TED Salon: How to be Team Human in the Digital Future
Team Human Live Shows
May 21: Team Human: Find The Others
92nd Street Y
New York, NY
June 2: VRTO World Conference and Expo
Toronto Media Arts Centre
June 11: ComCap 19 – Keynote
The Jam Handy
June 19: ioby’s Summer Party
June 29: Media Ethics International Conference – Keynote
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Host / Producer
Author, media theorist, and professor Douglas Rushkoff has contributed a number of pages to the team playbook. His many books including Program or Be Programed, Present Shock, and Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus all look deep into the question of reprogramming society to better serve humans. With each episode of Team Human, Rushkoff grapples with complex issues of agency, social justice, and all those quirky non-binary corners of life in a highly approachable and engaging podcast.
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Why Team Human?
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It doesn’t have to be this way.
Autonomous technologies, runaway markets and weaponized media seem to have overturned civil society, paralyzing our ability to think constructively, connect meaningfully, or act purposefully. It feels as if civilization itself were on the brink, and that we lack the collective willpower and coordination necessary to address issues of vital importance to the very survival of our species.
The simplest way to understand and change our predicament is to recognize that being human is a team sport. We cannot be fully human, alone. Anything that brings us together fosters our humanity. Likewise, anything that separates us makes us less human, and less able to exercise our will.
Team Human is a podcast striving to amplify human connection. Each week we are engaging in real-time, no-holds-barred discussions with people who are hacking the machine to make it more compatible with human life, and helping redefine what it means to stay human in a digital age. Members of Team Human include debt activists Astra Taylor and Tom Gokey, Yes-man Andy Bichlbaum, co-op organizer Esteban Kelly, DNA artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Fairphone founder Bas Van Abel, Tony winning playwright JT Rogers, and counterculture pioneer R.U. Sirius and so many more, including, hopefully, you.
Teammates and Music
Zago is a visual design and strategy studio focused on projects that encourage positive social change. Their underwriting grant helped us kickstart this first season of Team Human. Zago also designed our logo.