I’m always on the prowl for new things to read. Call me a kid that got too Hooked on Phonics, but I’m voracious for articles, links, and books, especially those recommended by smart people. As such, I decided to ask the smartest people I know- the staff of trepwise- for their current recommendations.

  • For those interested in the cutting edges of business models, Isaac MacDonald, a senior associate recommends this long-read on the future of the New York Times in Wired. In an era where newspapers’ staff have shrunk by the population of Orlando in the last twenty years, the New York Times’ is developing an innovative model based on the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and other tech start-ups. Doesn’t hurt that Isaac has NOLA Media Groups as one of his clients.
  • For those more fiction-minded, Maggie, an advisor, is reading Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende- a novel that follows African slaves and French colonialists through the turn of the 19th century in Saint Dominque (modern day Haiti) and New Orleans. “It’s incredibly captivating historical fiction,” she promises.
  • Alex, another associate, is reading, the eerily prescient Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. Written by legendary economist Daron Acemoglu and political theorist James A. Robinson, it explores the importance of inclusive economic and political institutions to foster innovation. As we enter the next mayoral race, this should be required reading.
  • Finally, Kevin, our fearless leader, is reading Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas. In it, Steven Poole argues that for all the dialogue around innovation and new ideas, many of the best ideas are retooling of old ideas. As Poole writes, “This is the story of Lamarck and the modern-day epigeneticist whose research vindicated his mocked 200-year-old theory of evolution; of the return of cavalry use in the war in Afghanistan; of Tesla’s bringing back the electric car; and of the cognitive scientists who made breakthroughs by turning to ancient Greek philosophy.”
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We’ll continue to update our summer reading list throughout the summer. Stay tuned.