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37 minutes | 3 days ago
Scott Smith on Cultivating Everyday Futuring
Scott Smith, founder and managing partner of the Netherlands-based futures consultancy Changeist and author of the new book “How to Future: Leading and Sense-Making in an Age of Hyperchange,” talks with us about why President Trump is a covert futurist, the problems with taking a passive approach toward tomorrow, and why the next generation of leaders will be people who use pragmatic, real-life experiences, not necessarily advanced educations, to make change in the world.
42 minutes | 8 days ago
Amy Westervelt on How Words Can Unite or Divide Us
Environmental journalist Amy Westervelt, founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network and co-host of the Hot Take podcast, discusses what President-elect Joe Biden should prioritize when addressing the climate crisis, why forgiveness doesn’t entail giving up on justice, and how President Trump, his family and associates, and the mass media—including The New York Times and The Washington Post—have all furthered the agendas of fossil-fuel giants.
42 minutes | 10 days ago
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr on the Intersection of Health and Human Rights
Economist Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, a professor of international affairs at the New School and recipient of a 2019 Grawemeyer Award for her co-authorship of the book “Fulfilling Social and Economic Rights,” speaks with us about the danger of vaccine nationalism, the challenges with the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, and why having access to life-saving medication is a human right.
44 minutes | 15 days ago
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi on Making Enriching Public Spaces
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, co-founders of the New York–based architectural design firm Weiss/Manfredi, talk with us about creating environments that encourage slowing down, why all five senses matter in architecture, and the surprising ways in which public spaces serve and support people in times of crisis.
30 minutes | 17 days ago
Chris Smaje on How Small Farms Could Fuel Our Future
Somerset, England–based farmer Chris Smaje, author of the new book “A Small Farm Future: Making the Case for a Society Built Around Local Economies, Self-Provisioning, Agricultural Diversity, and a Shared Earth,” discusses incentivizing a new generation of farmers, the problems inherent with cheap food, and how reconnecting people with nature could impact the “bullshit jobs” phenomenon.
37 minutes | 22 days ago
Jess Scully on Establishing a Framework for a Fairer World
Jess Scully, deputy lord mayor of Sydney, Australia, and author of the new book “Glimpses of Utopia: Real Ideas for a Fairer World,” speaks with us about bringing indigenous knowledge into modern society, how increased citizen participation in politics could transform government policy, and why caring and creating are the economy’s most future-proof skill sets.
42 minutes | 24 days ago
Elisa Gabbert on Why Our Memory Fails Us
Poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert, author of the new book “The Unreality of Memory: And Other Essays,” talks with us about why the 24-hour news cycle fuels a demand for disasters, how false memories are created, and the emotional difficulty of responding to big, invisible threats like the climate crisis.
36 minutes | a month ago
Ben Adida on Building Better Voting Systems
Ben Adida, executive director of the nonprofit Voting Works, discusses how to build more resilient voting systems, the reason for paper ballots, and why the best response to digital warfare is a slower, more considered approach to consuming information.
51 minutes | a month ago
Walter Hood on Rethinking Monuments and Memorials in the 21st Century
Walter Hood, founder and creative director of Hood Design Studio and co-author of the forthcoming book “Black Landscapes Matter,” talks with us about how his new proposal for Washington, D.C.’s National Mall Tidal Basin could facilitate unity, why spaces that elicit discomfort are a step toward reconciliation, and the importance of investing in people and places that society takes for granted.
40 minutes | a month ago
Paola Subacchi on the Need to Preserve Healthy Societies
London-based economist Paola Subacchi, author of the new book “The Cost of Free Money: How Unfettered Capital Threatens Our Economic Future,” discusses the financial impact of the coronavirus, similarities between trade and currency, and how wealth inequality is fueling the United States’s current political climate.
38 minutes | a month ago
Regan Ralph on the Global Impact of Local Human Rights Activists
Regan Ralph, founding president and CEO of the Fund for Global Human Rights, speaks with us about the importance of “trust-based philanthropy,” funding decentralized movements, and what social-change organizations can learn from local activists.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
Gregg Buchbinder on Making Things That Stand the Test of Time
Gregg Buchbinder, CEO of the American furniture maker Emeco, discusses the motivation behind the company’s recently launched carbon footprint calculator, why planned obsolescence should be illegal, and how his team transformed plastic bottles into a series of recyclable chairs.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Sandor Katz on Fermentation as Metaphor
Self-described “fermentation fetishist” Sandor Katz, author of the new book “Fermentation as Metaphor,” speaks with us about how the pandemic has revealed our food systems’ vulnerabilities, why fermentation is integral to human culture, and what he learned from eating “stink heads” in Alaska.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
Leonard Koren on Being a Curious Aesthete
Artist, aesthetics expert, and writer Leonard Koren, author of the new book “Musings of a Curious Aesthete,” discusses the psychological benefits of bathing, how “action intellectuals” harness life’s experiences, and the enlightenment that comes from looking at things from a new perspective.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Dr. Friederike Otto on Making Sense of Extreme Weather
Physicist and climate researcher Dr. Friederike Otto, author of the new book “Angry Weather: Heat Waves, Floods, Storms, and the New Science of Climate Change,” speaks with us about the nuances of understanding real-time weather data, why climate change is a social issue, and how suing fossil fuel companies can help change their business models, regardless of the legal outcome.
37 minutes | 2 months ago
Hari Kunzru on Why People Find Comfort in Conspiracy Theories
Writer and journalist Hari Kunzru, author of the new novel “Red Pill” and host of the Into the Zone podcast, talks with us about the unsettling concept of “hyperstition,” how isolation exacerbates feelings of unreality, and the fine line between the logical and the illogical.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Ini Archibong on Being a Citizen of the World
Switzerland-based designer Ini Archibong, whose pavilion for the African diaspora will debut at the London Design Biennale in 2021, discusses his personal definition of Black privilege, why hurting others only hurts yourself, and the social responsibility that stems from recognizing that everything is interconnected.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Bina Venkataraman on the Planet as a Shared Heirloom
Bina Venkataraman, editorial page editor of The Boston Globe and author of the book “The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age,” speaks with us about replacing short-term metrics with milestones, the power of imaginative empathy, and the need for newspaper opinion sections to prioritize evidence-based thinkers over ideological diversity.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
Zephyr Teachout on Why It’s Time to Break Up Big Tech
Attorney, political activist, and antitrust and corruption expert Zephyr Teachout, author of the new book “Break ’Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money,” talks with us about the parallels between America’s tech giants and organized crime, why boycotting doesn’t equal political action, and voting as a tool to achieve meaningful ends.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Jeffrey Schlegelmilch on How to Prepare for Disaster
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