MCN2017 Change Surviving and Thriving Reading List

MCN2017 Change Surviving and Thriving Reading List

Here are some additional readings beyond the footnotes in Change at Work: Not Just Surviving But Thriving, presented by Seema Rao and Robert J Weisberg at the Museum Computer Network's 2017 annual conference in Pittsburgh:

Seema Rao

  • Blake, Jenny. Pivot: the only move that matters is your next one. Portfolio/Penguin, 2017.
  • Burnett, William, and David J. Evans. Designing your life: how to build a well-Lived, joyful life. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
  • Duhigg, Charles. Smarter faster better. Random House Books, 2017.
  • Heath, Chip and Dan Heath. Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard. Random House, 2010.
  • Markman, Arthur B. Smart change: five tools to create new and sustainable habits in yourself and others. Perigee, 2015.
  • Rubin, Gretchen. The happiness project: or, why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun. Harpercollins, 2015.
Websites: Offers models of change from a variety of work places Offers useful leadership tips for digital work Offers a variety of personality-driven bits of change advice

Robert J Weisberg

Books and talks:
  • Brown, Brené. The Power of Vulnerability TED talk from TEDx Houston, June 2010. (Trish Oxford explored vulnerability in a great session at last year's Museum Computer Network, introduced with this video)
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper Perennial Classics, 2008.
  • Dweck, Carol. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Ballantine Books, 2007.
  • Goleman, Daniel, and Richard Davidson. Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body. Avery, 2017. (This book follows up on work Davidson did with the Dalai Lama.)
  • Kahnemann, Daniel. Thinking Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
  • Mauer, Robert. One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way. Workman Publishing Company, 2014. (This book reads a little dated in places but is still an excellent read.)
  • Rinzler, Lodro. The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation. Shambhala, 2014.

Websites and org culture companies:

  • Harvard Business Review—stop, do not pass go, and subscribe to HBR. The magazine is great, but what's gold for anyone wanting to improve their own work and their workplaces are the online articles. I read at least two or three a day. Don't let the name fool you, the articles are plenty valuable for staff of nonprofits, including museums.
  • August Public
  • NOBL
  • The Ready
  • Incandescent


  • Emergent Agenda, the podcast of responsive aces August, which I've been bingeing on recently! You get to know a lot of the people there through their stories of working in the field, in addition to the nature of their work.
  • IDEO Futures podcast
  • Harvard Business Review's IdeaCast podcast