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Wolfgang Blau is the global Chief Operating Officer of Condé Nast and President of Condé Nast International with responsibility for the company's print and digital portfolio and new businesses in China, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, India, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Mexico as well as license relationships in 16 countries. Globally, he oversees Product & Technology, Data & Insight, Business Development, Brand Licensing, Business Transformation & Delivery, as well as Global Editorial Operations.
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Supercharge Me
Net Zero Faster
Eric Lonergan, Corinne Sawers - 2022-02-01
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@GeoffreyLean @tomjennings @DavidRVetter Completely agree, Geoffrey. On that note, you may enjoy the book ‘Supercharge me: Net Zero faster’ which very much focusses on a new balance between incentivising and disincentivising (or punitive) climate policies. Hastily edited, but still eye-opening:      source
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What You Can Do to Reduce Climate Change
Seth Wynes - 2019-10-01
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'The most effective ways for individuals to reduce their carbon footprint' INewsClimate Change researcher, Seth Wynes, sets out in the simplest terms how you can make a real and positive impact.Make changes at home, at work, to how you shop, eat, live - start by finding one thing your family can change with this book and do it today.What you do mat...
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In my interviews with news organisations, many journalists mentioned that their readers/viewers/listeners were most interested in the practical actions they could take to help reduce climate change. This book by @WynesSeth is refreshingly pragmatic and easy to read:      source
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Indian Givers
How Native Americans Transformed the World
Jack Weatherford - 2010-08-03 (first published in 1988)
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" As entertaining as it is thoughtful....Few contemporary writers have Weatherford's talent for making the deep sweep of history seem vital and immediate." THE WASHINGTON POSTAfter 500 years, the world's huge debt to the wisdom of the Indians of the Americas has finally been explored in all its vivid drama by anthropologist Jack Weatherford. He tra...
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Rick Santorum should have read this book about the profound influence Native Americans had on the US Constitution and thus also on the French Revolution and European democracies of today:      source
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Don't Even Think About It
Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
George Marshall - 2015-08-18
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A witty, insightful, and groundbreaking take on one of the most urgent questions of our time: Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change?Most of us recognize that climate change is real yet we do nothing to stop it. What is the psychological mechanism that allows us to know something is true but act as if it is...
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@brendonvolpe :-) and that book is great, indeed. Such a brave thing George Marshall did there, questioning his own assumptions.      source
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Climate Crisis for Beginners
Andy Prentice - 2021-02-25
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This book explains, in simple language and with clear illustrations, what the climate is, and how it is changing very rapidly at the moment, and the effects this is having on our planet. It tackles suggestions about what needs to change in the way people live, from power stations to farming, and explains why it’s so difficult to do. Along the way, ...
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Part of my climate journalism research focusses on how to even define ‚climate literacy‘: Which basic facts should be ‚general knowledge‘ in newsrooms? To my surprise, I found children‘s magazines and books to be a great starting point. I recommend this:      source
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The Culture Map
Erin Meyer - 2016-01-05 (first published in 2014)
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Whether you work in a home office or abroad, business success in our ever more globalized and virtual world requires the skills to navigate through cultural differences and decode cultures foreign to your own. Renowned expert Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain where people from starkly different backgrounds ...
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@CesarCegamu these two books on intercultural understanding go far beyond the usual stereotypes and helped me a great deal in my work (and life).      source
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The Geography of Thought
How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why
Richard E. Nisbett - 2004-04-05 (first published in 2003)
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A “landmark book” (Robert J. Sternberg, president of the American Psychological Association) by one of the world's preeminent psychologists that proves human behavior is not “hard-wired” but a function of culture.Everyone knows that while different cultures think about the world differently, they use the same equipment for doing their thinking. But...
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@CesarCegamu these two books on intercultural understanding go far beyond the usual stereotypes and helped me a great deal in my work (and life).      source
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Utopia for Realists
How We Can Build the Ideal World
Rutger Bregman - 2018-03-27 (first published in 2014)
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From a universal basic income to a 15-hour workweek, from a world without borders to a world without poverty – it’s time to return to utopian thinking.Rutger Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come. Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes ...
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„Bismarck said politics is the art of the possible. In our time, though, politics has to be about making the impossible inevitable“ — paraphrased from Rutger Bregman‘s inspiring book ‚Utopia for realists‘, p. 253      source
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The Railway Journey
The Industrialization of Time and Space in the Nineteenth Century
Wolfgang Schivelbusch - 2014-05-05 (first published in 1977)
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The impact of constant technological change upon our perception of the world is so pervasive as to have become a commonplace of modern society. But this was not always the case; as Wolfgang Schivelbusch points out in this fascinating study, our adaptation to technological change—the development of our modern, industrialized consciousness—was very m...
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About my last tweet just now: There is more to it. But if you want to read a fantastic book on real railway history and culture, look for W. Schivelbusch’s ‘The Railway Journey’:      source
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The Power of Customer Misbehavior
Drive Growth and Innovation by Learning from Your Customers
M. Fisher - 2013-10-31
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The Power of Customer Misbehavior explores the importance of customer driven innovation for top line and bottom line growth. It shows how companies should not only learn to identify how their products are being misused, but also how to use this knowledge to innovate new products and services that better meet customer needs and promote viral growth....
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@jandersonQZ great book on that topic:      source