The Next Big Idea Club’s December 2022 Nominees
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The Next Big Idea Club’s December 2022 Nominees

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The Next Big Idea Club’s December 2022 Nominees

I’m pleased to share what I consider the most promising, must-read nonfiction titles scheduled for release in December of 2022. These titles make up our second group of nominees for Season 20 of the Next Big Idea Club (the November group was announced here).

All nominated books will be shared with our Next Big Idea Club curators—Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, and Daniel Pink—who will narrow the list down to a handful of finalists and, ultimately, two official season selections.

Authors will also be invited to create a “Book Bite”, a 15-minute audio self-recording that features 5 big ideas from their book. It’s kind of like chatting with a stranger at a party—only that person just happened to write a fascinating nonfiction book!

And now, the December 2022 titles are…

The Toolbox: Strategies for Crafting Social Impact By Jacob Harold

The Toolbox: Strategies for Crafting Social Impact

By Jacob Harold
Publication Date: December 1, 2022

An essential blueprint for anyone interested in improving the world around them, The Toolbox: Methods and Mindsets for Social Impact is an incisive strategic guide that will prove to be indispensable for everyone who seeks to collaboratively build something better. View on Amazon

Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Fight for the Future of Meat By Chloe Sorvino

Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Fight for the Future of Meat

By Chloe Sorvino
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

A shocking and unputdownable exposé of the United States meat industry, the devastating failures of the country’s food system, and the growing disappointment of alternative meat producers claiming to revolutionize the future of food. View on Amazon

Escape from Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do About It By Erica Thompson

Escape from Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray and What We Can Do About It

By Erica Thompson
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

Whether we are worried about the spread of COVID-19 or making a corporate budget, we depend on mathematical models to help us understand the world around us every day. But models aren’t a mirror of reality. In fact, they are fantasies, where everything works out perfectly, every time. And relying on them too heavily can hurt us. View on Amazon

This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive By Nick Riggle

This Beauty: A Philosophy of Being Alive

By Nick Riggle
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

Inspirational clichés are at best vague, at worst stupid. Drawing on insights from aesthetics and his experiences as a professional skater and new father, Riggle shows us how we can understand the idea that life is beautiful enough to bear repeating. View on Amazon

Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises By Ray Dalio

Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises

By Ray Dalio
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

For the 10th anniversary of the 2008 financial crisis, one of the world’s most successful investors, Ray Dalio, shares his unique template for how debt crises work and principles for dealing with them well. This template allowed his firm, Bridgewater Associates, to antic­ipate events and navigate them well while others struggled badly. View on Amazon

Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood By Jessica Grose

Screaming on the Inside: The Unsustainability of American Motherhood

By Jessica Grose
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

What successful parenting has in common, regardless of culture or community, is close observation of the kind of unique humans our children are. In thoughtful and revelatory chapters about pregnancy, identity, work, social media, and the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, Grose explains how we got to this moment, why the current state of expectations on mothers is wholly unsustainable, and how we can move towards something better. View on Amazon

Why We Meditate: The Science and Practice of Clarity and Compassion By Daniel Goleman & Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Why We Meditate: The Science and Practice of Clarity and Compassion

By Daniel Goleman & Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

With accessible and eye-opening advice based on groundbreaking neuroscience, this guidebook helps you not only break free from negative patterns of thought and behavior but radically embrace your very being. Revolutionize your health, relationships, and soul with this book that is perfect for both serious meditators and those new to the practice. View on Amazon

Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance By Karen Levy

Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance

By Karen Levy
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

Data Driven contributes to an emerging conversation about how technology affects our work, institutions, and personal lives, and helps to guide our thinking about how to protect public interests and safeguard human dignity in the digital age. View on Amazon 

So When Are You Having Kids: The Definitive Guide for Those Who Aren’t Sure If, When, or How They Want to Become Parents By Jordan Davidson

So When Are You Having Kids: The Definitive Guide for Those Who Aren’t Sure If, When, or How They Want to Become Parents

By Jordan Davidson
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

How much does it cost to have kids? How long can I wait? What if I’m infertile? And, wait a minute . . . do I actually want to have a kid?” If you’re asking yourself these kinds of questions, Jordan Davidson has written the first comprehensive guide of our times for would-be or might-be parents. View on Amazon

Changing How We Choose: The New Science of Morality By David Redish

Changing How We Choose: The New Science of Morality

By David Redish
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

Redish argues that moral questions have a scientific basis and that morality is best viewed as a technology—a set of social and institutional forces that create communities and drive cooperation. This means that some moral structures really are better than others and that the moral technologies we use have real consequences on whether we make our societies better or worse places for the people living within them. View on Amazon

All-in On AI: How Smart Companies Win Big with Artificial Intelligence By Tom Davenport & Nitin Mittal

All-in On AI: How Smart Companies Win Big with Artificial Intelligence

By Tom Davenport & Nitin Mittal
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

