The “I need to read more books. Where should I start?” List

I am frequently asked how to get back into reading by friends and family. While everyone is different and will enjoy some genres or authors more than others, there are some books that appeal to all readers. Here are my recommendations for where to begin: What to read Sapiens: Yuval Noah Harari The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Michael Pollan The Alchemist: Paul Coelho Stuff Matters: Mark Miodownik Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: Robert M. Pirsig I love each of these books. Every one was captivating, insightful, and added value to my day to day life. I hope you agree!  Advertisements Continue reading The “I need to read more books. Where should I start?” List

21st Century Innovation Targets

The New Year gives us a chance to reflect on how far we have come and how far we still need to go. One of my favourite quotes is, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you will end up somewhere else.” (Yogi Berra). So in an effort to define a direction, I decided to write a brief list of some of the things I believe we need to accomplish by the end of the 21st century. Here’s the list: Achieve net negative global carbon emissions from human activity Produce energy from exclusively renewable sources Mine global landfills to produce … Continue reading 21st Century Innovation Targets

Where will compost take us?

In order to build civilization, humans have always required physical raw materials. For most of time, these materials have been naturally occurring substances with crude modifications (think stone bricks or wooden planks). Left to their own devices and given enough time, these materials decompose and erode harmlessly back into the ecosystem. In the last two hundred years, we have developed the god-like ability to create materials that have incredible structural resilience and will almost never wear or break down (think plastic, carbon fibre). Much of our societies are now comprised of these super-materials. This has allowed us to make enormous … Continue reading Where will compost take us?

The “I need to read more books. Where should I start?” List – Business Edition

I recently posted a list of my top five general picks for books to read if you don’t read often. I’m interested in business, and there are a whack of marvellous business books that will help you refine your mind and develop your voice. For the entrepreneur or executive alike, here are my recommendations: How to Win Friends and Influence People: Dale Carnegie Let My People Go Surfing: Yvon Chouinard The Promise of a Pencil: Adam Braun The Wealth of Nations – Book I: Adam Smith Shoe Dog: Phil Knight To me, each of these books shed light on a … Continue reading The “I need to read more books. Where should I start?” List – Business Edition

Is it a matter of degree or of kind?

This is an important question. If something is a matter of kind, then you can segregate, separate, and discriminate between the kinds. If, however, it is a matter of degree, you no longer have the ability to apply a taxonomical system. You must learn to appreciate the potential variation, the existence of a unit as potentially fitting into more than one distinct category. As we learn more about the universe and it’s constituent parts, we are realizing that everything is made up of a small set of uniform building blocks, in massive quantities, that when combined in different ways make … Continue reading Is it a matter of degree or of kind?

Cafe Myriade

As I sit here in the back table of Cafe Myriade, gazing through the early-morning faces and warm lighting out into the dim grey morning, I can’t help but feel at home here. Always a warm smile on the busy baristas, always a soul-comforting cup of south-American-bean-soaked-hot-water. So simple of a place. Some tables, chairs, a coffee machine, some milks, and a massive, never ending supply of roasted tree-seeds. Yet it creates an environment so warm, welcoming, and calm. All they do is serve stimulants, but the atmosphere is calmed by the activity. There is no wrong here. No you … Continue reading Cafe Myriade