Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

Eliot Peper, Harvard Business Review, Jul 14, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think everybody should read more science fiction, not just business leaders. I can certainly attest to its value, having read hundreds, indeed probably thousands, of science fiction books. "Science fiction isn’t useful because it’s predictive. It’s useful because it reframes our perspective on the world. Like international travel or meditation, it creates space for us to question our assumptions.... Exploring fictional futures frees our thinking from false constraints. It challenges us to wonder whether we’re even asking the right questions." But. You don't get this effect just by reading a few science fiction novels; you have to read a lot. And more, we're in a science fiction slowdown, with few quality titles being released. 

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