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Douglas Rushkoff


Team Human is a weekly podcast and set of resources enabling human intervention in the economic, technological, and social programs that determine how we live, work, and interact. This is media as cultural resistance and a path to social change.

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Ep. 127 "All Hands On Deck" Extinction Rebellion with Gail Bradbrook and Clare Farrell

1:20:08 | Apr 10th

Gail Bradbrook and Clare Farrell leverage love and grief to build the Extinction Rebellion, a movement that demands immediate action on climate change.“There is an emotional component to waking up to our social, political, economic, and climate predi...Show More

Ep. 126 Ananya Roy "Occupying the Master’s House"

1:11:32 | Apr 3rd

Playing for Team Human today, professor, scholar, and activist Ananya Roy.Ananya will be showing us how the fight for global social justice, often begins at home.Roy has been working with Occupy Wall Street’s Micah White (Team Human Ep. 04) on a cour...Show More

Ep. 125 Aaron Gell "We're in the same story, here."

59:09 | Mar 27th

Playing for Team Human today; Aaron Gell. Aaron is an editor at large for Medium and an instructor for NYU's Prison Education Project.Aaron will show us how listening and sharing stories can be the key to cultivating empathy. His long-form journalism...Show More

Ep. 124 "Don't Know Much About History" - Live from the Greene Space with Roger McNamee

1:21:28 | Mar 20th

Playing for Team Human today: musician, investor, reformer, and the author of Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe, Roger McNamee.Roger will be talking about his mentorship of Mark Zuckerberg and what went wrong. Was it naive idealism? The i...Show More

Ep. 123 Live from Portland with Blaed Spence and Jennifer Rauch "Beyond the Screen"

1:28:05 | Mar 13th

Playing for Team Human Today is lifelong activist, warrior, and witch Blaed Spence AND writer, professor, and author of Slow Media, Jennifer Rauch.Today’s show continues our ‘live from the road’ series as Douglas brings Team Human to the Bunk Bar in ...Show More

Ep. 122 Live at WNYC's the Greene Space with Naomi Klein - "The Big Tent"

1:14:42 | Feb 27th

Playing for Team Human today: award-winning journalist, activist, and author of No Is Not Enough, This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, No Logo, and most recently, The Battle For Paradise, Naomi Klein.Klein and Rushkoff share a conversation ab...Show More

Ep. 121 Ron Kim "No More Race to the Bottom"

1:00:15 | Feb 20th

Playing for Team Human today: New York State Assemblyman and candidate for New York City Public Advocate, Ron Kim. Ron will be helping us understand the power of local, grassroots activism and how to make government a thing of the people. With the el...Show More

Ep. 120 Jacinta Gonzalez and Amy Herzog on "Amazon's Cloud Industrial Complex"

57:34 | Feb 13th

Playing for Team Human today: immigrant rights activists Jacinta Gonzalez and Amy Herzog.Jacinta and Amy will be showing us why the people living in Queens, New York may not want to welcome Amazon’s HQ2 with open arms. With Amazon poised to deliver o...Show More

Ep. 119 Team Human Live: Douglas Rushkoff and Siobhan O'Connor "Just the Way You Are"

1:02:00 | Feb 6th

In this special episode of Team Human, Douglas is joined by Siobhan O’Connor, vice president of editorial at Medium. Siobhan and Douglas reverse roles as she hosts the official Team Human book launch. This event was recorded live at Civic Hall on Jan...Show More

Ep. 118 Aaron Maté "The Russians Are Coming!"

