Tomorrow, Echos is hosting a highly anticipated event on the theme of Creative Confidence. The event will happen at Echos HQ in Sydney and is completely free of charge. To sign up, click here.

To get you excited about what’s to come tomorrow, we gathered a list of books that will inspire your brain and awaken the creative mastermind in you.

1- Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation, by Steven Johnson

“The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery–these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? What kind of environment breeds them? What sparks the flash of brilliance? How do we generate the breakthrough technologies that push forward our lives, our society, our culture? Steven Johnson’s answers are revelatory as he identifies the seven key patterns behind genuine innovation, and traces them across time and disciplines. From Darwin and Freud to the halls of Google and Apple, Johnson investigates the innovation hubs throughout modern time and pulls out the approaches and commonalities that seem to appear at moments of originality.” (source: Goodreads) 

 

2- Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All, by David Kelley & Tom Kelley

“A powerful and inspiring book from the founders of IDEO, the award-winning design firm, on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the ‘creative types’. But two of the foremost experts in innovation, design and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative.

In an entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, and with many of the world’s top companies and design firms, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, allow us to think outside the box in terms of how we approach and solve problems.

‘Creative Confidence’ is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.” (source: Booktopia)

You can learn more about the book on its official website.

3- Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life, by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

“Whether we’re 20, 40, 60 or older, many of us are still looking for an answer to that perennial question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ In Designing Your Life, Silicon Valley design innovators Bill Burnett and Dave Evans use their expertise to help you work out what you want – and how to get it.

Their phenomenally successful Life Design course has been tried and tested by thousands of people, from students to mid-career professionals to retirees contemplating a whole new future. Now in book form for the first time, their simple method will teach you how to use basic design tools to create a life that will work for you.

Using real-life stories and proven techniques like reframing, prototyping and mind-mapping, you will learn how to build your way forwards, step-by-positive-step, to a life that’s better by a design of your own making.

Because a well-designed life means a life well-lived.”  (source: Goodreads) 

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