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Dan Gottesman

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  • How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
  • By: Dan Heath, Chip Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,317
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,060

In a compelling, story-driven narrative, the Heaths bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better Than Made to Stick

  • By Jeremy on 02-24-10

helped me better understand how to drive change

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Reviewed: 03-20-19

the concepts for driving successful change were made clear through interesting and varied examples. it helped confirm for me the possibility of driving change from a wide range of positions within an organization.a

  • Decisive

  • How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively listenable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Wothwhile Advice - get you WRAP on

  • By GH on 03-27-13

helpful interesting support for decision making

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Reviewed: 02-13-19

Chip and Dan Heath teach us about decision-making, and provide a framework to support more effective decision-making. They bringing input from many of the worlds most forward-thinking academics along with real world application examples. They give clear credit to others who they are quoting or drawing upon or referencing, helping us as readers better understand the contributions of others to the field of decision-making and where we might go to read the more in-depth perspectives.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,578

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How do you prioritize when everything is top priority? I have an answer now.

  • By Megan Carr on 01-31-18

Real life dilemmas framed and computed

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Reviewed: 01-31-19

I found it fascinating to hear how computer science and math can address very real world life dilemmas, and to learn that there really are good and superior choices to some simple challenges that I face in my own life as many of us do.

I learned a considerable amount about computer science and math which I found fascinating

The book may not be for a technophobe nor does it require an understanding of math or computer science. Come with a curious mind and learn how some common dilemmas of life have been translated into mathematical and computable problems and sometimes solved.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

Wow! Insightful captivating scary and inspiring

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Reviewed: 01-05-19

Wow! An insightful broad captivating and scary perspective on history, humanity's future path, civilization and ourselves. I'd like to see it on the curriculum of every highschool.. And we as adults too can choose, as Yuval Noah Harari suggests we consider, to play a conscious and active role in the future of humanity. Give it a listen. or read.

  • Thinking in Systems

  • A Primer
  • By: Donella H. Meadows
  • Narrated by: Tia Rider Sorensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

In the years following her role as the lead author of the international best seller, Limits to Growth - the first book to show the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet - Donella Meadows remained a pioneer of environmental and social analysis until her untimely death in 2001. Thinking in Systems is a concise and crucial book offering insight for problem-solving on scales ranging from the personal to the global. Edited by the Sustainability Institute's Diana Wright, this essential primer brings systems thinking out of the realm of computers and equations and into the tangible world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • systems allow us to better understand the world

  • By Dan Gottesman on 12-14-18

systems allow us to better understand the world

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Reviewed: 12-14-18

Very interesting. And it became more captivating with each chapter. I'll recommend it to others.

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  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,739

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school - we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read not for Listening

  • By carlos gomez on 06-01-18

A must listen/read for all who value truth

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Reviewed: 12-07-18

Enjoyable and enlightening listen or read bringing into focus realities and misconceptions of our world that I and most of us have carried most of pour lives.

Hans shows us how our view world we live in, is in many cases outdated, or just plain wrong, yet we behave in our decision-making and relationships based on our often wrong understanding of reality. For those of us who value truth, and basing decisions on truth, the learning available to us from Factfullness is immeasurably valuable.

A powerful case is laid out for a new approach to how we learn and draw conclusions about our surroundings and the rest of the world on all levels. In fact applying the teachings could even change the way we think about ourselves.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Scarcity

  • Why Having Too Little Means So Much
  • By: Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do the lonely find it hard to make friends? These questions seem unconnected, yet Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir show that they are all are examples of a mindset produced by scarcity. Drawing on cutting-edge research from behavioral science and economics, Mullainathan and Shafir show that scarcity creates a similar psychology for everyone struggling to manage with less than they need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super interesting. Time to start saving money.

  • By Zhen Zhu on 09-30-16

Important and fascinating perspective

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Reviewed: 10-23-18

Important and fascinating perspective through which to view how we humans live our lives and behave. Dealing with scarcity of time or scarcity of money impacts our lives to an extent beyond what I previously understood.

  • The Surrender Experiment

  • My Journey into Life's Perfection
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Singer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,696

Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul, tells the extraordinary story of what happened when, after a deep spiritual awakening, he decided to let go of his personal preferences and simply let life call the shots. As Singer takes you on this great experiment and journey into life's perfection, the events that transpire will both challenge your deepest assumptions about life and inspire you to look at your own life in a radically different way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Highest Path Of Freedom

  • By Caleb G. on 06-12-15

Inspiring interesting informative impactful

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Reviewed: 07-19-18

Thank you Mickey Singer for sharing your life's story and perspective in such a fascinating and informative way. listening to this book has already shifted something in me in the way that I approach situations in my life. I am now more open to engaging and working on things that I face that I previously wasted effort thinking about and questioned the importance or value of and procrastinated to avoid. This had opened pathways for me to learn and grow.

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun. Enlightening. Fast Paced.

  • By W. Brooks on 01-11-18

interesting and valuable!

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Reviewed: 02-16-18

interesting and valuable information presented clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. now I may buy the print or Kindle version so I can give back in for specific actionable content.