Dan Gardner is the New York Times best-selling author of Risk, Future Babble, Superforecasting (co-authored with Philip E. Tetlock), and How Big Things Get Done (co-authored with Bent Flyvbjerg). His books have been published in 26 countries and 20 languages. Prior to becoming an author, Gardner was an award-winning investigative journalist. More >


I'm at work on a new book, with a new co-author, and this is my appeal to the awesome power of the collective.

I need your help.

I don't want to unveil the book just yet but I can say it involves project planning and execution. Mostly, the projects are at the big end of things (Empire State Building, Hoover Dam, Manhattan Project, etc.) but the lessons the book focuses on are universal. So I need to find interesting stories at every level of the scale, right down to small towns, small businesses, and families.

That's a problem. Unlike the Hoover Dams of the world, academics don't write papers forensically analyzing a single home renovation and authors don't write books about a wedding.

Below is the sort of thing I am looking for: A project to install bike racks in a town in Virginia cost $3.8 million and took five years ... and it still wasn't done.

So here's what I'm asking: Would you please direct me to projects that fit the bill? They can be failures or successes. They just have to be interesting. (Like the one above. You can't hear that without thinking, "how is that even possible?!?")

Maybe you have personal experience. Maybe you heard a story in the news. Maybe you have a huge amount of time on your hands and you'd love to sit down with Google and a bottle of wine and go find great stories.

If so, please drop me an email: https://www.dangardner.ca/srv/...

Now is your chance to make history. Or at least help make a good book better.

Many thanks.