1:09:29 | Jan 30th

Playing for Team Human today: journalist and Nation columnist Aaron Maté.Aaron is gong to break down “Russiagate,” taking a sober look at the media frenzy of “bombshell” stories asserting a Russian conspiracy behind the 2016 election. Maté explains w...Show More

Ep. 117 Book Launch: A Live Team Human Conversation with Douglas Rushkoff and Seth Godin

1:18:30 | Jan 23rd

Today’s episode is a special live celebration of the release of Team Human the book and manifesto, which is now available everywhere! On January 8th, Douglas was joined by acclaimed author Seth Godin for a pre-release book party at Betaworks Studios ...Show More

Ep. 116 Live at Civic Hall Pt. 2: A Demonology of Algorithms with Mark Pesce

1:11:25 | Jan 16th

Playing for Team Human today; technologist, futurist, inventor and mage Mark Pesce.In this conversation with Douglas, part two of a live Team Human show at Civic Hall, Pesce offers a thought-provoking frame through which we might better understand ou...Show More

Ep. 115 Live at Civic Hall Pt. 1: Penny Abeywardena

47:06 | Jan 9th

Playing for Team Human today: Penny Abeywardena.In part one of a two-part live Team Human show, Douglas is joined by New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs, Penny Abeywardena. Penny’s work looks at the synergies between local and glob...Show More

Ep. 114 Geert Lovink on "Sad by Design" (Corrected Audio)

1:10:51 | Dec 12th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today: media activist and scholar Geert Lovink. Geert will be helping us see how an understanding of the political economy is not enough. We have to reacquaint ourselves with the experiential layer of our humanity and even recl...Show More

Ep. 113 Jamie Cohen "The Commodity of Authenticity"

1:16:46 | Dec 5th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today: media and technology scholar Jamie Cohen. Jamie will be helping us understand the commodity of authenticity. His work looks at the ways authenticity is quantized and codified on media platforms such as YouTube. It’s a pr...Show More

Ep. 112 Jason Stockwood "System Reboot"

1:11:44 | Nov 28th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today: business reformer and the author of Reboot: A Blueprint for Happy Human Business in the Digital Age, Jason Stockwood. Jason will be showing us how to minimize the negative externalities of big business. It all comes down...Show More

Ep. 111 Chenjerai Kumanyika "Uncivilization"

1:13:03 | Nov 14th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today: activist, professor, podcast producer, journalist, and musician Chenjerai Kumanyika. Chenjerai joins Douglas in the basement Media Squat at CUNY Queens College for a conversation about why studying history matters more t...Show More

Ep. 110 Enspiral: "Better Work Together"

1:14:29 | Nov 7th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today: Susan Basterfield and Anthony Cabraal. Susan and Anthony share the open secrets of bottom-up collaboration as we celebrate the publication of Enspiral’s book, Better Work Together. It's a conversation about the power of ...Show More

Ep. 109 Jason Schmitt "A Pirate Bay of Knowledge?"

1:07:39 | Oct 31st, 2018

Playing for Team Human today: Jason Schmitt. Jason looks at the big business of for-profit academic publishing in his new documentary Paywall:The Business of Scholarship. Should the the world's research be locked behind closed doors? Jason makes the ...Show More

Ep. 108 Jessica Blank "A Walk In Their Shoes"

1:06:57 | Oct 24th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is playwright, actor, director, writer and teacher Jessica Blank. Jessica shares her insights into the process of building empathy through story. Through works such as her documentary plays the Exonerated and Aftermath, J...Show More

Ep. 107 Fred Turner "Beyond the Master Plan"

1:17:35 | Oct 17th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is Fred Turner, professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Stanford University. Fred will be helping us recover the countercultural roots of digital media, while also imploring us to look toward the mundane...Show More

Ep. 106 Nora Bateson "Warm Data"

1:09:29 | Oct 10th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is systems thinker, writer, and filmmaker Nora Bateson. Nora will be telling us how to stop looking at things as objects and begin seeing the spaces and connections between them. It’s not too late to bring our species bac...Show More

Ep. 105 Philip McKenzie and Michael Wood-Lewis "There Goes the Neighborhood"

1:43:51 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Playing for Team Human today a double header of people trying to effect real cultural change in very different ways. Up first is cultural anthropologist, host of the 2 Dope Boys podcast, and consultant Philip McKenzie. Philip makes the case for injec...Show More

Ep. 104 Nathan Schneider "A Place Where It's Easier To Be Good"

1:12:25 | Sep 26th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is platform cooperative activist, journalist, and author of Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy, Nathan Schneider.With contemporary examples and historical context, Nathan makes...Show More

