Whiplash

How to Survive Our Faster Future

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Chris MessinaHunterPro@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
Called one of the year's best designed books by Fast Company, Whiplash takes you inside the mind of @Joi, director of the MIT Media Lab, with former Wired writer Jeff Howe. I love the table of contents alone: 1 Emergence over Authority 2 Pull over Push 3 Compasses over Maps 4 Risk over Safety 5 Disobedience over Compliance 6 Practice over Theory 7 Diversity over Ability 8 Resilience over Strength 9 Systems over Objects And the synopsis suggests that this is a timely book, indeed: The world is more complex and volatile today than at any other time in our history. The tools of our modern existence are getting faster, cheaper, and smaller at an exponential rate, just as billions of strangers around the world are suddenly just one click or tweet or post away from each other. When these two revolutions joined, an explosive force was unleashed that is transforming every aspect of society, from business to culture and from the public sphere to our most private moments. Such periods of dramatic change have always produced winners and losers. The future will run on an entirely new operating system. It's a major upgrade, but it comes with a steep learning curve. The logic of a faster future oversets the received wisdom of the past, and the people who succeed will be the ones who learn to think differently. In WHIPLASH, Joi Ito and Jeff Howe distill that logic into nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period. From strategically embracing risks rather than mitigating them (or preferring "risk over safety") to drawing inspiration and innovative ideas from your existing networks (or supporting "pull over push"), this dynamic blueprint can help you rethink your approach to all facets of your organization. Filled with incredible case studies and leading-edge research and philosophies from the MIT Media Lab and beyond, WHIPLASH will help you adapt and succeed in this unpredictable world.