By Douglas Rushkoff
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Team Human is a weekly podcast and set of resources enabling human intervention in the economic, technological, and social programs that determine how we live, work, and interact. This is media as cultural resistance and a path to social change.
||CleanEp. 55 Jon Lebkowsky "Folding the Fringes"||Rushkoff is on the road in Austin, joined by FringeWare Review founder and cyberculture pioneer Jon Lebkowsky.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 54 Manoush Zomorodi "Blissfully Bored"||Manoush Zomorodi joins Douglas Rushkoff to discuss her brand new book, Bored and Brilliant, and how we may have sacrificed creativity for constant connection.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 53 IBM Watson "If I Only Had A Brain"||Douglas hosts a panel discussion at IBM Watson on the ethics and implications of "thinking machines."||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 52 William Softky and Criscillia Benford "Recalibrating For Trust"||William Softky and Criscillia Benford show how the technologies we use to connect to one another lack the fidelity required to establish trust between us.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 51 Make It So: Civic Hall Labs||Civic Hall Labs executive director Elizabeth Stewart amplifies the "civic" in civic tech.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 50 Alexandra Juhasz "The Tiny Magic of CyberFeminism"||Professor, author, filmmaker and feminist technology activist Alexandra Juhasz on the "tiny magic" necessary to enact real world change.||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 49 Michael Frederickson "Awestruck"||Pixar Animator Michael Frederickson joins Douglas Rushkoff for a conversation on the power of awe and how it relates to storytelling, technology, and art.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 48 Arthur Brock Reclaims Currency||Can currency be reimagined as more than just money?||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 47 Richard Barbrook "It's Capitalism, Mate"||Richard Barbrook and Douglas Rushkoff look at the underlying economic forces and ideology steering the tech "revolution"||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 46 Walter Kirn Pt. 2 "Toward Human Ends or the End of Humans?"||Part Two of a conversation about the slippery promises of the technological utopia.||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 45 Walter Kirn Pt. 1 "Training Our Replacements"||Old friends Walter Kirn and Douglas Rushkoff engage in a harrowing conversation that looks at the underlying biases that drive the technologies that would make humans obsolete.||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp.44 Special Episode "Collective Power"||Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey of the Debt Collective w/ Worker Cooperative Leader Esteban Kelly||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 43 Adam Brock "Better Than You Found It"||Permaculturalist Adam Brock on growing community and connection.||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 42 Ramesh Srinivasan "Whose Global Village"||Ramesh Srinivasan and Douglas Rushkoff reimagine technology as it might embrace true community and through the perspective of diverse cultures.||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 41 Richard D. Bartlett "There Is No Enemy Team"||Loomio Co-Founder Richard Bartlett on the power of collaborative organizing.||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 40 Kevin McLeod "Reveling in the Unspoken"||Alternate Reality Game Designer Kevin McLeod on the power of paradox and ambiguity. Rushkoff begins work on the Team Human Manifesto.||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 39 Daniel Berninger "Fighting for a Human Agenda"||Technologist Daniel Berninger on the inflated promises of "team machine" and the need to reclaim a human agenda.||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 38 J.T. Rogers "The Play is the Thing"||Playwright J.T. Rogers on the political potency of people gathered together to wrestle with humanity's deepest questions at the theater.||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 37 William Hogeland "Defaulting to Colonialism"||Historian William Hogeland challenges the mythology of America's founding.||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 36 Micah Sifry "What We Do Now! #PDF17"||Micah Sifry of Civic Hall and Personal Democracy Forum is bringing people together to reengage in civic life. Sifry and Rushkoff discuss politics that go beyond the ballot box.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 35 Tessa Lena "Fighting the Robots"||Tessa Lena creates music that challenges robotic notions of humanity.||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 34 Pia Mancini "No Shame! Towards a Cooperative Economy"||Guest Pia Mancini helps groups collectivize, raise money, and build transparent, networked relationships.||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 33 David Sax "The Revenge of Analog"||Author David Sax on why real-life, tactile, human-to-human encounters matter.||4/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 32 Laszlo Karafiath PhD "Meme Wars"||Laszlo and Rushkoff ride the wave of "memetic evolution".||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 31 R.U. Sirius "Counter What?"||R.U. Sirius and Douglas Rushkoff on counterculture in the digital landscape.