Ep. 103 Sarah Esther Lageson PhD "Giving Each Other Some Slack"

58:47 | Sep 19th, 2018

What happens when our past becomes indelibly fixed in the online databases that shape our digital identities? Is there ever escape from the internet’s permanent memory for our blemishes and increasingly public misfortunes? Sarah Lageson studies the s...Show More

Ep. 102 danah boyd "Seeing New Worlds"

1:29:24 | Sep 12th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today, technology and social media scholar, founder of Data & Society Research Institute, and author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, danah boyd.On today's episode, Douglas and danah talk about stepping...Show More

Ep. 101 Alissa Quart "It's Not Your Fault"

1:00:27 | Sep 5th, 2018

One of the lies many of us have bought over the years is the American Dream. It seemed to work - at least back in the day of the GI bill and guaranteed mortgages. You work hard, go to college, and things will work out. You’ll be okay. And now, a lot ...Show More

Ep. 100 Molly Crabapple and Jace Clayton (DJ Rupture) Live at Civic Hall

1:51:42 | Aug 29th, 2018

Team Human celebrates its 100th episode with this special “double feature,” recorded live before an audience at Civic Hall in Manhattan. Joining Douglas on the stage is writer, artist, and journalist Molly Crabapple. With just “compressed ash and woo...Show More

Ep. 99 Eliott Edge: Finding the Other "Others"

1:05:59 | Aug 22nd, 2018

How might altered states of consciousness deepen our empathy, imagination, and lead us find the other others? Writer, thinker, and explorer of consciousness, Eliott Edge looks at the ways in which virtual reality and psychedelics can create new frame...Show More

Ep. 98 Chris Dancy "I Put Myself In Airplane Mode"

1:09:23 | Aug 15th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today, “The Most Connected Man on Earth," author of Don’t Unplug: How Technology Saved My Life and Can Save Yours, Chris Dancy.Dancy has “pushed through” personal surveillance technology and has come back to teach us the lesson...Show More

Ep. 97 Parker Posey "It's the Screens That Got Small."

58:02 | Aug 8th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today, actress, movie star, visionary of the human-centered future, and — perhaps most importantly - Gracie the Wonderdog’s human partner, Parker Posey.Parker will be sharing what it’s like to play a supposedly evil character l...Show More

Ep. 96 Bo Burnham "The Movie of Your Own Life Does Not Suck"

1:09:20 | Aug 1st, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is YouTube phenomenon, Netflix comedian, and writer and director of the movie Eighth Grade, Bo Burnham. Bo and Douglas consider the other, positive side of social media — how it still gives young people a way to test and ...Show More

Ep. 95 Team Human w/ Virtual Futures Live in London Part 2: Rupert Sheldrake

1:14:40 | Jul 25th, 2018

In July 2018, Team Human partnered with Virtual Futures for an evening of connection and conversation at JuJu’s Bar and Stage in London. Joining Douglas on stage, science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Pat Cadigan followed by biologist, author, ...Show More

Ep. 94 Team Human w/ Virtual Futures Live in London Part 1: Pat Cadigan

1:00:36 | Jul 18th, 2018

On July 9th 2018 Team Human partnered with Virtual Futures for an evening of connection and conversation at JuJu's Bar and Stage in London. Joining Douglas on stage, science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Pat Cadigan followed by biologist, autho...Show More

Ep. 93 Palak Shah "Who's Gonna Care?"

1:03:45 | Jul 11th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is Palak Shah, Social Innovations Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). Palak will be enlightening us about America’s hidden labor force, the value they create, and how we can support her efforts to g...Show More

Ep. 92 Live at the Alchemist's Kitchen: Dr. Mark Filippi "Moon Over Matter"

1:08:05 | Jun 27th, 2018

Note: For the full, uninterrupted conversation plus audience Q&A, please consider becoming a patron and subscriber at where the entire 90 minute conversation is available now.Recorded live on June 21st at the Alchemist's Kitchen...Show More

Ep. 91 Adah Parris "The Art of Conversation"

49:25 | Jun 20th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today Adah Parris. Adah is here to help reorient us to ourselves and steer us to a better, more human future. Adah wears many hats. She is a tech Futurist, a transformation coach, storyteller, public speaker, consultant, and ar...Show More

Ep. 90 Moira Weigel and Ben Tarnoff “Humane Tech or Capitalism Rebranded?”

