Once upon a time, as all good stories start, we learned everything from reading books.
Today, storytelling takes place across a multiplicity of formats, which is fantastic from an inclusivity point of view. Particularly when it comes to something as exciting and blockchain and cryptocurrency, which is also complex and challenging technically, then the more ways we have to understand and engage with the material the better - everybody's preferred style of learning and assimilating is unique, and being able to engage a range of senses and different brain pathways really helps.
Not least as so often a picture - better still, a moving one - can convey a thousand words. And many people don't want to read thousands of words... that's why we at BlockSparks created the Crypto Confidence Podcast, to try and drive broader public adoption, and share our own excitement about the potential impact of blockchain and crypto on so many different areas of life.
Staying abreast of industry news does require scanning a wide range of continuously-emerging information in this fast-moving space, and it's essential to engage daily with all kinds of communication, from tweets to articles to comments to white-papers to thought-leadership posts. It's a full time job, which is why our clients hire us, but it's a very exciting and rewarding one, especially in 2019: Now that a lot of the poorer-quality projects have fallen by the wayside, we can take a clearer look at some of the most impactful and revolutionary ones, which are poised to change our world.
Do books still have a place, given the speeds involved? I would argue strongly that yes they do, because, whilst information in books can of course go out of date, they represent the distillation and depth of an author's thinking, in the way that few other formats are capable of doing. Being on the brink of publishing my third book, I can assure you that an author's heart and soul goes into creating such a thing, over months if not years - which not only steers the mind from ephemera, but also triggers the really deep research and thinking from which real insight emerges.
So, let's hear it for books!
At the Crypto Confidence show we want to put together a special episode for World Book Day in April, and we'd love to hear from YOU about which crypto and blockchain books have inspired you, influenced you, or simply brought you joy. What do you like about them specifically, why is that the book you always seem to be recommending and passing on?
If you'd like to be part of the show, please record an audio snippet (maximum 3 minutes please!) opening with your name and the name and author of the book you're putting forward. Then tell us what is is about that book - maybe it got you started down the 'crypto rabbit hole', maybe it's the book you wish you'd come across back then, or it could be something which has made you look again at a subject you thought you knew well.
Email it to email@example.com, along with your social handles so we can tag you (and the author), and clear written statement that it's OK to use the clip in our upcoming epsiode.
And it doesn't have to be "strictly blockchain and crypto" - you might want to share a book about investment mindset, economic theory or behavioural economics, if it's given you insight into this space. Just tell me why!
I look forward to extending my "to read" queue yet further!