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 30 Bas van Abel "Fingerprints on the Touchscreen"||Fairphone founder Bas van Abel on making the true costs of technology tangible.||3/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 29 Caroline Jack "What Counts As Propaganda?"||Media historian Caroline Jack on media and persuasion.||3/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 28 Alex Rivera "Globalization From Below"||Alex Rivera on drones, robots, labor, and the border walls of the digital age. Rushkoff on building community resilience.||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 27 Alnoor Ladha "Rewriting the Rules"||Rushkoff on the assault on civic health by algorithmically driven companies. Alnoor Ladha on the multifaceted work of building a resilient and just society.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 26 Jason Van Anden "Mobile Justice"||Jason Van Anden promotes human agency and autonomy with his justice-oriented tech.||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp. 25 Danne Woo "Visualizing Reality"||Danne Woo creates data visualizations to inform and inspire change.||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 24 Brian Fitzgerald “The Power of Play”||Playing for Team Human today is Brian Fitzgerald, co-founder of Tinkergarten. Tinkergarten began as the passion project of Brian and his wife, Meghan, a long-time educator. As new parents, Brian and Meghan were looking for hands-on, outdoor learning exp||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 23 Silvia Zuur “Progress Through Collaboration”||Playing for Team Human today is Silvia Zuur. In 2012, Zuur founded Chalkle to reignite adult education in New Zealand. Today, Zuur serves as a director at Enspiral, a social impact network that builds community driven solutions for a diverse set of issue||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22 Zach Leary “It’s All Happening”||This week’s Team Human is part 2 of a fascinating conversation between longtime friends Zach Leary and Douglas Rushkoff. Check out part 1 over on Zach’s show, It’s All Happening. Rushkoff and Zach take a winding path through the “||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21 L.A. Kauffman “Direct Action”||Playing for Team Human today is L.A. Kauffman. Douglas met with Kauffman on the eve of the release of her new book, Direct Action, Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, published by Verso press. Direct Action charts a history of renewal and||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20 Jonathan Larsen “Fake Reality”||Playing for Team Human is Jonathan Larsen. Larsen is a journalist, comedy writer, and TV producer who has worked on the Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart, Up w/ Chris Hayes, and Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann. Larsen recently launched TheFingNews.com, a news dige||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 19 Brian Hughes “Distributed Solidarities and Extremism”||Playing for Team Human is Brian Hughes. Brian is a recent graduate of the Media Studies Graduate Program at CUNY Queens College, home to Team Human and the Laboratory for Digital Humanism. Hughes’s work explores media origins and portrayals of extr||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 18 Ari Wallach “Longpath Thinking”||Playing for Team Human Today is Ari Wallach. In a conversation that spans politics, technology, history, and even biology, Wallach and Rushkoff look at the threat of short-term thinking in times of crisis. This freewheeling discussion tackles deep assump||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 17 Viktor Zaunders “Permaculture”||Playing for Team Human today, all the way from Sweden, is local food facilitator Viktor Zaunders. Zaunders is working to organize sustainable, regenerative, and collaborative local food systems. In this episode, Zaunders and Douglas talk about permacultu||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16 Natalie Foster “Future of Work”||Playing for Team Human today is Natalie Foster. Foster brings a unique determination and optimism to questions surrounding the future of work. Her research as a fellow of the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative and as an affiliate at the Institute||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15 Julie Holland MD “Finding the Others”||Playing for Team Human today is psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, and psychedelics researcher Dr. Julie Holland. Dr. Holland explains the role of psychedelics in helping people gain the new forms of information and awareness they need to become more f||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14 Post-Election Special: The Trump Opportunity||Rushkoff visits greatagain.gov and conducts a thought experiment: what if we all apply to work in Trump’s administration? A post-election special episode.||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13 Kyra D. Gaunt Ph.D. “Full Spectrum Humanity”||Playing for Team Human is author, activist, ethnomusicologist and singer Kyra Gaunt Ph.D. Kyra’s research on the harassment of young women and people of color has recently focused on the YouTube phenomenon of twerking videos and trolling. In today&||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12 Mushon Zer-Aviv “Reambiguation”||Playing for Team Human is Mushon Zer-Aviv. Mushon shares his creative strategies for resistance against assimilation into the big data mindset. His playful, interactive designs turn the cult of data collection on its head, re-ambiguating humans and embr||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11 Steve Lambert “Public Displays of Collaboration”||Playing for Team Human is art activist Steve Lambert. Steve reclaims public spaces with his work, igniting the radical imagination and critical thinking of his audience collaborators. With his recent piece, “Capitalism Works For Me!