The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society, Frans de Waal


We hear about empathy more and more these days; there is even a travelling museum of empathy. But long before the media landed on it, Frans de Waal, one of the world’s leading primatologists and the discoverer that animals perform reconciliation, wrote this book summing up years of research and insights by himself and others [...]

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder By Nassim Nicholas Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb made his name in 2007 by coining the term ‘Black Swan’ events. The idea of a black swan was unthinkable in the West (where all swans are white) until such animals were discovered following European landings in Australia in the 18th [...]

Influence, by Robert Cialdini


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion  By Robert Cialdini In 1984 Dr Robert Cialdini published this ground-breaking book, which has been in print ever since (and revised four times). What makes it so relevant today is that many of the lessons he gives (having first extracted them from such unlikely places as con-men investigators of [...]