Dana Chisnell

Dana Chisnell

Policy design @USDS (and founding cohort). Former @NCoC, co-director at @civicdesign. Every day is a civics lesson. Opinions are my own. she/her

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7 Book Recommendations by Dana Chisnell

  • "Ace the 2021 AP U.S. Government & Politics Exam with this Premium version of The Princeton Review's comprehensive study guide. Includes 6 full-length practice exams (more than any other major competitor), plus thorough content reviews, targeted test strategies, and access to online extras." -- Amazon

    @ADoAboutThings @GovUX @Digital_Gov @hanaschank @NewAmericaPIT Yes, and their book is also very good — _The Government Fix_

  • @mbloomstein And then read @cydharrell's excellent book https://t.co/mBe2fx2xG9

  • The landmark legal document of the United States, in a handsome, hardcover gift edition.

    We are reading the Constitution tonight. What are you doing for fun?

  • Drawing on more than 40 years of experience with policy analysis, best-selling authors Eugene Bardach and Eric M. Patashnik use real-world examples to teach you how to be effective, accurate, and persuasive policy analysts. The Sixth Edition of A Practical Guide for Policy Analysis presents dozens of concrete tips, new case studies, and step-by-step strategies for the budding analyst as well as the seasoned professional.

    @krues8dr There’s a 6th edition: https://t.co/x2YTazBLm3

  • Ruined by Design

    Mike Monteiro

    The world is working exactly as designed. The combustion engine which is destroying our planet's atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they're designed to work. And every time we "improve" their design, they get better at killing. Facebook's privacy settings, which have outed gay teens to their conservative parents, are working exactly as designed. Their "real names" initiative, which makes it easier for stalkers to re-find their victims, is working exactly as designed. Twitter's toxicity and lack of civil discourse is working exactly as it's designed to work.The world is working exactly as designed. And it's not working very well. Which means we need to do a better job of designing it. Design is a craft with an amazing amount of power. The power to choose. The power to influence. As designers, we need to see ourselves as gatekeepers of what we are bringing into the world, and what we choose not to bring into the world. Design is a craft with responsibility. The responsibility to help create a better world for all. Design is also a craft with a lot of blood on its hands. Every cigarette ad is on us. Every gun is on us. Every ballot that a voter cannot understand is on us. Every time social network's interface allows a stalker to find their victim, that's on us. The monsters we unleash into the world will carry your name. This book will make you see that design is a political act. What we choose to design is a political act. Who we choose to work for is a political act. Who we choose to work with is a political act. And, most importantly, the people we've excluded from these decisions is the biggest (and stupidest) political act we've made as a society.If you're a designer, this book might make you angry. It should make you angry. But it will also give you the tools you need to make better decisions. You will learn how to evaluate the potential benefits and harm of what you're working on. You'll learn how to present your concerns. You'll learn the importance of building and working with diverse teams who can approach problems from multiple points-of-view. You'll learn how to make a case using data and good storytelling. You'll learn to say NO in a way that'll make people listen. But mostly, this book will fill you with the confidence to do the job the way you always wanted to be able to do it. This book will help you understand your responsibilities.

    Every design decision makes a difference. Design affects world peace. Yes, even what you work on every day. If you care about design, if you care about world peace, read @monteiro’s book. Get his newsletter. https://t.co/kWtUw0Oj0q https://t.co/xoxIXWQIlS

  • A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success 50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods? To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at WordPress.com, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress.com's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future. Offers a fast-paced and entertaining insider's account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive results Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (scottberkun.com) The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.

    @angelacolter Yoga pants FTW. Also The Year Without Pants: https://t.co/RY8ZPVIuJx and the Future of Work https://t.co/nX5PGHNg1Z

  • The Future of Work

    Darrell M. West

    Accelerating innovation -- Robots -- Artificial intelligence -- The internet of things -- Economic and social impact -- Rethinking work -- A new social contract -- Lifetime learning -- An action plan -- Is politics up to the task? -- Economic and political reform -- Notes -- Index

    @angelacolter Yoga pants FTW. Also The Year Without Pants: https://t.co/RY8ZPVIuJx and the Future of Work https://t.co/nX5PGHNg1Z