Author: Douglas Rushkoff

With its mega-acquisition of Whole Foods, the retail behemoth moves to suck the value out of yet another market. “Amazon just bought Whole Foods,” my friend texted me seconds after the announcement of the proposed acquisition. “It’s over. The world.” This unease is widespread, and has raised new calls for breaking up Jeff Bezos’s impending monopoly […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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