Accelerating Change 2005. September 16-18, Stanford University. Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Amplification. Transforming Technology, Empowering Humanity

Top 50 Bookshelf

ASF's currently recommended "Top 50" generalist titles for broad strategic thinking about accelerating change in the human environment. Click on each to see reviews at Have others to suggest that are more broadly or strategically important? Let us know.

Big Picture
A Brief History of Everything, Ken Wilber, 2001
Global Brain: The Evolution of the Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century, Howard Bloom, 2000
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Jared Diamond, 1999
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Robert Wright, 2000
The Singularity is Near, Ray Kurzweil, 2005

Creative Destruction, Richard Foster and Sarah Kaplan, 2001
It's Not the Big That Eat the Small, It's the Fast that Eat the Slow, Jason Jennings, 2002
Leading the Revolution: Making Innovation a Way of Life, Gary Hamel, 2002
Seeing What's Next, Clayton Christiansen, 2004
The Balanced Scorecard: Translating Strategy into Action, Robert Kaplan and David Norton, 1996
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, C. K. Prahalad, 2004
The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham, 2003
The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman, 2005

Science/Science Theory
An Introduction to General Systems Thinking, Gerald Weinberg, 1975/2001
Biocosm, James Gardner, 2003
Cosmic Evolution: The Rise of Complexity in Nature
, Eric Chaisson, 2002
Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe
, Simon Conway Morris, 2003
Linked: The New Science of Networks, Albert Barabasi, 2002
Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age, Duncan Watts, 2003
Ubiquity: The Science of History, Or Why the World is Simpler than You Think, Mark Buchanan, 2001

Society, Politics, and Humanism
Development as Freedom, Amartya Sen, 2000
Diffusion of Innovations, Everett Rogers, 2003
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Charles MacKay, 1841/1995
From Third World to First: The Singapore Story, 1965-2000, Lee Kuan Yew, 2000
In Defense of Globalization, Jadgish Bhagwati, 2004
Millennials Rising, Niel Howe and William Strauss, 2000
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World, Kevin Kelly, 1994
The Future of Freedom, Fareed Zakaria, 2003
The Mystery of Capital, Hernando De Soto, 2003
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell, 2002
The Wisdom of Crowds, James Surowiecki, 2004

Digital Biology, Peter Bentley, 2002
Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change Us,
Rodney Brooks, 2002
Nanotechnology: A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea, Mark Ratner, 2002
Natural-Born Cyborgs: Minds, Technologies, and the Future of Human Intelligence, Andy Clark, 2003
Net Attitude
, John Patrick, 2001
On Intelligence, Jeff Hawkins, 2004
Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, Francis Fukuyama, 2002
Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do, B.J. Fogg, 2002
The Age of Spiritual Machines, Ray Kurzweil, 1999
Visions of Technology: A Century of Vital Debate about Machines, Systems, and the Human World, Richard Rhodes, 2000
Visualize This: Collaboration, Communication, and Commerce in the 21st Century
, Joe Clabby, 2001
When Things Start to Think, Niel Gershenfeld, 2000

Trends and Indicators
2000 Index of Economic Freedom, Gerald O'Driscoll, 1999
Global Trends 2005: A Owner's Manual for the Next Decade, Michael Mazarr, 2001
It's Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends in the Last 100 Years, Stephen Moore and Julian Simon, 2000
Penguin Atlas of War and Peace, Dan Smith, 2003
Penguin State of the World Atlas, Dan Smith, 2003
The First Measured Century: Trends in America, 1900-2000, Theodore Caplow et. al., 2000
The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, Gregg Easterbrook, 2003
World Factbook 2004, Central Intelligence Agency, 2003
The World in 2020, Hamish MacRae, 1996

World Security/Outlook/Environment
Of Paradise and Power, Robert Kagan, 2003
Global Crises, Global Solutions, Bjorn Lomborg (Ed.), 2004
The Pentagon's New Map, Thomas Barnett, 2004
The Skeptical Environmentalist, Bjorn Lomborg, 2001
The Transparent Society, David Brin, 1998

Youth Reading
Tackling Tomorrow Today, Art Shostak (Ed.), 2005. (Four volume set).

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Key Questions
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