John Rendon, the founder and CEO of The Rendon Group, recommends the following books:
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Adm. James Stavridis
Joi Ito and Jeff Howe
Ivo Daalder and Mac Destler
Gavin Newsom and Lisa Dickey
Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom
Richard Neustadt and Ernest May
Nadia Idle and Alex Nunnis
Facebook's role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy
TED | Carole Cadwalladr
This TED Talk digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK's super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters -- and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election -- Cadwalladr calls out the "gods of Silicon Valley" for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?
A Fighter Pilot’s Guide to Effective Communication
Harvard Business Review | Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman
Communication in military combat is essential to successfully execute a plan. It ensures safety, keeps everyone focused on their responsibilities, and builds awareness in rapidly changing environments. As a business leader, do you have a “comm plan” with your employees and colleagues?
The brain-changing benefits of exercise
TED | Wendi Suzuki
What's the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today? Exercise! says neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Get inspired to go to the gym as Suzuki discusses the science of how working out boosts your mood and memory — and protects your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.
2019 Edelman Trust Barometer
Trust Barometer reveals that trust has changed profoundly in the past year—people have shifted their trust to the relationships within their control, most notably their employers. Globally, 75 percent of people trust “my employer” to do what is right, significantly more than NGOs (57 percent), business (56 percent) and media (47 percent).
Neuroscience says listening to this song reduces anxiety by up to 65%
Fast Company | Melanie Curtin
Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one’s health. Now, neuroscientists out of the UK have specified which tunes give you the most bang for your musical buck. One song resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety.
Augmented Reality Will Put the Internet Everywhere
Wall Street Journal | Joanna Stern
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook see AR as the future and are spending a lot of money to develop it. Imagine, while making dinner in your AR glasses, a countdown appears over your pasta, along with a suggested pairing from your connected wine fridge and an alert from your Peloton bike about how to burn off all those carbs. But this tech has more than a few privacy issues.
Serbia Protests: How Social Media Facilitates Political Protest
Forbes | Rebecca Banovic
Citizens are unable to express their dissatisfaction through established institutional channels – the Progressive Party holds a tight grip on television and print media, the latter of which continues to dominate Serbian media consumption. Thus protesters have taken to social media – where unfettered by the government, use of the internet by Serbians as their primary news source has tripled in just six years.
Bill Gates: How we’ll invent the future
MIT Technology Review | Bill Gates
Bill Gates curated the list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2019. He was inspired by technologies that improve quantity and quality of life.
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