How to Do Nothing

Resisting the Attention Economy


Author: Jenny Odell

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612197507

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 256

View: 2291

A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention—and our personal information—that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind’s role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself


Author: Robert Smith

Publisher: Tin House Books

ISBN: 0982053959

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 130

View: 5236

Handbook on how to avoid boredom by doing fascinating things that todays children's parents did when they were kids.

Refuse to Do Nothing

Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery


Author: Shayne Moore,Kimberly McOwen Yim

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830864515

Category: Religion

Page: 190

View: 7408

2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ("Also Recommended," Justice) Slavery didn't end in 1833, when William Wilberforce's decades-long campaign finally resulted in the Slavery Abolition Act. It didn't end in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It didn't end in 1949, when the United Nations declared trafficking "incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person." The sad truth is, slavery never ended. It just went underground, where it continues to exploit powerless men, women and children in horrific ways throughout the world. Now for the good news: you have power. In Refuse to Do Nothing, "Abolitionist Mamas" Shayne Moore and Kimberly Yim share their stories of coming to terms with the power available to them in their normal, everyday lives to illuminate the shadows where those who traffic in people hide compel corporations to fight slavery in how their products are made motivate politicians to fight for human dignity mobilize friends and strangers alike to fight slavery at home and throughout the world Slavery doesn't end without a fight. But get to know Shayne and Kimberly and their abolitionist friends, and you'll find the power God grants to all who fight for the powerless, and the joy awaiting those who refuse to do nothing.

Do Nothing!

How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader


Author: Keith Murningham

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0670922005

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 7978

Award-winning business professor Keith Murnighan teaches us how doing less will get you more in Do Nothing! Would you like to go on holiday without having to check daily that your team is doing its job? Can you turn off your phone and your email, knowing that everything is under control? For most managers this is just a dream. But Do Nothing! reveals that such a 'hands off' approach is both achievable and highly effective. In this compelling and imaginative book, award-winning business professor Keith Murnighan shows how really successful leaders create a culture of independence and trust. Identify the team members who you can rely on - then step aside and let them do their jobs. With a raft of provocative suggestions ('ignore performance goals!', 'de-emphasize profits!'), Do Nothing! proves that behaving naturally can work against you. Doing less will get you more. 'A compelling analysis...Allows leaders to both work less and be better at their craft' Robert Cialdini, author of Influence 'This rare book provides a refreshing perspective and tangible advice on leadership that isn't available anyplace else' Bob Sutton, author of The No Asshole Rule J. Keith Murnighan is an award-winning professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an active consultant and trainer for a host of companies around the world. His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, and Forbes. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

The Courage to Do Nothing

A Moral Defense of Markets and Freedom


Author: Bill Flax

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 1616635274

Category: Political Science

Page: 396

View: 7403

Are you fed up with Washington politicizing our economy and bureaucrats more focused on aggrandizing their power than aiding commerce? For many of us, the rhetoric emanating from our government doesn't reflect reality. In The Courage to do Nothing, Bill Flax gives a voice to the angry taxpayer articulating our concerns and offering cogent advice to our political leaders. Socialism is inherently flawed, but instead of allowing the free market to function, our politicians employ socialism concealed as compassion. Our cultural elites in Washington, Academia, Media, and Hollywood have built a modern Tower of Babel based on progressive fantasies. Their idealistic pursuit of Utopia is funded by your tax dollars. Socialism is but one pillar in this faulty tower, but it is the pillar du jour and America's future if we don't restore the traditional Christian values and limited government our nation was built upon. At eighteen, Bill Flax enlisted in the Marine Corps to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. It's now clear the gravest threat to our liberty comes from Washington itself. In The Courage to do Nothing, Bill interweaves faith, economics and patriotism through fascinating perspectives on the economy and relevant historical examples offering solutions for today's issues. Read The Courage to do Nothing to learn economic truths ignored by the cultural elites determined to change America into a European-style socialist boondoggle. Bill Flax provides the economic answers America needs to restore prosperity and liberty before it's too late. This book is essential reading for anyone desiring to understand how Washington's policies created and now prolong our economic turmoil. Learn the truth and the keys to restoring America.

When there is nothing to do Do nothing


Author: David George


ISBN: 0244686513

Category: Humor

Page: 172

View: 4432

There are pitfalls aplenty in this book. These dangers include your taking a literal interpretation of the title. Finally, you say, someone has given me permission to take the rest of my life off. You don't need my permission to do this. How about living as a forest monk? There are many benefits: The tax breaks are fantastic, you pay no taxes; there are the sounds of silence; sometimes you go many weeks without anyone annoying you; and, most of the time you sit with your eyes closed, and no-one complains. The downsides include: Chores, but as these are light when you become venerable; you need to beg for food at the nearest town; only eating once a day; oh, I saved the best bit for last, no sex. I am not in a hurry to be a monk. Besides, it would be a blot on my resume. Not that, that is a concern since I retired. As my career did not set the world on fire, I took the easy way out and retired early. If you think that this option pandered to my lack of ambition, then you guessed right.

The Lazy Way to Success

How to Do Nothing and Accomplish Everything


Author: Fred Gratzon

Publisher: N.A


Category: Success in business

Page: 215

View: 7784

The antithesis of every success book ever written. Its fresh angle debunks the commonly accepted notion that hard work has anything to do with success.

Do Nothing to Get Everything


Author: Amir Karkouti

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939745002


Page: 150

View: 8777

Are You Longing for Clarity, Insight, Understanding, Inner Peace and 'aha' moments? THIS BOOK WILL TELL YOU TO DO NOTHING DOING NOTHING WILL GET YOU EVERYTHING __________________________________ (I think we all secretly know this to be true...) That's All the Advice You Need Matter of Fact That s all the Rest of This Book Will Tell You

How to Change Your Entire Life by Doing Absolutely Nothing

10 Do-nothing Relaxation Exercises to Calm You Down Quickly So You Can Speed Forward Faster


Author: Karen Salmansohn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743244729

Category: Self-Help

Page: 112

View: 2304

Offers a series of relaxation exercies that emphasize the principle of doing nothing in a mindful way, explaining how the practice of such exercises can promote power, clarity, energy, and speed.

Donothing: The Most Rewarding Leadership Challenge You'll Ever Take


Author: Rob Dube

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

ISBN: 9781544510026

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 188

View: 2281

As business leaders, we are so often called to do things: make decisions, fix problems, manage money. But, the irony is, the more we do, the less control we have. Effective leadership requires composition, control, and focus-skills which are all strengthened by learning to donothing. Years of practicing mindful meditation have helped Rob Dube become an acclaimed entrepreneur, propelling his leadership to new heights. In donothing, he shares his experiences with meditation and silent retreats, the wisdom of other business leaders who have established meditation routines, and scientific studies that prove the positive effects of meditation on the mind, body, and heart. He also teaches you how to meditate-the easy part!-and the best ways to turn a daily practice into a lifelong habit. It's time to become the strongest, most efficient, and most mindful leader you can be-and all by embracing the ability to donothing.