Seems to have been a pretty good response to the post about the idea of starting a planning book club. Lots of good suggestions too - like Mark's suggestion of using library thing where we could start a group - the good people at Staufenberger already have their planning library there. WHat does everyone think of this versus this blog or skype?
I also like the sensible build from Noah to "take it a step further and try to build something out of the ideas/lessons of the book each month". I think Jonathan has a pretty smart way to facilitate this: "How about starting the conversation with one page pitches by every club member who read the book? Could be a written summary, an image, collage, illustration... any sort of "do" read to become a book of perspectives on that certain book." So I think this what we'll do - we'll define it better but we should all have one page of something we can share that is a reflection on the read and its input into thinking about brands and communication. And then we'll chat.
This brings me on to the subject of the choice of book. I have some suggestions and have added some from people who made a suggestion. (Emily, I don't think I can ask everyone to try and read A Suitable Boy in a month:)) I'm not going to add description - have a read of the amazon link and you'll get a good sense of the publisher's blurb and some reader reviews. It's a longish list, deliberately so to build a broad range of subjects and styles. The one with the most votes in by the end of this week (November 5th) will be the one we read first. Feel free to add suggestions in comments if you want to read something else. Here we go:
The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.
Mark Lombardi: Global Networks by Mark Lombardi.
Worldchanging by Alex Steffen.
Convergence Culture by Henry Jenkins.
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi.
The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda.
Linked by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi.
Mix Tape by Thurston Moore.
The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker.
Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads To Another by Philip Ball.
The Best Non-Required American Reading edited by Dave Eggers.
This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin.
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson.
Story by Robert McKee.
A Matter of Taste by Stanley Lieberson.
The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgson.
Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman.
The Naked Brain by Richard Restak.