Team Human: Reveling in the Unspoken

Computers are great at resolving things; human beings, on the other hand, can contend with sustained paradox. Filmmaker and Alternate Reality Game designer Kevin McLeod reconnects us with what once made movies so special: they didn’t make sense, forcing us into a state of awe and ambiguity that is uniquely human. Meanwhile, I use my […]   read more »

Team Human: Fighting for a Human Agenda

This week’s TeamHuman guest, communications architect Dan Berninger, suggests we are optimizing people for technology instead of the other way around. Everyone gets dehumanized in the process, but maybe that’s the point. And speaking of humans, I tried listening to Donald Trump as if he were a human being. Strangely enough, I was able to […]   read more »

Team Human: The Play is the Thing

Just getting a thousand humans into a room together to sit and watch other humans act out something on stage is the miracle. Playwright J.T. Rogers understands why the very act of doing live theater is so hopeful, and applies this hope to intractable problems like the Middle East conflict – with surprising, and Tony-nominated […]   read more »

Team Human: Defaulting to Colonialism

On this week’s Team Human, we discover one of the reasons why knowing history matters. William Hogeland, author of Autumn of the Black Snake, tells the story of how and why the US Army was created – not to defend our borders, but to wipe out indigenous nations. And all that, in an effort to […]   read more »

Team Human: Civic Engagement Beyond Electoral Politics

I’m really proud of my conversation with Civic Hall founder Micah Sifry on this week’s episode of Team Human. We get deep into the way electoral politics, though important, can actually distract us from the civic engagement we need to do here in the real world. Be sure to register for Personal Democracy Forum 2017 […]   read more »

Team Human: Tessa Fights Robots

I had a great talk with composer/performer Tessa Lena – one of those conversations where you get into the nature of life, what we can do with our time together, and how we are truly different from the machines and institutions that would control us. Luckily, we were in the Team Human audio booth at […]   read more »

Team Human: No Shame! Towards a Cooperative Economy

We just posted an entirely actionable episode of Team Human, with the founder of the Net Party, Pia Mancini. It begins with a monologue by me about the way shame over everything from gender and sex to money inhibits our ability to forge solidarity – by design. That segues to a great discussion with Pia […]   read more »

New Team Human Episodes

We just posted a great new Team Human episode with David Sax, author of the Revenge of Analog. It begins with a monologue from me about our growing intolerance for ambiguity in a digital age. Seeming stalemates and unresolved conflicts – take North Korea – feel like they must now careen toward one crazy conclusion […]   read more »

Alibi: Review of Aleister & Adolf

In a time where questioning what you see is as important as ever, Aleister and Adolf is a must-read book. By Mikee Riggs Aleister and Adolf By Douglas Roushkoff, Illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming Dark Horse Originals 88 pages $19.99 In varying degrees, evil can be viewed as subjective. What someone may perceive as a […]   read more »

Stir to Action: DIY approaches to the New Economy

Here’s a great new magazine out of the UK for those of us looking for hands-on DIY solutions for the new economy. I did an interview with them, too, asking people to evaluate just what value they’re really getting from the platforms they’re on.   Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff by Oliver Sylvester-Bradley Dec 27, 2016 STIR Magazine […]   read more »