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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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Improvisation and the Theatre
Keith Johnstone - Jan 07, 1987 (first published in 1979)
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First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....
Tom Critchlow
May 04, 2021
@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 - Jan 01, 2017
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The how-to, why-to guide to running international field research to inform and inspire product, brand, strategy, policy and communications. --Praise for the Handbook-- "The canonical classic reference for cross-cultural research. The crisp design and typography shine in timeless elegance." -Kevin Kelly, Author, The Inevitable....
Tom Critchlow
Dec 29, 2020
@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
Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - Feb 05, 1999 (first published in 1979)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
Tom Critchlow
Dec 29, 2020
@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
Working Identity
Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
Herminia Ibarra - Jan 01, 2004 (first published in 2002)
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How Successful Career Changers Turn Fantasy into RealityWhether as a daydream or a spoken desire, nearly all of us have entertained the notion of reinventing ourselves. Feeling unfulfilled, burned out, or just plain unhappy with what we’re doing, we long to make that leap into the unknown. But we also hold on, white-knuckled, to the years of time a...
Tom Critchlow
Dec 12, 2020
@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 - Mar 01, 1996 (first published in 1995)
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In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals - the old art known as the Wit - gives him s...
Tom Critchlow
Aug 21, 2020
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
Dark Matter and Trojan Horses
A Strategic Design Vocabulary
Dan Hill - Jan 01, 2014
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In this short book, Dan Hill outlines a new vocabulary of design, one that needs to be smuggled into the upper echelons of power. He asserts that, increasingly, effective design means engaging with the messy politics - the dark matter" - taking place above the designer's head."...
Tom Critchlow
Aug 20, 2020
@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
A Wicked Pack Of Cards
a book of unusual business spells (Volume)
Marcus John Henry Brown - Jan 30, 2020
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A Wicked Pack Of Cards is a poem with a kaleidoscope of different voices. It is a place where a keynote speaker chatters with a green knight; an old God teases a lost businessman with the prospect of a career-changing riddle; and where Europe’s most famous Business Magician offers salvation to all those who believe in his wicked pack of cards. Set ...
Tom Critchlow
Feb 07, 2020
This is a magical little book. Bewitching and powerful in it's influence.      source
Satin Island
A novel
Tom McCarthy - Feb 17, 2015
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From the author of Remainder (the major feature-film adaption of which will be released in 2015) and C (short-listed for the Booker Prize), and winner of the Windham Campbell Prize, a novel that promises to give us the first and last word on the world--modern, postmodern, whatever world you think you are living in.When we first meet U., our narrato...
Tom Critchlow
Aug 29, 2019
@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