Here’s one you must get your hands on, and soon. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel Pink is on my top ten nonfiction of all time list. Those out there who know me know I have little patience for nonfiction as a rule, but here’s your exception.
Most of us grew up memorizing poems in school. Soon poets will rule the world. I can’t help getting a little misty about this.
“We are moving from an economy and a society built on the logical, linear, computerlike capabilities of the Information Age to an economy and society built on the inventive, empathetic, big-picture capabilities of what’s rising in its place, the Conceptual Age.”
Pink, bless his heart, even says that an MFA is the new MBA. He also includes exercises for those left-brainers who might need a nudge in the Right direction. Check out his blog and site here.
In addition to making me feel a tad better about my non-mathematical, right-brained self, A Whole New Mind also gives me hope for my lovely daughter Emily who’s working diligently through a Creative Writing major. Maybe she won’t have to wait tables after all.
P.S. – If you’re making a bedside stack of winter reading, put this one on top. Here are two more that should go just underneath:
The Rise of the Creative Class (Richard Florida)
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)