September's reading list came courtesy of WIRED UK's founding editor and, more recently, author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds.
David Rowan, founding Editor-in-chief of WIRED’s UK edition (2008-17), is the author of Non-Bullshit Innovation: Radical Ideas from the World’s Smartest Minds (Penguin, 2019), a global quest for bold corporate innovation in the face of technology-led disruption. David has been a technology columnist for The Times, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and The Sunday Times, and hosts a new podcast series about tech founders called Walks With Founders.
He's spent time with the founders of WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Google, Didi, Spotify, Xiaomi, Nest, Twitter and countless other ambitious startups from Tel Aviv to Shenzhen (and has invested in many of them too), and recently launched Voyagers.io, a non-profit taking amazing people for weekend adventures designed to build close community.
On the evening of 10th September David shared an eclectic reading list which reflected his obsession with reportable reality, a love of language and storytelling, and gave us an insight into his passion for purposefully building communities.
Below are David's recommendations, all now freely avaialble to borrow in the Library — and thanks to Sam Bush for his photographs too.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly
They Have a Word for It by Howard Rheingold
The New Journalism by Tom Wolf
Addiction by Design by Natasha Dow Schüll