Reading Recommendations

2 Books standing upright with a third leaning against themPhil’s recommendations:

  • Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
    Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
    2008    Yale University Press

We make important decisions every day. Yet some of the critical decisions result in poor choices because we are influenced by our biases and the lack of information. These authors examine “choice architecture”  through the lens of libertarian paternalism. Do not get caught up in the political implications because the “nudge” concept will become a key tool in helping our students make better choices in engaging their college experience. Some choices are “high stakes” – one choice based on little information or much practice – can have a long term impact on one’s future. The characteristics of a high stakes event have helped me frame the internship as a high stakes event as internships become the doorkeeper to the workplace. Some of the examples may tire you but the set-up chapters are compelling.

  • Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy
    Judy Epstein
    2009 McGraw Hill

How is innovation come about? Are a lucky few born innovators? Can we build the competencies that turn on innovative processes? Innovation has certain characteristics (questioning, risk, openness, patience, and trust) and nourishes and thrives where research, development, and application intersect. The Author reviews the terrain — why a gap exists –and points fingers (Washington, D.C. just does not get it). Her most compelling chapter delves into creating our next generation innovators – starts with education, requires scientific literacy, inspiration, and leveraging young women. Should not come as a big surprise! But do we have the will to do it!