The late Monica Fairall of SAfm once told me that she knew something was great if it inspired her to physical action. As someone who often feels like jumping out of a chair when exposed to something exciting, it made perfect sense to me and I’ve never forgotten our conversation. There are certain words, ideas, people and books that are so exciting and inspiring they make me want to jump up on the table. It’s my own quirky test of whether I think a new course is going to fly or whether I think a new facilitator has got what it takes. But I most often get this feeling when I read.
There are certain books that make me want to jump out of the chair because they challenge my thinking or get me to look at something in a brand new way. It’s certainly not an exhaustive list but these books all achieved that for me and all fall into the category of ‘books that make me jump’.
Please add yours and let’s keep jumping:
Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky
Politics of Hope by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus
Fire with Fire by Naomi Wolf
The Empty Raincoat by Charles Handy
We-think by Charles Leadbeater
Solving Tough Problems by Adam Kahane
Body and Soul by Anita Roddick
Reality is Broken by Jane McGonigal