Reading is like a software update for the brain
What we read
We choose themes based on member recommendations, trends and stuff we're really curious about. We make an effort to continually mix it up.
Favourite themes so far: Altered (mental) states, work smart, race & identity, habits, gender, AI, cryptocurrency, gender, startups & undercover jobs.
Most months we pull together a short-list of contemporary non-fiction books under a theme, on average 250-350 pages long. Occasionally we do a one-off collaboration with an author like Seth Godin, Ryan Holiday or Kate Raworth.
Every week members are nudged to remind them where they should be in the book.
A lot of members will read 1 x RBC book a month 1 book of their choice. Some members are now reading 3-4 books a month.
Every Sunday evening we prompt members to switch off their wifi and put in a solid session.
Members are now meeting up to do this in person at different times in cafes, bars and parks: 30 mins read + 30 mins chat.
Why books matter to us
by RBC members
Books are the healthiest addiction I have.
Books are the best way of broadening your outlook, experiencing things you may never have the opportunity to do so and relax all at once.
They smell so good. Also you can learn a thing or two.
Smart people learn from their experiences. Wise people learn from other peoples experiences. I aim to be smart and wise.
Books are power. They allow for the spread of ideas, and to gain access to knowledge.. knowledge is power and what is needed to help fight inequality and institutional prejudice.
Books make me more conscious and strengthen me as a human being.
My love affair with books ended at university. I'm trying to feel the love again.
Life expansion from an armchair.