by: Stefan Sagmeister (TED Talk: The power of time off)
“If you are interested in the subject of happiness, this is the best book I’ve come across. Haidt manages to write in a way that’s encompassing yet precise, scientific yet personal. A wonderful survey of many strategies that might improve your well-being.”
Want Not, by Jonathan Miles
Recommended by: Elizabeth Gilbert (TED Talk: Success, failure and the drive to keep creating)
“Every generation or so, an American novel appears that holds up a mirror to our lives and shows us exactly who we are right at this very moment. Want Not is that book right now — a searing but compassionate look at modern Americans and their stuff. A book about garbage and consumption and accumulation and disposal, but most of all about humanity in all its stubborn, flawed glory.”
Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin et al.
Recommended by: Graham Hill (TED Talk: Less stuff, more happiness)
“This simple little book succinctly describes the American trap of acquisitiveness and consequential debt. Most importantly, it provides a way out.”
Waking Up, Alive, by Richard A. Heckler
Recommended by: JD Schramm (TED Talk: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors)
“I’m thrilled that Richard Heckler’s book has been updated and re-released. It’s the best place to start if you want to learn more about life after a suicide attempt.”
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad, by Adam Gnade
Recommended by: Will Potter (TED Talk: The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest)
“I write about pretty depressing stuff, to put it mildly, and on some days that darkness feels overwhelming. This slim volume by Adam Gnade hit home for me and countless others because it’s written with a raw mix of compassion, tough love and an outlaw spirit. It’s a must for anyone trying to fight the good fight.”


The Essential Epicurus, by Epicurus
Recommended by: Alain de Botton (TED Talk: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success)
“Epicurus was the first philosopher to say that pleasure was the most important thing in life. People took him to mean sensual pleasure and the word ‘epicurean’ has been linked to gluttony ever since. But read the real Epicurus and you’ll see that his idea of pleasure was quite immaterial; in fact, it was all about having a group of good friends and reading books together outdoors.”
Theodicy, by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Recommended by: Tali Sharot (TED Talk: The optimism bias)
“Read some of the first work on optimism.”

Etwas Ruhe in der Weihnachtszeit und viel Spaß beim Lesen, wünscht Ihnen

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