Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde
Why I bought it
|"from the ink of the text ... " by ๓ậтëø|
After watching Emily Levine's TED talk I knew I had to read this book; my only regret is having waited so long to actually do so.
How it connects to the public sector
While the book itself is technically an exercise in comparative anthropology, Hyde's ability to explain the disruptive side of the human imagination in great detail makes the book incredibly relevant for anyone looking to re-imagine the status quo.
After having read Trickster, I wrote a pair of posts that explicitly connected disruptive innovation with Hyde's anthropological arguments; in fact, Innovation is tricky, literally ... and Finding Innovation are two of my most heavily trafficked posts from last year (despite a noticeable lack of comments).
What you will get out of reading it
I honestly can't explain just how important this book has been to me personally and professionally. I read it at a time when I was in a bit of trouble at work (long story) and being able to contextualize my experience within the narrative of the book gave me some much needed perspective.
If you are interested disruptive innovation, this book will not only shape your understanding of the discipline, but will also outline what you can expect if you are successful, and just as importantly, what you can expect if you aren't.