One of the most active Slack channels at Saent is our #reading room, where we share articles, books, and other media we come across each day. Though everyone at Saent has their own work style and habits, we all share one strong common thread: we’re voracious consumers of knowledge and we value the power of reading.
We love to spend time in between Saent focus sessions reading and expanding our views of the world around us. Reading gives us new perspectives and insights, sparks conversations, and helps lead us to conclusions that shape the work we do at Saent. Here are some of our favorite (online) reads of the past year.
What articles or books stuck with you in 2016? Let us know in the comments below.
I Used to Be a Human Being
by Andrew Sullivan
“When I first put ‘improve our relationship with technology’ in an early Saent pitch deck, more than a few people thought that was ridiculous. This article beautifully explores why that idea might not be so wacky after all.”
–Tim Metz, cofounder
How Addiction To Technology Is Taking Over Our Lives In Illustrations
words by Julija Televičiūtė, illustrations by Jean Jullien
“While not an article, I think this collection of images capture a lot of what we are doing at Saent. I love the visual story telling in these images. They are funny, yet unnerving. It’s easy to see a lot of oneself in of these.”
–Russell Haines, cofounder
Our parents discovered leisure. We killed it.
by Stephanie Buck
“This beautifully written article explores how over the past 75 years we’ve reconfigured our personal identities to put work at the core. The result has been the death of hobbies. Why do something if you can’t turn it into a side hustle?”
–Josh Catone, press, content & partnerships
by Manoush Zomorodi and NPR’s Note to Self
“Note to Self is an NPR podcast that offers thoughtful, often ambivalent (and therefore relatable) commentary on technology — in their words it’s a ‘tech show about being human.’ This series, Infomagical Bootcamp, helps you digitally declutter your devices and your brain. It’s comprised of one longer introductory episode (25 min.) and five short challenge episodes, each explained by an expert.”
–Maggie Hughes, community & customer support
The Binge Breaker
by Bianca Bosker
“This article chronicles the ‘Time Well Spent’ movement started by tech vet Tristan Harris that advocates for moral and ethical integrity in technological design. Imagine a future where technology is built on our values, not our screen time.”
–Kyle Fitzpatrick, marketing & business partnerships
The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers
by Adam Grant
“This very well received TED talk reminds us that ‘to be original you don’t have to be first. You just have to be different and better.’ Adam Grant talks about what original thinkers need to do to make their ideas a reality and ensure they’re successful.”
–Dusten Williams, product quality