The short version: lists of books/newsletters/publications/organizations/conferences/events/festivals/people/podcasts/think tanks/institutes/consultancies/research labs/communities to read/follow/subscribe to/listen to/join/learn from/attend for the purpose of learning, organized by oddly specific categories but generally relating to digital sociology+future of work+business+entrepreneurship+leadership+sociology+psychology+culture and society+technology+design+the arts+data.
The long version: I missed the readings and discussions and paper writing of my undergraduate media theory classes. I missed having a steady flow of high quality content that kept me thinking critically, learning new ideas and perspectives, and developing an interdisciplinary, global, and flexible mindset.
So I’ve been opening newsletters and clicking links and purposefully yet organically discovering content and sources of that content and writing it all down on a list.
But, in order for that list to be of any use, it needs to have categories or subjects around which to group the content. That's what I've done here, I've organized it.
It’s probably also important to note that I have not read all of these books, read every edition of every newsletter, listened to every podcast. They’re on my list, because I heard or learned about them somewhere or had them recommended to me.
Maybe they’ll make it onto your list too. I hope you find your things that you’d rather spend your time consuming than scrolling endlessly on social media.
Fiction that will make you think about aspects of shared human experiences through specific lenses
If you actually really like your job but still want to set healthy boundaries and learn about work-life balance or blend or dance or whatever you want to call it
If you want to stay up to date on what intelligent voices of Gen Z are saying, so that you don't look down on people younger than you and wall yourself off from potentially learning from what they have to say
If you want to learn about resilience
If you want to think about and be inspired by the intersection of startups, creativity, and human-centered work