by Yuval Noah Harari
Harari’s book is not on the top of our collection because it has been in the bestseller lists for ages. But because it has the words “lesson” and “21st century” in its title. It seems like it was made for the kickoff of SHIFTSHAPE CLUB and somehow it is. Harari’s acumen has had a decisive influence on my thinking about digitization and, by extension, on the direction of SHIFTSCHOOL. This masterpiece reads like a content roadmap for everything to come.
While he explored how we humans became who we are today in Sapiens, and what the world might be like in the future in Homo Deus, he attends to the most pressing questions of the present in 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Harari’s merit, in my opinion, lies in his unique ability to understand where we have come from and where we (might) be going.
His most recent book should be seen as a kind of visionary appeal to finally address decisively the most urgent problems of the present. Or to put it in Harari’s words, “If you don’t like it, change it!”