All posts filed under: Books

The Books I Read in 2014

Books / Digital Rights

At the end of each year I try to list the books that I’ve read during that year. I’ve done this in 2012 and in 2013. Below you’ll find the list of books that I’ve read in 2014. This year I’ve also added the other media that I regularly consume: what magazines and newspapers do I read, what are some notable RSS feeds that look at and what podcasts have been on my playlist? I’ve […]

The Books I Read in 2013

Books / Digital Rights / Learning

Just like last year I decided to publish an overview of the books that I’ve read during the year. This year I managed to read 48 books (I am really missing my daily commute, don’t believe the 47 in the picture above) which I’ve put in the following categories: Philosophy Mcluhan’s Understanding Media is the single most important book on technology that I’ve ever read. His probes are all-encompassing and still very relevant 50 years […]

Out-Innovating the Competition

Books / Innovation

  Stephen Shapiro from 27-4 Innovation was plugging his latest book Best Practices Are Stupid – 40 ways to Out-Innovate the Competition at an event I attended today. His focus is on how to speed up or accelerate the rate of innovation. He started with an exercise where he pretended to measure how fast our brains were. He did this by shouting out different numbers in a very quick fashion. We had to capture those […]

Reading McLuhan’s Understanding Media: Join Me! (#umrg)


Technology is never neutral. It is not just a tool. We know that technology has affordances and makes certain things harder and other things easier. As Benkler says “Technology creates feasibility spaces for social practice.” One of the most fundamental thinkers on what media does to us was the “oracle from Toronto” Marshall McLuhan. He was a prominent figure in the sixties who was well known for his ability to speak in insightful but opaque […]

A Day of Conversations at Learning Technologies 2013

Books / Innovation / Learning

This is now my fourth year in a row that I manage to do a quick visit to the Learning Technologies exhibition in London. Like last year I decided to try and speak to as many luminaries as possible and ask them what they were planning to do in the coming year. Steve Dineen Steve is founder and CEO of Fusion Universal which is going strong as it has just signed the term sheets with […]

The Books I Read in 2012

Books / Innovation / Learning

Inspired by Tony Haile I have decided to write a yearly post in which I list the books that I have read for the year. This year I managed to read 57 books (still 18 books short on my seemingly unattainable goal of reading 75 books a year. Please note that the categories are quite arbitrary, but mean something for me. Having a Goodreads account really helped me with this exercise. Some people ask me […]

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Books / Featured
History of the World in 100 Objects

Last week I spent three days at the British Museum in London exploring their History of the World in 100 Objects collection. I had bought the book earlier and showed up on a Monday morning with the intention of going to see each object in the book (preferably in order) and reading the chapter about that object while sitting next to the object. By Wednesday noon I was done with a mindblowing experience behind me. […]

Teaching as a Subversive Activity – A Short Review

Books / Learning

Anything with “subversive” in the title has my attention, especially if it relates to teaching. Even though this book is more than 40 years old (1969) Postman and Weingartner are making an argument that is very similar to the argument that is being made today around the bankruptcy of an educational system that is based on the needs of an industrial society. They write that for the first time in history change has become so […]

Speed Dating at the 2012 Learning Technologies

Books / Learning / Open

On Wednesday, January 25th I attended the Learning Technologies exhibit at Olympia in London. I used agreeadate to schedule as many meetings with corporate learning luminaries as possible. Next to catching up, I decided to ask each of them the following four questions: What will be the most exciting (professional) thing you are planning to do in 2012? Which corporate learning trend will “break through” this year? Which company (other than your own) is doing […]

Make Sure You Read This: Hackers by Steven Levy

Books / Open

Wow! This is a masterful book. Levy reports on three different eras that have shaped modern computing: The group of hackers at MIT in the early sixties who were the first to use computers for anything other than computing things (the first computer game, the first chess computer, the first time that a computer is connected to a robot, etc.) and created a culture, the hacker ethic, in the process. The people around the Homebrew […]