• Written by Alvaro de Salvo
    24 May 2023

Books still remain as one of the most powerful knowledge resource on earth.

Communication wise, books are an interesting way to bond people and put concepts onto the same page. It’s easier to work with people when they read the same things and share common ideas and working frameworks.

Somehow in the move to digital we have lost our connection with books and sometimes also with active interesting reading (Even though we have our noses in the computer a vast part of our day).

Despite the digital trends, books won’t be going away – and it’s our responsibility to bring books back to our life, and develop a shared sense of understanding while also drive debate and learning across our team, which is packed with people from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.

Books are now also easy to find and cheap to buy and reading is a great way to focus the mind and eliminate distraction and stress. By creating a common shared library, we encourage everyone to take the time to enjoy some of the books you are reading and share your experiences and reflections while going over their pages, but also be able to discover some of the reading interest among your colleagues.

After receiving the top three books by each team member, we share with you and initial Top

five of

1) 2) 3) 4) 5)

books voted by two or more people along the team.

“A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson “Lean start up” by Eric Ries
“Thinking fast and slow” by Daniel Kahneman
“The circle” by Dave Eggers

“Why nation fails” by Daron Acemolu, and James Robinson

For the moment, we have created an online-shared common library of books based in Good Reads, which might serve for inspiration as maybe a read from another Akvonaut might interest you too. You can have a look at it on the link below:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/36039903-akvo- reads?page=1&shelf=%23ALL%23&view=covers

The next challenge we are thinking of is how to create a more captivating common shared structure of the physical books we are reading at the moment and inspire others with potential readings. A good way can be by tweeting your #Akvoreads with small quotes of things you like about them as you read them so as to let other know about this. The concept will evolve naturally.

Alvaro de Salvo was Comms executive, Marketing Manager, Head of Marketing and Communications, and a member of the Management team at Akvo. You can connect with him via LinkedIn or Twitter.