Have you already read all your books and listened to all your favorite podcasts? We might have some inspiration for you!

What crazy times we are currently living in! While digitalization seems to get a boost like never before (yay!), we also spend all our time at home (for those who can) where it sometimes might seem difficult to get new inspiration. This is why we asked our board members and active supportes whether they would share their favorite podcasts, books, and articles that touch upon the topics of technology, innovation or/and diversity. The list would go forever, there is so much brilliant content out there, so we shortened it a bit, but don’t worry if you made it through the list, let us now, and we share the second part of the list with you! Also, if your favorite one is missing here, drop me an email melanie@weshape.tech and I will add it later on.

Podcasts

50 in Tech

A short and crisp podcast (in English) with actionable advise to break through career or business and best practices to improve diversity and inclusion in tech.


ada – Heute das Morgen verstehen

This podcast (in German) highlights how technology is changing us humans and the way we live together in society in order to make the world of tomorrow comprehensible today.


Gimlet – reply all

According to the newspaper Guardian, it is a podcast about the internet that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it.


Master of Scale

Startup advice from Silicon Valley and beyond. The podcast is in English.


Pivot

Sharp, unfiltered insights into the biggest stories (in English) in tech, business and politics. With a focus on North America.


Point Barre

A podcast (in French) about everything concerning hightech, multimedia and the internet. Check it out here.


Role Models

The Role Models Podcast (in German) is a series of wide-reaching recorded conversations with inspiring women about their approach to life and career, lessons learned, and challenges tackled.


SRF Digital

The technology podcast from Swiss radio and television. The topics range from Internet, smartphones, social networks, computer security and games. The digital world in all its aspects.


The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast

A podcast in English about what it means to be a transformational leader.


The Voices of VR Podcast

A podcast (in English) about designing for virtual reality. Check it out here.


Books


Designing your life.

By Bill Burnett & Dave Evans (2016). “I enjoyed reading this book very much and was always amazed about the yield and long-term effect. Especially the impulses for shaping your career are very inspiring and motivating, doing little exercises and reflections for yourself from time to time. After all, career shaping is never over – and it’s worthwhile to ask yourself from time to time where you stand and how you can further develop and open up new territory.”Link to Audible.


How can you trust? How technology brought us together and why it might drive us apart

By Rachel Botsman (2017). From Airbnb to Facebook and online dating to self-driving cars—find out how technology is revolutionising the nature of trust. The book gives insights about how the digital age changes trust, wrapped in a compelling narrativ of captivating and revealing stories. Link to the book.


How will you measure your life?

By Clayton M. Christensen (2012). In this book, world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen explores the personal benefits of business research. Coauthored with James Allworth and Karen Dillon, the book explains how well-tested academic theories can help us find meaning and happiness not just at work, but in life. Link to the book and an article about the book.


Invisible Women

By Caroline Criado Perez (2019). “The most impressive book I read in the last few months: Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. It’s about the data we have and generate which excludes and therefore often harms women.” Link to e-book.


Mein Kopf gehört mir

By Miriam Meckel (2018). A lot is already possible when it comes to our brain and technological progress: writing texts by thinking or playing a computer game? No problem. Giving paraplegics a part of their range of motion back via a brain implant? No problem either. But as progress is made, the expectations placed on our brain grow: Couldn’t our thinking become more efficient? Do we really need eight hours of sleep to allow the brain to recover? Couldn’t we lighten our moods through targeted brain stimulation? Miriam Meckel takes the reader on a journey through the new world of brainhacking and raises important questions. Link to the book.


Sapiens: A brief history of the human kind

By Yuval Harari (2015). This book is a short telling of the entire human history, from pre-anatomically modern humans through the agricultural and scientific revolutions and to the present. Link to the book.


Shaping the future of the fourth revolution

By Klaus Schwab (2018). Drawing on contributions from 200 top experts in fields ranging from machine learning to geoengineering to nanotechnology, to data ethics, World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, equips readers with the practical tools to leverage the technologies of the future to leave the world better, safer, and more resilient than we found it. Link to the book.


We love Code, das kleine 101 des Programmierens

By Julia Hoffmann & Natalie Sontopski (2018). A witty and instructive book, written with great attention to detail. The two young women, Julia Hoffmann, Natalie Sontopski are also both founding members of Code Girls, Leipzig. As a reader, you learn in an easy to understand what programming languages are, how they work. Furthermore, the authors explain the basics of the digital world and show what lies behind the stylish interfaces of websites and apps. They write about programming, about data security and hacker parties, about the necessary hardware and the most important software. At the beginning of each chapter, they also introduce leading personalities in technology, a nice add on. Link to the book.


RESTful API Design

By Matthias Biehl . If you hear API, XML, SOAP, REST, JSON and Swagger and think this is Chinese, then read this book. Understanding how to link Software Systems is a key knowledge these days. And don’t let the abbreviations scare you – they are so well explained in this book, you’ll understand it on first reading (and that’s said by a person who usually only reads fiction). Link to the book.

Articles and videos

  • The “Jobs to be Done” Theory of Innovation (2016). By Clayton M. Christensen. Link to the article and podcast
  • The world after corona virus (2020). By Yuval Harari. Link to the article.
  • The danger of a single story (2009). By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Link to her TED talk

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