Title: Truck Driver
Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt – When I read this book a couple summers ago, I had no idea that I’d be making a 14,000 mile long road trip across the country in a truck just a few years later. As SparkTruck traverses long swaths of the Interstate Highway System, Tom Vanderbilt’s insightful discussion on the psychology behind driving and our driving environment makes for great conversation starters.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – All jokes aside, a central theme of this book is figuring out how to ask the right questions and not just focusing on “the answer” – 42. While SparkTruck has yet to go intergalactic, we do hope to inspire a new generation of question-askers and problem-solvers through our travels here on Earth.
Quote: “How far do you think we can drive today?”
My Story: According to his mom, Jason Chua learned to read by staring at cars and road signs from his car seat, and he has been fascinated with moving vehicles ever since. This might explain why, upon graduating with degrees in product design and mechanical engineering from Stanford University, he promptly set off on a 14,000 mile road trip across the country in a truck full of tools. A strong believer in the value of creative exploration and prototyping, Jason has spent the past four months on the road with SparkTruck, a project he co-founded at the Stanford d.school that seeks to inspire, enable, and celebrate young creators all over America.