Author: Babak

Empathic innovation

Are you an innovator? Did you ever make a solution that no one wanted to use? Did you ever reflect on the reason why it happened? If you did, I bet one of the reasons was you lost contact with your users.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

This is a book about writing non-fiction. At the same time– surprising for me at least– it is a book about writing interesting, beautiful and artistic non-fiction. I am a researcher myself and I write a lot of professional text. But as a researcher I was never educated in writing well. This is the book I was missing. It pointed me to a lot of mistakes that I have done in my writing for many years –not grammatical but aesthetic and literary mistakes.

Don’t “Just do it” but “Just ship it”

Although Nike uses the slogan “Just do it”, I am becoming increasingly convinced that just doing it is not enough at all. In my own life I am increasingly trying to practice “Just ship it” as the main principle underlying everything I do. It is not easy, but I am on my way.

Writing tools

Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark My rating: 5 of 5 stars Very nice book for those like me who are very bad at writing. Tools that cover all the phases of writing, from…

Conversational intelligence

Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results by Judith E. Glaser My rating: 4 of 5 stars An interesting book that gives you a completely new perspective on conversations. The book explains in depth the relationship…

Arm

Arm, a photo by BabakF on Flickr. Testing single photo sharing from flickr, by uploading the photo of a doll arm I saw somewhere.

photographers I like: Sebastião Salgado

A new favorite photographer: Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction…