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  • Perfect Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Bloodstone Books (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956766242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956766243
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Moore's invaluable and unique creative insights present us with an alternative way of working and existing - a better way - in which "participatory leadership" dominates the workplace where wellbeing and creating value for the collective good is the new currency of our economy. He articulates what most people are experiencing: dissatisfaction with their conditioned existence, their tick tock life which they did not choose but rather inherited.

Through his book and project "No Straight Lines" Alan joins up the dots of what he calls our non-linear world and splendidly paves for us a new future which is accessible to everyone through innovation, creativity and craftsmanship. By what we make, who we make it with and why we would be motivated to do it in the first place.

His belief is that creative entrepreneurial expression is vital in bringing new value and better ways of "doing" into our world and that we all play a role in this metamorphosis. His passion is seeking transformational solutions to our present status-quo which he says we must challenge creatively with our hand, heart and mind. Ultimately it is what we 'do' as opposed to what we 'say' that will transform us economically, organizationally and for our collective wider society. Simply put - our better future depends on it. Collaboration, participation and innovation using all that is available to us now are key to this better future and our better life.

Alan sits on the "board of inspiration" at the Dutch Think Tank Freedom Lab. He acts as "Head of Vision" for the Grow Venture Community, and is as a special advisor to a number of innovative companies and organizations including publishing, mobile, the theatre and finance.

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I recommend to read this, and start to think.
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Whether you're considering the book for business or academic reasons, or through personal interest, it's entertaining and provocative and well worth a read.
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An amazing book when you want to make a shortcut to learn new ways to succeed in complexity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Per Håkansson on January 9, 2012
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Alan Moore explains today's political, social and economical upheaval and crisis by an industrial revolution got awry and overextended, resulting in the chaos that most us feel today. "No Straight Lines" explains how we allowed ourselves to get lost as human beings among autocratic agendas, economies-of-scale and hyper-capitalism and how that era is now coming to a painful end. It's a very refreshing big picture explanation to our jaded everyday complacency and the never ending doomsday prophesies from politicians to broadcast media. It made me realize that we live in the best of times with an incredible opportunity to design a new better and braver world if we only can muster the leap from linearity to connected dots.

The only way out of this dead-end is to rethink and redesign the way we live, work and play - from top to bottom. Alan Moore offer us his creative game plan for rediscovering humanity via natural human participation where craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and self-mastery will eventually replace hierarchies, lack of transparency and business as usual. Prepare to get your mind blown away - you will never look at the world in the same way again. I sure don't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Slowe on February 19, 2012
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It's refreshing to read a work which so clearly identifies technology as a cause and cure of the societal disruption that we are currently experiencing without degenerating into discussion of technological fetishism or an impending singularity. My biggest complement and main complaint (which, incidentally, makes this statement not so much nonlinear as downright quantum) is that Moore's downright encyclopedic with his anecdotes, examples, and citations. Every point he makes is thoroughly backed up, and his reference list has only served to increase the back log on my kindle (unforgivable! :)

Having so many examples to present acts as a wonderful counterpoint to what little discussion there is outside of tech circles, which seems to be centered on how new technology is ruining "society": a child committing suicide after being cyberbullied (no one mentions the dozens who did so after being bullied the old fashioned way); twitter and facebook coordinated riots in London leading to discussion of censoring/monitoring both services (though everyone forgets Egypt and Tunisia...). I found the fact that Moore was able to synthesize so many concrete, successful examples of the positive impact of new technologies as well as to identify the underlying threads which bind such nominally disparate innovations quite buoying.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Greenberg on January 4, 2012
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Alan Moore is a thought leader in the use of social networks for business, government and communities. In "No Straight Lines" Alan provides a thorough understanding of how a community of common interests is created and the impacts that are disrupting old methods for production of goods and delivery of services. Until the dawn of the Industrial Revolution civilization was centered on local communities for production of goods and delivery of services. Mass production reorganized society to a new model which Alan characterizes as "Linear". Linear systems have dominated for the past 150 years.

The great Canadian theorist Marshall McLuhan predicted that the world would become a "Global Village". With the rapid growth of mobile networks with 5 billion users and high speed broadband the Global Village has arrived. This interconnected global platform is the underpinning for a revolution to new and generally low cost models of business and services.

In "No Straight Lines" Alan connects us with the wave of social community centric developments causing disruption yet underpinning fascinating new ways to spur growth. For people like myself focused on the future Alan's insights provide a rich window onto the new wave of the "Social Networked Economy" and the many opportunities being created.

William Greenberg, Entrepreneur
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise Jakobsen on February 6, 2012
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Alan has a unique understanding of the next generation business-platforms and organizational DNAs. This book is an excellent gathering of the most promising examples and cases - from which Alan spots the patterns, models and methodologies that can be extracted and unfolded - to be applied in another (own) context. An amazing book when you want to make a shortcut to learn new ways to succeed in complexity. Definitely a 2012 MUST read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven S. Hoffman on June 30, 2012
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Alan Moore is a dynamic speaker and brilliant thinker. His book reflects the same positive attitude and stimulating connections.

I'd recommend this to everyone who is interested in original ideas and thought provoking solutions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. David Evans on May 1, 2012
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I've known Alan since we both presented as authors at SXSWi. We'd written books on "social media" and had secured speaking slots based on our respective works. I was really interested in what Alan had to say, and to compare his views with my own.

I was blown away.

Where my books are skills-oriented, Alan's provide foundational insight on what "social" really is, about what it means on a global scale and where we're all likely to be ten years on. (If we're lucky!) Talking with Alan and diving into No Straight Lines (I got a manuscript preview before purchasing a release copy) changed a lot of what I thought I knew. No Straight lines is an amazing look at the past, present and future as society (and the workplace!) is reshaped by social technology. Rote process replaced with collaboration, maximization of individual gain replaced by a collective that benefits all participants. Ultimately, No Straight lines is a book about the world we all wanted to live in: The best part of it is that we still can.

I highly recommend this book, and sincerely appreciate the effort that Alan put into writing this.
Thank you, Alan.
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