Journals Are One of My Core Inspirations. Here Is What I Read Regularly

I focus on four core publications to get insights that are relevant to my activities and to broaden my horizon

Thomas Vogel
5 min readAug 7


Various journals and magazines on a bed
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Today’s large problems are all interconnected to many subjects, and sometimes even depend on a single person’s mindset (hello Mr. Putin).

You always meet people twice or three times, but most often in totally different contexts.

Information comes from a wide range of sources, some of them suitable for one topic, others for another topic.

I love to connect all the dots between my different activities.

I use Obsidian to organize my thoughts and information. I link every piece of information with the following metadata:

  • Input — whenever I am having a meeting or reading an article that is relevant to me, I am filing the relevant information for eventual further use.
  • Subject — what topic is the piece of information about?
  • Source — where does the piece of information come from?
  • People — who gave me that piece of information, with whom did I discuss it, and whom did I recommend it?
  • Product — what product will I use the information for?
  • Action — do I need to investigate the topic further, discuss it with somebody, or read it in a quiet minute?

This article is about some of my sources of information — namely the publications I read regularly, and why.

Here we go.

1. The Economist

The Economist is my go-to source to know what’s going on in the world. It has a decidedly global and liberal position, which matches well with my core beliefs: As an entrepreneur, I am a strong defender of meritocracy, and efforts eventually need to pay off economically. As an active reserve general staff officer, geopolitics is close to my heart. As an engineer, I like the Technology Quarterly sections and the occasional special reports that broaden my horizon. And as a citizen of a small neutral country, I know that our prosperity comes from being open and liberal, rather than from fencing…



Thomas Vogel

Entrepreneur, engineer, enemy of all administrative hurdles, general staff officer, solar power advocate.