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Summer Reads Week Two: Knowledge Level Up with Diana Verde Nieto

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Summer Reads Week Two: Knowledge Level Up with Diana Verde Nieto

To continue our month of Summer Reads we turn to our Co-Founder and CEO Diana Verde Nieto, who shared her insights with us this week on the theme of ‘Knowledge Level Up’. These  recommendations of inspiring books cover different aspects of ESG+, and will help equip entrepreneurs, innovators, and thinkers with the inspiration they need to take their thinking to the next level.

Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben 

In Hidden Life of Trees German forester Peter Wohlleben opens our mind to an entirely new way of looking at the forest, making the case that it is a natural social network. Asking questions like ‘how to trees live?’, ‘are trees social beings?’, and ‘Do they feel pain or have awareness of their surroundings?’, Wohlleben provides an astonishing new perspective.  

He draws on ground-breaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.  

The Lost Art of Connecting, Susan McPherson 

At the heart of this extraordinary re-examination of how to communicate in the social media era are three simple steps: 

  1. Gather: Don’t wait for networking opportunities, instead create them yourself. Susan McPherson recommends that professionals think outside the box and host dinner parties, join local meet-up groups, or volunteer in their neighbourhood. These will generate genuine connections that can shape your life or career. 
  1. Ask: Asking for help or asking to help is far more powerful that pitching. People are tired of rehearsed elevator pitches but helping opens the door to shared resources, experience, contacts, and perspectives. 
  1. Do: This feels like common sense but turn new connections into meaningful relationships is a matter of following through on the promises you make and keeping in touch. 

If we could all learn to live by these rules, networking could become a human and enriching part of our lives, instead of something we all dread.  

Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism, John Elkington 

Friend of Positive Luxury and the ‘Godfather of Sustainability’ John Elkington has done it again with this stunning look into the future of capitalism. Where Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Black Swans’ examines the problems that are taking us exponentially toward breakdown, Green Swans finds solutions that take us exponentially towards a new, kinder way of living in harmony with nature.  

His approach to thinking about the future of business and capitalism aligns with Positive Luxury’s and shows us ways to survive the coming shift in global priorities and expand our horizons from responsibility, through resilience, and onto regeneration. 

Friend of Positive Luxury and the ‘Godfather of Sustainability’ John Elkington has done it again with this stunning look into the future of capitalism.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast Food World, Michael Pollan 

Michael Pollan is a leading light when it comes to thinking about what we eat and – most importantly – whether we should be eating it. He has spent the past twenty years writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs, and architecture.  

In The Omnivore’s Dilemma he takes a very complete and thoughtful look at a very simple question: ‘what shall we have for dinner?’. Anyone with an interest in living sustainably has agonised over this. Organic? Local or imported? Wild fish or farmed? Pollan follows his next meal from land to table, tracing the origin of everything consumed and the implications for ourselves and our planet. A truly enlightening look into what we eat.  

Ageless: The New Science of Getting Old Without Getting Old, Andrew Steel 

In Ageless computational biologist Andrew Steele examines the science behind biology’s biggest question: why do we get old and how can we stop it? 

Ageing is the world’s leading cause of death – one that we accept as inevitable in a way that we don’t with something like cancer. Ageing is so deeply ingrained in human experience that we never think to ask whether it is even necessary. Biologists, however, are not quite so complacent. Ageless  introduces us to cutting-edge research that is paving the way for a revolution in medicine and reveals how understanding the scientific implications of ageing could lead to the greatest discovery in the history of medicine – one that has the potential to improve billions of lives. 

Written by - Jacob Corner

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