4 Magnificent Summer Musings.
What are you listening to and reading this summer?
Below you’ll find some current and forthcoming reading. I’ve also included a few albums I’m enjoying.
Have a great summer!
Table of Contents
Summer Musings & Readings
River of Time by Jon Swain (Kindle)
To know better my South Asian roots: Cambodian and Vietnamese. Through the lens of an English journalist who lived and worked in those countries. Read more.
Ask for the Moon by Meredith Lewis (paperback)
To dive into innovation, kung-fu movies and the writing of Meredith Lewis, an Australian node in my network I met in 2021 remotely.
The Right Question by Meredith Lewis (ebook)
“A collection of provocations designed to help you to reflect deeply on your creative identity and practice.” – Meredith Lewis
Range by David Epstein (Kindle)
Intentional by David Amerland (paperback)
I’ve read the book and wrote down some notes after the prompts/questions the author nudges the reader to answer to work on ourselves. Then, I review them and will reread the book.
Hell Yeah or No by Derek Sivers (ebook)
Imaginable by Jane McGonigal (Audible)
The Carbon Almanac (ebook)
The Perpetual Beta Series by Harold Jarche (ebooks)
“actionable insights on learning and working in a digitally networked society
The perpetual beta series began in 2014 as four standalone digital volumes, following my first ten years of blogging. The changing nature of work and our evolving perspectives on learning and knowledge were the core themes. These were combined into a single volume in 2018 and have been edited and updated about every 18 months since.
This latest volume — Perpetual Beta 2022 — builds on Perpetual Beta 2020 and includes new work since August 2020.
As we enter the third year of a global pandemic we are seeing the forces of disease, climate change, and political polarization combine and batter our markets and institutions. It will only be as a global networked society that we will be able to address these forces.
Welcome to life in perpetual beta, where work is learning, and learning is the work.” — Harold Jarche
The State of Community Management 2022 by The Community Roundtable (ebook)
The Community Roundtable sent the invite to download the report in my inbox. I intend to read it carefully and check out the webinar TheCR will host this June to discuss their findings and research.
The NEW Community Manager Handbook by The Community Roundtable (ebook)
Dare to Un-lead by Céline Schillinger (Kindle)
“In this book Céline goes deep and develops well-researched explorations of the social turmoil of our times, linking its sources to the increasing atomisation in our modern societies and to yesterday’s and today’s workplace engagement challenges – why we work and how we work, and how it is all led and managed, or not.
She has studied the issues at depth and synthesises them extremely well into an inspiring framework underpinned by the three pillars of French democracy – liberté, fraternité et égalité
She has earned her wisdom and my deep respect.” — Jon Husband
Summer Musical Musings
Summer Artful Musings: Exhibits
Exhibit ‘City, Architecture & Care’ by Cynthia Fleury at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris
I heard for the first time about Cynthia Fleury through a multidisciplinary and creative learning program I participated in in 2018. When I arrived at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal – second floor – I saw her name on the wall and recalled who she was as I read the introductory description of the exhibit.
The setting and the scene she put in place in a rectangular way and many corners and per theme make the whole experience a lovely artful, and pedagogical one. Moreover, it is informative, full of explanations, maps, photography, archives, graphs and quotes from specialists.
In the context of the pandemic, it is an important work to help us rethink spaces, living, working, playing and third spaces, life and death, hospitals, gardens and even boats in their purpose and usages. Her craft and art with fellow artists and experts are for the societal memory of the local and big shifts citizens encountered and coped with. Here are some shots I took as I wandered into the exhibit.
Exhibit In the Banlieues: Oakland/Saint-Denis at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris
The second most significant exhibit is about two cities: Oakland, USA, and Saint-Denis, France. I enjoyed the artful transmedia experience with the similarities and diversity between the two unique cities. From street art, music influences, artful spots, festivals, history of inhabitants, lifestyles and societal movements, to name a few, that caught my eyes. Check out below some photos.
Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris
I went again on a Sunny day to one of my favourite places in Paris, the Foundation Louis Vuitton, which is at the intersection of elegance, architecture and contemporary art. My first time in this building was six years ago. Yet, I felt that this spot still has something unique and magnificent each time I enter the building, wandering over exhibits, around and outside the foundation, especially in the Jardin de l’Acclimatation.
Exhibit Fugues in Color at Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris
“Fugues in Color” will present works through which paint is free to escape the limited scope of the canvas. Colours and shapes discover new freedoms as they consume the surrounding spaces, such as the walls, floor, and ceiling. The diverse variations of colour extend into the architecture in close interaction with the Frank Gehry-designed building, and include works by five internationally-renowned artists of various origins and generations.
The Fondation will present simultaneously the “Simon Hantaï – The Centenary Exhibition” from 18 May 2022.
The first exhibit I visited was about forms, flows, fluidity, fastness and breaking free. I enjoyed it very much.
Exhibit Simon Hantaï. The Centenary Exhibition at Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris
“To celebrate the centenary of Simon Hantaï’s birth (1922-2008), the Fondation is organising an unprecedented retrospective exhibition, in collaboration with the Hantaï family, curated by Anne Baldassari. It includes more than 130 of Simon Hantaï’s works, many of which have never before been shown, and the majority of which are large format works from 1957 to 2000.
Simultaneously, the Fondation will present “Fugues in Color” exhibition, in which paint is free to escape the limited scope of the canvas.”
I enjoyed the second exhibit crowded, hypnotic, intriguing, all about patterns and colourful again.
Summer & Atemporal Musings
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