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This is the last regular dispatch of 2020. I'd urge you to think whether you enjoy receiving this newsletter, and if not, please do unsubscribe, especially if it doesn't provide you value - and especially if we know each other, and you think it may be awkward. It won't be. The point of this email every Sunday is to highlight amazing things and for you to be discretionary in your choice of what to read - because time is precious - and short.
Many of you joined me this year through the extensive coverage of COVID-19. I'm glad we're nearly through it. We lost friends along the way, but you can hopefully see the light. And you can also see the shape of what the world will be as we move towards 2021.
Before the end of the year, I'll share my top 50 Emerging Trends of 2021. It'll be my third year compiling these. Ultimately, we can never be right with these predictions, but I hope you'll find something to ponder as we move to 2021. Expect to receive this before the end of the year. If you could, I'd appreciate it if you would like, share and forward across your networks.
There was so much to choose from this week as many publications begging their summaries of the year. I put together a top ten list of the best business books of the year, in case you're looking for some great books to read. It's basically a list of lists - so you're bound to pick something of high quality.
In case you're interested in a review of edtech, you can also find my Q&A (3) on what I understood happened this year from an educational perspective. I have become a super fan of Ed Yong over the last few years, and especially this year with his most excellent coverage of what happened with COVID-19. True to form, his piece (Tech 6) - on How Science Beat the Virus - is excellent. If you want to read one thing about the pandemic this week, that's it.
You're spoilt for choice this week and I would overspend time reviewing the links. If selection is key, the annual guide to 99 Good news stories (4) is bound to make you happy and the NYT review of 2020 in pictures is a rich memory of the year. (8). The Vox 20 charts of 2020 is a nice view from a data perspective (6). Tech 1 covering whether a machine will be doing your job by 2025 is a reminder that Corona or no Corona, the world is still being changed by technology, so check whether you are going to have a job in 5 years time - or start pivoting asap.
And with that, I wish you well. We may not have accomplished what we wanted to in 2020, but if you are reading this you survived. We're not quite through the war, but we're close to winning - so don't let your guard down just yet.
Look out for my last email of the year - and bring on 2021!
Stay sane, stay safe, stay curious!
Onward! - Rahim
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My recommendations for this week
1. The Best Business Books of 2020 Link
2. A pandemic atlas: How COVID-19 took over the world in 2020 Link
3. What did 2020 mean for Edtech? Link 4. 99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn't Hear About in 2020 Link
5. Hang on for 3 more months Link
6. 2020 in 20 charts Link
7. Amazon wants to scan your body to make perfectly fitting shirts Link 8. A Year like No Other: 2020 in pictures Link
9. She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One Link
10. The most popular TED talks of 2020 Link
My Tech Recommendations for this Week
1. A Data-Driven Guide to Whether a Machine Will Be Doing Your Job By 2025 Link
2. Top 10 Consumer Tech Posts of 2020 Link
3. Nature’s 10: ten people who helped shape science in 2020 Link
4. A Black A.I. Ethicist on Her Experiences at Google—and Her Controversial Departure Link
5. Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine Link 6. How Science Beat the Virus Link
7. What comes after smartphones? Link
8. As China Tracked Muslims, Alibaba Showed Customers How They Could, Too Link
9. Your Credit Score Should Be Based on Your Web History, IMF Says Link
10. EdTech in a post-Covid world Link
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