A look at artificial intelligence at its most extreme—from established companies like Anthem, Ping An, Airbus, and Capital One. With lessons from startups and tech firms, this book provides leaders and their teams with the insights to help their own companies become AI-fueled. View on Amazon

Hatching: Experiments in Motherhood and Technology By Jenni Quilter

Hatching: Experiments in Motherhood and Technology

By Jenni Quilter
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

With nuance, empathy, and a fierce intellect, Quilter asks urgent questions about what it means to desire a child and how much freedom reproductive technologies actually offer. Her writing embraces the complexities of motherhood and the humanity of IVF. View on Amazon

High-Velocity Digital Marketing: Silicon Valley Secrets to Create Breakthrough Revenue in Record Time By Steven Mark Kahan

High-Velocity Digital Marketing: Silicon Valley Secrets to Create Breakthrough Revenue in Record Time

By Steven Mark Kahan
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

Marketing online is no longer one of the ways to market—it is the way to do marketing. High-Velocity Digital Marketing is your essential, easy-to-implement guide to getting found online, providing the most critical information, and getting your buyers to purchase—fast. View on Amazon

Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race By Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race

By Mary-Jane Rubenstein
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

A revealing look at the parallel mythologies behind the colonization of Earth and space—and a bold vision for a more equitable, responsible future both on and beyond our planet. View on Amazon

Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation By Nick Seaver

Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation

By Nick Seaver
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

Rehumanizes the algorithmic systems that shape our world, drawing attention to the people who build and maintain them. Seaver brings the thinking of programmers into conversation with the discipline of anthropology, opening up the cultural world of computation in a wide-ranging exploration that travels from cosmology to calculation, myth to machine learning, and captivation to care. View on Amazon

Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains By Bethany Brookshire

Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains

By Bethany Brookshire
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

An engrossing and revealing study of why we deem certain animals “pests” and others not—from cats to rats, elephants to pigeons—and what this tells us about our own perceptions, beliefs, and actions, as well as our place in the natural world. View on Amazon

28 Days to Save the World: Crafting Your Culture to Be Ready for Anything By Dan Purvis

28 Days to Save the World: Crafting Your Culture to Be Ready for Anything

By Dan Purvis
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

In 2020, engineering firm Velentium faced an unprecedented ask: partner with a small medical device company and a very large vehicle manufacturer to increase emergency ventilator production from hundreds per month to thousands per week—in just 28 days. When a defining moment arrives for your organization, will your team be ready? View on Amazon

The Lion And The Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy By Alexander Rose

The Lion And The Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy

By Alexander Rose
Publication Date: December 6, 2022

The thrilling story of the Confederate spy who came to Britain to turn the tide of the Civil War—and the Union agent resolved to stop him. View on Amazon

Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America's Exercise Obsession By Natalie Mehlman Petrzela

Fit Nation: The Gains and Pains of America’s Exercise Obsession

By Natalia Mehlman Petrzela
Publication Date: December 7, 2022

How is it that Americans are more obsessed with exercise than ever, and yet also unhealthier? Fit Nation explains how we got here and imagines how we might create a more inclusive, stronger future. View on Amazon

A World Trading System for the Twenty-First Century By Robert Staiger

A World Trading System for the Twenty-First Century

By Robert Staiger
Publication Date: December 20, 2022

Global trade is in trouble. Climate change, digital trade, offshoring, the rise of emerging markets led by China: Can the World Trade Organization (WTO), built for trade in the twentieth century, meet the challenges of the twenty-first? Staiger tells us that yes, adapting the WTO to the changed economic environment would serve the world better than a radical reset. View on Amazon

The Creativity Factor: Using the power of the outdoors to spark successful innovation By Garry Pratt

The Creativity Factor: Using the power of the outdoors to spark successful innovation

By Garry Pratt
Publication Date: December 24, 2022

Uncovers the importance of creativity in business success and clarifies how you can use time spent outdoors to fully harness your creative potential. View on Amazon

Financial Feminist By Tori Dunlap

Financial Feminist

By Tori Dunlap
Publication Date: December 27, 2022

From the globally recognized personal finance educator and the TikTok star behind Her First $100K, an inclusive guide to all things money—from managing debt to investing and voting with your dollars—for the financial feminist in you. View on Amazon

How to Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times By Chris Bailey

How to Calm Your Mind: Finding Presence and Productivity in Anxious Times

By Chris Bailey
Publication Date: December 27, 2022

A toolkit of accessible, science-backed strategies that reveal how the path to a less anxious life, and even greater productivity, runs directly through calm. View on Amazon

Beyond Longevity: A Plan for Healing Faster, Feeling Better, and Thriving at Any Age By Jason Prall

Beyond Longevity: A Plan for Healing Faster, Feeling Better, and Thriving at Any Age

By Jason Prall
Publication Date: December 27, 2022

New science updates the “blue zones” secrets to healthy longevity with a flexible, holistic approach that incorporates epigenetics, nutrition, and mental health. View on Amazon

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