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The Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show Podcast

Ethan Zuckerman: Rewiring, Connection Expansion and How Unconnected We Are

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Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT,  a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab and author of Rewire; Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, talks about how, in spite of all the opportunities the internet gives us for connection, we're usually not that connected, and tells us what to do about it. Ethan is also co-founder of Global voices. Expanded bio here.

as usual, here are some rough notes from our interview, intended to be a teaser, so you'll listen to the podcast. 

Story-- Tunisian revolution, which was invisible.

Rising Mystery

     deciphering mysteries.

Our challenge is not access to information, it is the challenge of paying attention. 

Diogenes and cosmopolitanism-- 

Anthony Appiah Cosmpopolitanism is an essential philosophical stance for a connected world. 

You use the word connected world. What do you mean by that?

hard to solve problems locally-- need global approach. 

I embrace decentralization as a bottom up value. How is your global approach different from centralization? founded with Rebecca MacKinnon  What did you do to the website to amplify the goals of rewire?

How did you make it easier to explore on your website?

Bridging is a really big concept in your book. Can you talk more about it?

What's the difference between a "bridge" and "xenophile?"

Dhani Jones--athlete trying out new sports in different cultures. 


Dangers of connection. 

Evgeny Morozov has issues with connection and social media

Can you talk about the roots of the word serendipity and how it applies to the ideas in your book?

Cognitive Diversity--   

    Book Scott Page-- The Difference

The connected shall inherit"

Can you tell the story about the band Journey?

  went onto youtube and began looking for cover bands

Arnel Pineda in Makati, Philippines

If your goal of this book, Rewire, is successful, what will happen?

  tools that help us engineer serendipity"

How do we rewire with greater volition and self responsibility for what we pay attention to?

rescue time helps you look at what you are paying attention to on line. 

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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 and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.

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