(True/False),||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 10 Aaron Dignan “Hacking the Corporation”||Playing for Team Human is Aaron Dignan. Aaron is a strategist, author, and founder of the Ready, where he works on updating the “organizational operating systems” of business. Dignan has advised top executives at global brands including GE, F||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 09 D.C. Vito “Media Literacy”||Playing for Team Human today is D.C. Vito, Executive Director of The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project). The LAMP brings hands-on media education into underserved communities, empowering students and teachers with the skills needed to comprehend,||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 08 Heather Dewey-Hagborg||Playing For Team Human today, the brilliant and terrifying artist and bio-hacker Heather Dewey- Hagborg. As a transdisciplinary artist, Heather explores the intersection of science, art and biopolitics. Heather recently made the headlines with a project||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 07 Marina Gorbis at PDF2016||Today’s Team Human was recorded live on the floor of the 2016 Personal Democracy Forum, where we caught up with Marina Gorbis, executive director to the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Marina joins Team Human to help us see how a utilitarian value||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 06 Kio Stark “Talk to Strangers”||Playing for Team Human today is Kio Stark. Kio’s new book When Strangers Meet explores the transformative power to be found in person-to-person interactions with strangers. Kio describes how even a brief interaction can foster empathy and open up t||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 05 Andy Bichlbaum “Playful Resistance”||Playing for Team Human today: Andy Bichlbaum of the infamous Yes Men, the world’s most accomplished working culture hackers, responsible for devastating satirical attacks on Dow Chemical, Halliburton, Exxon, the US Chamber of Commerce, Dupont, and||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 04 Micah White “Permanent Revolution”||Today on Team Human we’re looking at protest. While we may be willing to raise our voices, sign petitions, and even get arrested, are we willing and ready to take hold of power? Author, activist, and Occupy Wall Street co-creator Micah White gives||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 03 Esteban Kelly “Solidarity”||Playing for Team Human is Esteban Kelly. Kelly is an exemplary leader in the movement for promoting solidarity and workplace democracy. While working with the Mariposa Food Co-op, Kelly founded the Food Justice and Anti Racism working group. He was also||8/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 02 Richard Maxwell “Greening the Media”||Special Pre-Launch Episode: Recorded January 2016 Playing for Team Human today is Professor Richard Maxwell. Richard Maxwell is a political economist of media. His research begins at the intersection of politics and economics to analyze the global media,||7/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 01 Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey||Joining team human are debt resisters Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey. Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, activist, and musician. Her films include the documentaries Zizek! and the Examined Life. Taylor’s recent book The People’s Platform: Taking Bac||7/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Culture as if humanism and hope mattered
Doug is one of few public intellectuals with a will towards a positive future and the history background to talk about what is and is not healthy cultural change.
Doug does what corporate media avoids; keeps truly human values at the forefront of discussion.
Few other places where you can hear how to preserve existing workable public commons, create new ones and the cultural shifts needed to create neighborhoods and communities where worker-owned enterprises can take root and unfold.
His many books are also worth your attention.
Douglas Rushkoff: Deep Cuts
Finally, a central place to find Mr. Rushkoff, and his guests, riff off the themes explored in his book "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus". Since the book has come out, I have been searching YouTube, other podcasts, and any other bit of interviews I could find featuring Mr. Rushkoff talking about the the themes of his book but could never find one that did a deep dive into one idea. Team Human is doing these deep dives and coming up with resources and solutions that can help us take the fight offline, into the real world, where people and not programs can create change.
The podcast is an excellent extension of Rushkoff's books. Nobody seems to know how best to solve the problems that plague team human, but this podcast is a rare example of people offering prescriptions rather than endless diagnosis.