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Douglas Rushkoff: Collectivism as an active choice"joining team human

Broadcast 8/13/2019 at 10:13 AM EDT (9 Listens, 6 Downloads, 2598 Itunes)
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Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist , writer, columnist, lecturer, and graphic novelist

He's known for coining terms and concepts including viral media (or media virus), digital native , and social currency. He has written ten books on media, technology and culture. He wrote the first syndicated column on cyberculture for The New York Times Syndicate , as well as regular columns for The Guardian .

He is currently Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at the City University of New York

This is his third time on the Bottom Show and we're going to discuss his new book and project, Team Human

Doug Rushkoff, Team Human WE discuss Douglas's book, Team Human, including, collectivism, distributed economy, blockchain, open source.. Always gets back to Socialism Fractal ...
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Rough prep and interview notes

First, can you tell us a story?

Conversation with billionaires on what to do after the "event?" How do they keep security forces loyal after money means nothing? Treat them well.

Technology Development

Native Americans explained colonizers using word "Wettico."

What's the central message of Team Human

Revolution as ferris wheel

Renaissancerebirth of old ideas in a new context.

Our renaissance potentially brings us from a world of objects to one of connections and patterns. The world can be understood as a fractal, where each piece reflects the whole

Favor banks and sharing economies.

Anarchosyndicalism and Catholic church distributism

Captologycourse taught at Stanford on how to captivate ,by BJ Fogg

Renaissance and individuals

Capitalism and individualism

collectivism, distributed economy, blockchain, open source". Always gets back to Socialism

Fractal Sensibility. The key to experiencing one's individuality is to perceive the way it is reflected in the whole and, in turn, resonate with something greater than oneself" religion?

Collectivism as an active choicejoining team human

Solidarity begins with place.

Team human participates in national and global politics from the bottom up, the small to the large, and the local to the national and beyond.

Repeatedly, you assert throughout the book This is not weakness this is strength. It seems to be a patternpp 204

The greatest threats to team human are the beliefs, forces and institutions that separate us from one another and the natural world of which we are a part.

History of disempowerment of local

Humans derive from their power of place.

Corporatism as an effort to stunt bottom-up prosperity

We humans are all part of the same collective nervous s ystem


How do you find the others?

Where do politics and ideology fit into this narrative?

If you can't find the human being in the red MAGA hat, how do you expect them to find the humans who are emigrating from Mexico"

We will win this. The human spirit is too powerful. The human soul is too real.

More powerful than any money, nuke or government.

Agriculture permaculture big agra, Monsanto/Bayer

Colonization with extractive technologies

Wettico and indigenous peoples'

Kurzweil debate

Favor banks, sharing economies

Reciprocal altruism

You write about the affect of agriculture on humanity

History of connection with media ecologyMarshall McCluhan and Neil Postman

Digital renaissance, old things coming back, McCluhan

Progress is a red herring

Problem with Judaism

We need to become flow observers and pattern recognizers in our local realities and communities

Algorithms and demons

Francis Bacon's science as rape of nature.

Your prescription for holistic science

Kurzweil, the singularity or end of humanity, I'm worried for the day that computers pass the Turing Test.

Tweet: We are not being beaten by machines but by a league of tech billionaires who have been taught to believe that human beings are the problem and technology is the solution

You ask, in a tweet, How do machine metaphors shape our understanding of reality.

Myth of survival of the fittest

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites,

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet (more...)

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