Book club launches with ‘Geek Heresy’

UMSI will kick off its first social media book club this summer by reading UMSI Associate Professor Kentaro Toyama’s recent book, Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology.

In Geek Heresy, Toyama challenges the popular idea that technology itself can solve the world’s problems with stories of real-world people who make a difference in the world. Through these narratives, he shows readers how understanding and humanity, not technology and machines, are what truly drives social progress. The book won the 2016 PROSE Award in Business, Finance & Management, earned praised from Bill Gates and was called “essential reading” by Psychology Today.

The book club will launch May 27. Anyone can participate by using the hashtag #UMSIBookClub to ask questions about or comment on the book on Blab or Twitter.

UMSI professors, including Toyama, UMSI Dean Thomas Finholt and Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs Paul Resnick, will respond to readers’ questions and comments in live talk sessions. The first half of the book will be discussed on June 23 and the second half on July 21. Both sessions will take place from 12-12:45 pm.

The book is available for purchase here and from online and local booksellers. Those who register to participate at this link will be entered in a drawing to win a UMSI hoodie.

In the above video, Toyama gives you a thought-provoking glimpse of the ideas he advances in the book