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Getting Out Of Control
Emergent Leadership in a Complex World
Neil Chilson - 2021-09-23
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"Getting Out of Control" explores the idea of emergent order – a state of order with no central control – and how it can benefit leaders in today's complex world. Author Neil Chilson offers real-world examples and six principles to help readers maximize their influence instead of striving for control. A refreshing and insightful perspective on leadership in a constantly evolving world.
Shoshana Weissmann
Finally finished @neil_chilson's book! Reports of him recently being appointed to East Virginia govt, unrelated. Really, really enjoyed it. Light read, and thinks through everything that relates to emergent order      source
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A Time to Build
From Family and Community to Congress and the Campus, How Recommitting to Our Institutions Can Revive the American Dream
Yuval Levin - 2020-01-21
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Renewing America begins with renewing our institutions. In this thought-provoking book, a prominent conservative intellectual argues that polarization and alienation can be overcome by recommitting ourselves to the institutions that have the power to unite us. From families to schools to the military, these structures provide the forms we need to be free. By taking steps to help them be more reliable, we can rebuild the ties that bind Americans to each other, one institution at a time.
Shoshana Weissmann
@jonward11 @ryangrim Fucking love that book and Yuval      source
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Timothy Keller
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The Captured Economy
How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality
Brink Lindsey, Steven M. Teles - 2017-11-10
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Explore how state action can entrench privilege and subvert market competition, leading to both a stagnating economy and sky-high inequality. Brink Lindsey and Steven M. Teles argue that regulatory barriers have shielded the powerful and privileged from competition, inflating their incomes. Learn how subsidies, excessive copyright protection, occupational licensing, and NIMBY-led land use controls have contributed to this issue. Although freeing the economy from regressive regulatory capture is difficult, the authors offer promising strategies for reform. This powerful and original interpretation of America's mounting economic problems is a must-read for anyone interested in tackling social tensions.
Shoshana Weissmann
@upzone_CA HAHAHA I LOVED that book!!      source
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The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law
Haben Girma - 2019-08-06
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This inspiring memoir follows the journey of the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, as she overcomes isolation and turns her disability into an opportunity for innovation. From facing off against a bull she couldn't see to helping build a school in Mali, Haben pioneers her way through obstacles and develops a text-to-braille communication system that creates an exciting new way to connect with people. Her many adventures range from the hair-raising to the hilarious, and her uplifting story is a testament to determination and finding connection.
Shoshana Weissmann
@chrisFnicholson @JarrettDieterle GOT you tysm!! I actually just sent a good online guide about it to everyone who does graphics!! After I read @HabenGirma's book - which is SO worth the read - I've been wanting to do some re-coding and fixing!      source
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Randy Bryce
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Why Cities Lose
The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide
Johnathan A. Rodden - 2019-06-04
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Explore the origins of urban-rural political conflict and how geography shapes elections in America and beyond with this prizewinning political science book. Author Johnathan A. Rodden shows how left-wing parties struggle to capture suburban and rural seats, despite winning big in urban districts. Discover a bold new interpretation of today's political landscape and proposed electoral reforms that could reduce urban-rural polarization.
Shoshana Weissmann
@smcoffman21 Unfortunately not a lot out there besides a handful of articles but also a GREAT book on why the problem developed as it did — Why Cities Lose, released last year. FASCINATING but slow read!      source
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Modern Romance
Aziz Ansari - 2015-06-16
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Explore the pleasures and perils of finding love in the modern world with this in-depth and thought-provoking read. Comedian Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to conduct a massive research project that includes hundreds of interviews and focus groups from around the world. Combining humor and social science, this book is unlike any other and provides readers with a new perspective on the ever-changing landscape of modern romance. From analyzing our romantic options to finding the perfect soulmate, Modern Romance is a must-read for anyone navigating the complexities of love in today's world.
Shoshana Weissmann
@ScottGreenfield @RVA2MI @ASFleischman Check out Aziz's book Modern Love. Attempt to explain through too much choice      source
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Jay Shetty
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The Righteous Mind
Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Jonathan Haidt - 2012-03-13
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Explore the roots of moral judgments and human cooperation in this groundbreaking book. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion, showing how gut feelings, not reason, drive our moral beliefs. Discover why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and why each side is right about significant issues. The Righteous Mind is a must-read for anyone looking to trade in anger for understanding and gain a deeper insight into our eternal divisions and conflicts.
Shoshana Weissmann
@JeffRomeo8 LOVE him and that book      source
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A Guide to the Good Life
The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
William B. Irvine - 2009-11-04 (first published in 2008)
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Gain timeless wisdom on living a fulfilled life from the ancient philosophy of Stoicism with A Guide to the Good Life. Author William B. Irvine presents practical advice and techniques for attaining tranquility, minimizing worry, and finding contentment in our modern lives. Learn how to let go of the past, focus on what we can control, and become a more thoughtful observer of our own life in order to avoid chronic dissatisfaction. This engaging and insightful read provides invaluable advice for anyone looking to live a more joyful life.
Shoshana Weissmann
Everyone needs to chill out and read A Guide to the Good Life. Great book on stoicism with which I largely agree      source
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A Republic, If You Can Keep It
Neil Gorsuch - 2019-09-10
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Neil Gorsuch's "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" is a collection of personal reflections, speeches, and essays by the Supreme Court Justice. Gorsuch shares insights into the Constitution, the role of the judge, and the responsibility of every American citizen to sustain our democratic republic. Drawing on his career as a lawyer, teacher, judge, and justice, he emphasizes the importance of originalism and textualism in interpreting our founding documents and protecting our liberties. This book offers compelling insights into Gorsuch's faith in America and its founding principles.
Shoshana Weissmann
This book is SO ILLUSTRATIVE of how and why weakening the separation of powers perverts justice both intentionally and accidentally      source
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Law Man
Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer
Shon Hopwood - 2017-09-27
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From five-time bank robber to legal scholar, Law Man tells a gripping story of redemption and reform. Shon Hopwood's journey from prison to becoming a cofounder of is nothing short of inspiring. Discover how Hopwood taught himself criminal law and helped fellow inmates, ultimately leading to two petitions selected to be heard by the Supreme Court. Through his story, Law Man sheds light on the need for policy reform and improving outcomes of America's prison system.
Shoshana Weissmann
I recently finished @shonhopwood's book. It's SO worth the read. And a few passages that hit me -      source