New Mark Zuckerberg Book Club Launches in St. Joseph, Kansas City – Led by Family Investment Center

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Following Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s book club, “A Year of Books,” Dan Danford’s book club is called “You, Me and Zuck: A Community Book Club Based on Mark Zuckerberg’s Year of Books,” with the emphasis on “learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies." The club will have its first meeting in St. Joseph at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at the East Hills Library in the Conference Room, while the Kansas City club members will meet at 7 p.m. on May 14 at Barnes and Noble at Zona Rosa.

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“Books have been and continue to be a big part of my life,” said Danford. “My involvement in book clubs in the past was the inspiration for creating one of my own.”

Book clubs are more than just sharing ideas on interesting authors and their works – they help promote community, stimulate the intellect, serve as a conduit for meeting new people, and they establish a positive and refreshing break in the normal routine. Dan Danford, founder and CEO of Family Investment Center, is hosting one book club event per month in St. Joseph and North Kansas City beginning in May. The theme will follow Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s book club, “A Year of Books.”

“Books have been and continue to be a big part of my life,” said Danford. “My involvement in book clubs in the past was the inspiration for creating one of my own.”

The club will have its first meeting in St. Joseph at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at the East Hills Library in the Conference Room. The Kansas City club members will meet at 7 p.m. on May 14 at Barnes and Noble at Zona Rosa.

Following Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s book club, “A Year of Books,” Danford’s book club is called “You, Me and Zuck: A Community Book Club Based on Mark Zuckerberg’s Year of Books.” Zuckerberg established a lofty goal for 2015 – read a new book every other week with the emphasis on “learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies,” says Danford.

“We are looking forward to inspiring discussions and questions from the clubs, believing that everyone has something to share,” says Danford. “As a business, we believe it’s part of our responsibility to interact with the community and help foster new ideas and inspiration. That’s what we do here at our company every day, and it’s natural to want to share that.”

The “You, Me and Zuck” book club titles are:

  •     The first book the club will read is "The End of Power" by Moisés Naím. The book discusses the shift in power from West to East and North to South, and from traditional power platforms like presidential houses and palaces to public squares.
  •     The second is from Sudhir Venkatesh’s "Gang Leader for a Day," a book that comes out of nearly a decade living in a notorious housing project in Chicago where gangs rule the neighborhood. Vekatesh sheds light on the “morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to service in an urban war zone.”
  •     The third month of the book club features "Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration" by Ed Catmull. Readers will see into the mind of one of Pixar Animation Studio’s founding members and get his take on managing employees to get the most out of them.
  •     The fourth book on the list is "The Better Angels of Our Nature" by Steven Pinker, who is a cognitive scientist investigating our violent past and how brutal practices are now declining in society.
  •     For the club’s fifth meeting, members will read "On Immunity" by Eula Biss. The author, who is a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, talks about her fears as a parent. She discusses fear of the medical establishment, government, and what’s in the air children breathe, the food they eat and in their vaccines.
  •     For the sixth and final meeting for this round of readings is "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by philosopher Thomas Kuhn. This book, published in 1962, examines the process of discovery and challenges idea of normal scientific progress.

Guests should bring their own copy of the book to the meeting; all are available on Amazon.com.

Kansas City Meeting Dates: (7 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Zona Rosa)
May 14
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10
October 8

St. Joseph Meeting Dates:    (7 p.m., St. Joseph Public Library, East Hills Branch)
May 28    
June 25    
July 23                
August 27            
September 24            
October 22

About Dan Danford and Family Investment Center
Dan Danford serves as Founder/CEO of Family Investment Center, a full-service, commission-free investment advisory firm. Based in St. Joseph, Mo., Family Investment Center also serves clients in the Kansas City Northland area and across the country.

Danford holds an MBA and is a doctoral candidate in personal finance at Kansas State University. In 2012, he was featured in the book America’s Top Financial Advisors. A 2009 Wall Street Journal article outlined Danford’s unique birthday messages to clients, complete with a $2 bill inside the envelope. In 2009, Danford was also quoted on ABC News for his insight into how parents can protect funds for their children’s college education. A 2006 article in The New York Times quoted Danford’s insights on working with a financial advisor. In 2014, Danford was featured in an article exploring solutions to math anxiety in the Voices section of the Wall Street Journal.
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