A lot of great books were mentioned during the inaugural Advancing Research conference (some written by our presenters!) and after seeing so much enthusiasm for swapping recommendations, we started a slack channel dedicated to great reads. Please join our Advancing Research community for access to our Slack (plus invitations to free monthly videoconferences and first dibs on conference tickets.)

We hope to see you at the next Advancing Research conference in New York City, March 31-April 2, 2021.

Many thanks to DJ Heo for doing the lion’s share of the work rounding up the many titles mentioned throughout the virtual conference. :books:

Keynote: Priya Parker
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet & Why It Matters by Priya Parker

Theme 1: Scaling Our Impact
Research Practice by Gregg Bernstein
How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand
The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility by Stewart Brand

Theme 2: Understanding Diversity and Inclusion
Design Justice by Sasha Costanza-Chock
Mismatch by Kat Holmes
Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy by Daniel Geary
The Financial Diaries by Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider

War Stories LIVE!:
Doorbells, Danger, and Dead Batteries by Steve Portigal

Theme 3: Broadening Our Perspective
Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows
The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge
Seeing the Forest for the Trees by Dennis Sherwood
Neural Networks for Babies by Chris Ferrie and Dr. Sarah Kaiser
Designing Agentive Technology by Christopher Noessel
Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning by Christopher M. Bishop

Theme 4: Managing Up
Blind Spot by Steve Diller, Nathan Shedroff & Sean Sauber
Sensemaking by Christian Madsbjerg
The Moment of Clarity by Christian Madsbjerg
Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies by McKinsey & Company Inc.
The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking by Barbara Minto

Closing Plenary: Leah Buley
The User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley