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Tom Critchlow is an independent strategy consultant working at the intersection of media, technology and art. Critchlow's consulting work focuses on strategic media design and he has recently worked with clients such as The New York Times, Mashable and Gartner.
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The Dark Dark
Samantha Hunt - 2017-07-18
Tom Critchlow
The dark dark is a magnificent book:      source
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Leone Ross - 2021-04-20
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Popisho is an uproarious and sensual novel that conjures a world where magic is everywhere, food is fate, politics are broken, and love awaits. Set in the stunningly beautiful and mischievous archipelago of Popisho, the macaenus of the generation must create a perfect meal for all of the residents. Meanwhile, the governor's daughter is demanding a feast for her wedding, and hard questions are being asked from an unknown source. This wildly imaginative narrative takes readers on a journey through the islands and the lives of unforgettable characters, all while exploring themes of desire, addiction, corruption, and colonialism. With lyrical, rhythmic writing and a blend of languages, Popisho is a dazzling and major work of fiction.
Tom Critchlow
Just finished Popisho last night. What a magical book! Raw and juicy and colorful. A magical riot but tender as well. Definitely recommended.      source
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Improvisation and the Theatre
Keith Johnstone - 1987-01-07 (first published in 1979)
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Unlock your improvisation skills with this classic book by Keith Johnstone. Originally published in 1987, the book focuses on the art of improvisation, exploring the subjects of spontaneity, storytelling, and creativity. Get ready to challenge your notions and unleash your creativity in this must-read for anyone interested in improvisation.
Tom Critchlow
@wilreynolds I'd recommend reading Impro by Keith Johnstone for more on coaching and teaching people to say "yes"!      source
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The Field Study Handbook
Jan Chipchase - 2017-01-01
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"The Field Study Handbook" is a must-read for anyone interested in running international field research to inform and inspire their work. This guide covers everything from product development to communications strategy and has been called the "canonical classic reference for cross-cultural research" by author Kevin Kelly. With its crisp design and typography, this book is a timeless and elegant resource for any professional seeking to broaden their cultural knowledge and improve their work.
Tom Critchlow
@nickcammarata Godel escher bach is pretty beautiful. IIRC douglass learned typesetting manually to lay out the book just as he wanted it. More recently - this is a wonderful book      source
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - 1999-01-01 (first published in 1979)
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This inquisitive book by Douglas R. Hofstadter delves into the very essence of cognitive science - the intricate links between formal systems. Hofstadter explains how the system behind mental activity goes beyond its support system, and questions whether machines may one day attain human-level intelligence. Gödel, Escher, Bach covers a range of captivating topics from reduction to recursion, offering readers an intriguing exploration of the intricacies of meaning.
Tom Critchlow
@nickcammarata Godel escher bach is pretty beautiful. IIRC douglass learned typesetting manually to lay out the book just as he wanted it. More recently - this is a wonderful book      source
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Working Identity
Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
Herminia Ibarra - 2004-01-01 (first published in 2002)
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Discover a new model for career reinvention with Working Identity. Through engrossing stories of successful career changers, Herminia Ibarra outlines ways to experiment with new professional activities, interact in new networks of people, and make sense of emerging possibilities. Craft and execute "identity experiments," create "small wins," and connect with role models and mentors to ease your transition. A call to the dreamer in each of us, Working Identity explores the process for crafting a more fulfilling future.
Tom Critchlow
@nick_dewilde @expertlypaul Love that book (reccd to me by @vaughn_tan!). The internet is an incredible platform for iterating on your network, identity and career      source
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Assassin's Apprentice
Robin Hobb - 1996-03-01 (first published in 1995)
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Follow the journey of young Fitz, a royal bastard cast out into the world. With a magical link to animals known as the Wit, Fitz finds solace in companionship. But he must give up his old ways when he is adopted into the royal household, and trade them for courtly manners and the art of assassination. Experience the perilous magic of the Wit and the dangers that come with being a royal assassin in this captivating tale.
Tom Critchlow
Think I'm still coming to terms with how deeply this book (and series) affected me. My fave fantasy series of all time. And here I am 20 years later writing about the fool..      source
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Dark Matter and Trojan Horses
A Strategic Design Vocabulary
Dan Hill - 2012-05-22
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Discover a new vocabulary of design in this transformative book. Explore the concept of "dark matter" and how it affects the often-political world of design. Author Dan Hill asserts that successful design requires navigating these murky waters, and he provides the tools to do so. Learn how to smuggle this knowledge into positions of power and make a difference in the field.
Tom Critchlow
@RobertHaisfield @jordanmoore Well I think the first thing is recognizing that solution thinking in inherently flawed. This book and Helsinki Design Lab stuff helped me see systems as complex things hard to diagnose and change:      source
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A Wicked Pack Of Cards
a book of unusual business spells (Volume)
Marcus John Henry Brown - 2020-01-30
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A captivating poem, A Wicked Pack Of Cards, blends old stories and traditions with digital fantasies and strategies of the commercial world, creating a post-apocalyptic world where business consultants discover paganism and sorcery. The poem is made up of thirteen cards and a riddle, each one a spell - a business spell that will take you down the dark back-alleyways of burnout, depression, and imposter syndrome. But read carefully, and it will eventually deliver you into the light of optimism and the most powerful spell of all: true love.
Tom Critchlow
This is a magical little book. Bewitching and powerful in it's influence.      source
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Satin Island
A novel
Tom McCarthy - 2015-02-17
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Satin Island by a notable author is a novel that explores the idea that our access to the truth is always influenced and obscured. The main character U. is a corporate ethnographer tasked with writing an all-encompassing report about our era, but he finds himself overwhelmed by the ubiquity of data and lost in buffer zones. His developing interest in oil spills adds depth to his character. Through U's experiences, the novel captures the way we experience our world and our efforts to find meaning in it.
Tom Critchlow
@hannah_bo_banna Yes! Love all this rambling (more please!). The future and the past are the same thing through two different lenses. And corporate histories are fascinating things. I'd recommend the book Satin Island where the above quote comes from - fun exploration of some of these ideas.      source