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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 - 2022-02-24
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"Supercharge Me" offers practical solutions for fighting the climate crisis without sacrificing lifestyles or increasing taxes. Grounded in reality, the authors draw lessons from successful positive incentives and smart regulations. This book provides hope and tangible ideas for change that will inspire activists and reframe the climate crisis as an opportunity.
Wolfgang Blau
@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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Discover how you can make a positive impact on the environment with this book on reducing your carbon footprint. Climate change researcher, Seth Wynes, provides simple and effective ways to make changes at home, work, and in your daily life. Start with one thing your family can change today and see the science behind the impact. Don't wait - take action now to help save our planet.
Wolfgang Blau
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 - 1989-11-29 (first published in 1988)
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"Indian Givers" by Jack Weatherford explores the vital contributions made by the indigenous people of the Americas to modern society. From our federal system of government to modern medicine, anthropology expert Jack Weatherford uncovers their impact on agriculture, architecture, and ecology. Discover a groundbreaking book that uncovers a true American history.
Wolfgang Blau
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 - 2014-08-19
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This groundbreaking book asks the question: despite overwhelming scientific evidence, why do we still ignore climate change? George Marshall takes us on a journey through the psychological mechanisms that cause us to know something is true but act as if it is not. With engaging stories and insights from Nobel Prize-winning psychologists, as well as conservative activists and leading climate scientists, Marshall argues that understanding what motivates us is key to rethinking climate change. Don't Even Think About It is not just about the environment, but also about what makes us human and how we can rise to face the greatest challenge of our time.
Wolfgang Blau
@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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"Get informed about the climate crisis with this simple and engaging guide, featuring clear illustrations and expert insights from a climate science leader. Learn about the rapid changes affecting our planet and discover suggestions for how our lifestyles can be changed to make a difference. Part of the award-winning 'for Beginners' series, this book features colorful illustrations and tips for staying motivated in the face of overwhelming news."
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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 - 2014-05-27
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"The Culture Map" by Erin Meyer is a must-read for anyone navigating the globalized and virtual world of business. With insights and guidance from a renowned expert, this book explores the subtleties and challenges of working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. From Americans who sugarcoat criticism to Germans who get straight to the point, understanding cultural differences can make or break a career. With a field-tested model and practical advice, this book decodes the impact of culture on international business success.
Wolfgang Blau
@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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This groundbreaking book by a preeminent psychologist challenges the notion that human behavior is hard-wired and proves that culture plays a significant role in shaping our thoughts and perceptions. The Geography of Thought offers a map to the gulf that separates Eastern and Western ways of thinking and a blueprint for a bridge that can span it. A must-read for anyone interested in cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.
Wolfgang Blau
@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 - 2017-03-14 (first published in 2014)
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Explore the world of utopian thinking with this thought-provoking read. From universal basic income to eliminating borders and poverty, Rutger Bregman challenges traditional left-right divides with ideas whose time has come. This bestseller will surprise and enlighten you with its originality, as it sparked a national movement for basic income experiments. Don't miss out on this brilliant and eminently readable journey through history.
Wolfgang Blau
„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 - 1987-02-06 (first published in 1977)
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Learn how early industrialization influenced modern society with "The Railway Journey" by Wolfgang Schivelbusch. Discover how the railroad, an early dramatic technological change, altered our perceptions of distance, time, autonomy, speed, and risk. This engaging study covers a variety of topics, including architecture, culture, fatigue, shock, and city planning, and provides valuable insights into the prehistory of modern media and digitalization.
Wolfgang Blau
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
The Power of Customer Misbehavior by M. Fisher