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Chip Conley

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Chip Conley is an American hotelier, hospitality entrepreneur, author, and speaker.
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A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots
James Suzman - 2021-01-19
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This book is a tour de force. -- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take A revolutionary new history of humankind through the prism of work by leading anthropologist James SuzmanWork defines who we are. It determines our status, and dictates how, where, and with whom we spend most of our time. It mediates our self-worth and m...
Chip Conley
Here’s my list of recommended books for the first half of 2021 (a book a month), featuring authors @harari_yuval, @Isabelwilkerson, @konmari_co, @anthrowittering, @AdamMGrant, and @PaulHawken. Hope you enjoy!      source
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Think Again
The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
Adam Grant - 2021-02-02
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We need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking.Why do we refresh our wardrobes every year, renovate our kitchens every decade, but never update our beliefs and our views? Why do we laugh at people using computers that are ten years old, but yet still cling to opinions we formed ten years ago?For too many of us, our ways of thinking beco...
Chip Conley
Adam Grant’s books are reliable bestsellers and this one is made for our times as it explores the science of rethinking our own opinions, opening other people’s minds, and building cultures that prize humility, curiosity, and mental flexibility over foolish consistency. He writes, “If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom.”      source
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The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson - 2020-08-04
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.“As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to ...
Chip Conley
Isabel Wilkerson’s book, with the subtitle “The Origins of our Discontents,” was my most insightful, jaw-dropping read of last year as it helped me understand race relations in the U.S. with a whole new lens. And, she’s a poignant storyteller.      source
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Joy at Work
Organizing Your Professional Life
Marie Kondo - 2020-04-07
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Marie Kondo, author of the worldwide #1 bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein team up to bring joy to work.The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn't felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern-day haz...
Chip Conley
I invited author Marie Kondo to our Airbnb Open festival in Paris in 2015 and found her a delight as we both are fascinated by the topic of Joy. Here she applies her “tidy up” point of view to our career. Sounds like she might appreciate MEA’s “Great Midlife Edit” ritual.      source
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Adam Grant
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21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Yuval Noah Harari - 2019-08-20 (first published in 2018)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today's most pressing issues."Fascinating . . . a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century."--Bill Gates...
Chip Conley
This is required reading.      source
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The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
Paul Hawken - 2017-04-18
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- New York Times bestseller - The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world"At this point in time, the Drawdown book is exactly what is needed; a credible, conservative solution-by-solution narrative that we can do it. Reading it is an effective ino...
Chip Conley
This book has become our manifesto for creating MEA Regenerative Communities.      source
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The Choice
Embrace the Possible
Edith Eva Eger - 2018-09-04 (first published in 2017)
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A New York Times Bestseller “I’ll be forever changed by Dr. Eger’s story…The Choice is a reminder of what courage looks like in the worst of times and that we all have the ability to pay attention to what we’ve lost, or to pay attention to what we still have.”—Oprah “Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and...
Chip Conley
There are few books I’ve read that personally embrace the idea of #growthmindset (without using that term in the book) more than this one. It is a memoir forged on the foundation of forgiveness, resilience, autonomy, and generosity.      source
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Bill GatesMorgan Housel
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How to Live Forever
The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations
Marc Freedman - 2018-11-20
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The secret to happiness, longevity, and living on is through mentoring the next generationIn How to Live Forever, founder and CEO Marc Freedman tells the story of his thirty-year quest to answer some of contemporary life's most urgent questions: With so many living so much longer, what is the meaning of the increasing years beyond 50? Ho...
Chip Conley
@marc_freedman, one of the wisest thought leaders and most committed students in the aging and longevity world, has been my Modern Elder. This book is his masterpiece. @EncoreOrg      source
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Joel Stein
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The Third Chapter
Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50
Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot - 2009-12-22
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"We must develop a compelling vision of later life: one that does not assume a trajectory of decline after fifty, but one that recognizes it as a time of change, grown, and new learning; a time when 'our courage gives us hope.'" --from The Third ChapterAt a key moment in the twenty-first century, demographers are recognizing the significance of a d...
Chip Conley
I love the humanity of Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot. While this book is nearly 12 years old, it captures some of the vulnerability & bewilderment that people over 50 felt during the Great Recession that might be even further amplified by these pandemic times.      source
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Marcus Aurelius - 2020-04-07 (first published in 180)
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The Meditations are a set of personal reflections by Marcus Aurelius. He writes about the vicissitudes of his own life and explores how to live wisely and virtuously in an unpredictable world.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful ...
Chip Conley
I have given Meditations away to a number of people.      source
The Happiness Curve by Jonathan Rauch
On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
The 100-Year Life by Lynda Gratton
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-meng Tan
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Setting the Table by Danny Meyer
Awake in the Wild by Mark Coleman
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl