Inspiration for your summer vacation (Book recommendations!)

As summer vacation continues, here are three more books to refresh yourself, recommended by GLOBIS Faculty. 

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Recommended by Gil Chavez

This summarizes decades of groundbreaking research that led to Daniel Kahneman receiving the Nobel Prize for Economics. Conducted with his long-time research partner, Amos Tversky, the research challenged common assumptions regarding rational decision-making, pioneering what is now behavioral economics, and changing the way we look at data, decisions, and even government regulations.

If you have any interest how decisions are made, or are required to make decisions in daily business, then you should read this so that you will know that your cognitive biases and inclination to reframe questions into more easily answered questions heavily influence how you think and decide. Even just knowing this should help you to become a better decision maker, negotiator, manager, and critical thinker.

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World By Jacqueline Novogratz

Recommended by Suzuka Kobayakawa

A must read for those who are interested in social entrepreneurship

If there are social issues that you want to address, but you are struggling where to start, this book is for you. Written by the founder and CEO of Acumen, this book will give you insights and courage. Its vivid, inspiring stories make you feel as if you are next to the author, hearing voices of women at a bakery shop in Rwanda, dancing in the dark while it’s raining in Kenya, and sharing confusion, sadness, anger, patience, and hope with her.

It is not just about doing good—it’s about business and viable business models that can provide for the social good. Jacqueline founded the Acumen Fund to expand social impact, applying business principles to social change, after earning her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The Blue Sweater changed my life. Because of the book, I moved to Africa, worked in Nigeria, and met many extraordinary people. Then, I developed a graduate course in Social Venture Management at GLOBIS University in Japan. As the book has encouraged me, it gives you the power to step forward and take an action.

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Recommended by Brian Cathcart

Other books on this list are newer, but if you are looking for inspiration to find your personal mission, your true calling, try this classic. 

A trained psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl shares his survival of a concentration camp during the Holocaust, and the philosophy he developed from this experience. In the end, it is finding and focusing on what really matters—creating purpose and meaning—that helps him keep on living despite the most difficult of circumstances. 

The book sold more than 10 million copies, was translated into 24 languages, and is considered one of the top 10 most influential books in US history. While not a light book, for those of you striving for meaning, a spark, an inspiration to take the next step, this is highly recommended. It changed my life, and I hope it sparks yours. 

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