In our recurring bookshelf segment, Denver Museum of Nature & Science President & CEO George Sparks recommends something new to read, watch, or listen to in the world of science, policy, and human decision-making. 

October 2021
Kiss the Ground

The documentary Kiss the Ground, directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell, explores regenerative agriculture as a potential solution to restore our soil and help farmers weather the effects of climate change.

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September 2021
Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business & Life, by Gillian Tett

In a world of big data and analytics and AI, there’s another overlooked component to leadership and progress, which is simply the empathetic and observant study of human culture. We might tend to think of anthropology as a field that looks only at ancient civilizations, or perhaps, as has often been the case, so-called “exotic” cultures. But that stereotype is outdated and completely wrong. Cultural norms and values are extremely applicable to our modern world of economics, government, and so on. There’s a lot to be gained by being able to appraise a landscape through the lens of anthropology and see these worlds with fresh perspective.

Anthro-Vision: A New Way to See in Business & Life, by Gillian Tett, is available now.

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June 2021
"The Beef with Beef," from How to Save a Planet, produced by Gimlet Media

Cows and their accompanying land use have a large carbon footprint, so we’ve often heard it argued that going vegetarian is one of the most concrete steps an individual can take toward addressing climate change. In this month's segment, we chat about a recent episode of the podcast How to Save a Planet on what the future might hold for reducing meat consumption.

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May 2021
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know,
by Adam Grant

In an age of polarization, how can we find real and meaningful ways to connect with each other? Can we find the joy in being wrong and learn to question our own knowledge? Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist at Wharton and an expert in how we can find motivation and meaning, and lead more generous and creative lives. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of four books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 35 languages.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know, by Adam Grant, is available now.

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