NFT, Greek myths, Hayao Miyazaki

With summer approaching, the rich are preparing their lists of inspirational beach readings. And this year, their Goyard tote bags are likely to be filled with books on innovation, technology and the Greek gods.

JP Morgan Private Bank on Tuesday announced its 23rd annual summer reading list, which has become the seasonal “it list” of literary status symbols for the ultra-wealthy.

The bank, whose clients typically have $10 million or more, sifts through hundreds of client advisor recommendations for nonfiction books and narrows them down to 10 titles. The selection is based on “speed, quality and global appeal to the company’s global customer base”.

Of course, most of the super-rich will be staring at their stock screens all summer. But when it comes to the books, they seek to learn more about technology, the planet, and the past.

“This year’s list covers terrain and time and seeks to double-click on the themes our advisors are hearing the most in their conversations with clients this year, including sustainability, leadership and business transformation. , technological innovation, expanding cultural perspectives and philanthropic support for important global causes,” said Darin Oduyoye, Chief Communications Officer of JP Morgan Asset & Wealth Management.

The list also added a new tech twist this year – books in the metaverse. The JP Morgan Onyx Lounge at Decentraland will include a virtual library exhibit, where visitors can create an avatar, watch author interviews, and answer trivial questions with a “scholarly owl.”

The list is, as always, as varied as the wealthy themselves. But it’s a useful barometer of the headlines and topics you’re likely to see this summer on Hamptons beaches, Aspen mountains and other elite hotspots. Here’s the list, via JP Morgan Private Bank:

“CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Set The Best Leaders Apart” by Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller and Vikram Malhotra: McKinsey & Company’s senior partners offer insight into how some of the most respected CEOs do their jobs. Drawing on 25 years of research and interviews with top business executives – including the heads of Netflix, JP Morgan Chase, General Motors and Sony – Dewar, Keller and Malhotra show that while the role of CEO is unique to each organization, the best CEOs think and adapt in surprisingly similar ways across industries.

“Race for Tomorrow: Survival, Innovation and Profit on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis” by Simon Mundy: In this journey across 26 countries and six continents, Financial Times journalist Simon Mundy goes to the front lines of the climate crisis. Telling the stories of those he meets – from a scientist building a home for artificial mammoths in northeastern Siberia to entrepreneurs seeking breakthroughs in electricity and fusion – Mundy shows how climate change is displacing communities, disrupting global businesses and inspiring a new wave of innovation.

“Being Present: Attracting Attention at Work (and Home) by Managing Your Social Presence” by Jeanine W. Turner: By synthesizing 15 years of research, interviews, and the experience of students and executives, Georgetown professor Jeanine W. Turner offers a framework for navigating our social presence – the sense of being connected within a conversation or interaction – and to communicate more effectively and intentionally with our family, friends and colleagues.

“The Complete Guide to NFTs, Digital Art and Blockchain Technology” by Marc Beckman: What exactly are NFTs and how will they impact our world? Marc Beckman, founder of digital illustration platform NFT Truesy, dives into the fundamentals of NFT technology, making the subject clear and understandable. Beckman explores how NFTs are poised to change fashion, sports, fine art, social justice and more, and how entrepreneurs can position themselves to succeed in tomorrow’s NFT-driven world.

“The Power of Regret: How Looking Back Moves Us Forward” by Daniel H. Pink: Author Daniel H. Pink rejects the idea of ​​”no regrets” – instead challenging us to accept regrets as fundamental and creatively consider them to help us live more fulfilling lives. Drawing on research in psychology, neuroscience, economics and biology, Pink argues that we can turn regrets into positive forces by reframing our thinking.

“Fixed: How to Perfect the Art of Problem Solving” by Amy E. Herman: While leading education at the Frick Collection in New York, attorney and art historian Amy E. Herman developed her “Art of Perception” seminar to improve students’ observational and communication skills. in medicine solving insoluble problems. Since then, she has moderated international sessions for leaders and professionals from the FBI, the French National Police, Interpol and many other organizations for which failure is catastrophic. Using art to challenge our default way of thinking, Herman encourages us to open our minds to see possibilities we might otherwise overlook.

“Hayao Miyazaki” by Jessica Niebel, Daniel Kothenschulte and Pete Docter: An illustrated journey through the cinematic worlds of the acclaimed Japanese filmmaker, “Hayao Miyazaki” celebrates the artistic vision and themes of Miyazaki’s animated films, including the Academy Award-winning “Spirited Away.” Published by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles in collaboration with Studio Ghibli in Tokyo, the book offers insight into the animator’s creative process and masterful storytelling techniques.

“As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic” by the Wedge Collection (Foreword by Teju Cole/Introduction by Dr. Mark Sealy/Interviewed by Liz Ikiriko): Selected from Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Wedge Collection in Toronto – a black-owned collection dedicated to artists of African descent – “As We Rise” offers a timely exploration of black identity. Through a compilation of over 100 photographs by black artists from Canada, the Caribbean, Britain, the United States, South America and across the African continent, the volume examines the multi-layered aspects of life black through themes of community, identity and power, all while exploring ideas of agency, beauty, self-representation and more.

“Between the Mountain and the Sky: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, Healing and Hope” by Maggie Doyne: Maggie Doyne, American philanthropist and founder of the BlinkNow Foundation, tells the inspiring story of her journey from carefree teenager in New Jersey to caretaker of more than 50 Nepalese children. Inspired by a trip to the countryside during a gap year before college, Doyne invests her savings to buy land and open a children’s home. “Between the Mountain and the Sky” shares all the love, loss, healing and hope she experiences as she opens the home, and eventually a women’s center and school.

“Greek Myths” by Gustav Schwab: A collection of 47 tales from German writer Gustav Schwab’s seminal anthology, Taschen’s “Greek Myths” reimagines the fascinating world of Greek mythology for modern times. Through these legendary tales of gods and all-too-human heroes, Schwab’s updated stories reveal all the exploits, furies and weaknesses of the human condition – from the courage of Perseus and the ambition of Icarus to the greed of Midas. .

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