1:06:18 | Jun 13th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today, recorded live on the floor at the Personal Democracy Forum 2018, are Moira Weigel and Ben Tarnoff. Moira and Ben will be showing us how the tech industry’s promise to build less harmful products and programs is just capi...Show More

Ep. 89 George Monbiot "Beyond Salvation and Disaster"

1:07:46 | Jun 6th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is activist, Guardian columnist, and author of Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis, George Monbiot.Monbiot and Rushkoff discuss the abysmal failure of neoliberalism, a narrative that figures humans as...Show More

Ep. 88 Eli Pariser "The Ground Under Our Feet"

1:09:13 | May 30th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble, former director of and current chief executive of uses media to make what’s important popular, rather than the other way around. is a s...Show More

Ep. 87 Jason Louv "A World of Gods and Monsters"

1:03:42 | May 23rd, 2018

Playing for team human today is author, occult scholar, and wizard Jason Louv. Jason will be helping us see how the intentions we bring into the world of artificial intelligence could set something in motion from which it is hard to return. Jason’s l...Show More

Ep. 86 Juho Makkonen "Breaking the Unicorn Myth"

1:02:06 | May 16th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is Juho Makkonen, co-founder of Sharetribe.Juho is working on a vision of the “sharing economy” where people share value with one another instead of seeing it get syphoned off by companies like Uber and Airbnb. His compan...Show More

Ep. 85 Molly Sauter "Stupid Smart Cities"

1:07:14 | May 9th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is technology and society researcher Molly Sauter. Molly will be helping us see how stupid some “smart city” visions really are. Molly and Douglas discuss the extractive, “mining ethos” of the tech investment swarm, and h...Show More

Ep. 84 Charles Hugh Smith "Investing in Community"

1:02:22 | May 2nd, 2018

Playing for Team Human today, the economy’s equivalent of an outsider artist, Of Two Minds blogger and author of Money and Work Unchained, Charles Hugh Smith.Charles will be talking to us about the market, Universal Basic Income, and distributed pros...Show More

Ep. 83 Molly Wright Steenson "Play in the Uncanny Valley"

1:07:47 | Apr 25th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is designer, technology historian, and author of the new book Architectural Intelligence, Professor Molly Wright Steenson. Molly and Douglas share a wide-ranging conversation that begins by looking at the “weirdness” of A...Show More

Ep. 82 Brian Keating "Honey, I Shrunk the Cosmos"

1:02:55 | Apr 18th, 2018

“Everyone wants to be a cowboy, but no one wants to ride the range.” A dream of unraveling the mystery of the birth of universe led astrophysicist and author Brian Keating to "saddle up" and head to a frozen ocean of snow at the bottom of the world. ...Show More

Ep. 81 Jeremy Lent "The Patterning Instinct"

1:02:53 | Apr 11th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is Jeremy Lent, author of The Patterning Instinct. Lent’s expansive research looks at the variety of ways cultures throughout history have patterned meaning into the cosmos. In excavating these patterns, Lent shares how h...Show More

Ep. 80 Kenric McDowell "The Right Kind of AI"

1:07:30 | Apr 4th, 2018

What can artists, musicians, magical thinkers and "weirdos" bring to machine learning and neural networks? What do we need to make the right kind of AI? Exploring these questions and more is Kenric McDowell, leader of Google’s Artists and Machine Int...Show More

Ep. 79 Suzanne Slomin "Feeding A Living Culture"

1:13:10 | Mar 28th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is Suzanne Slomin, founder of Green Rabbit a small solar powered bakery located in the Mad River Valley of Vermont specializing in naturally leavened breads. Suzanne will share with us what it’s like being a “Real Person ...Show More

Ep. 78 Live at Gray Area Night Two Pt. 2: Erik Davis and Josette Melchor

1:15:13 | Mar 21st, 2018

Today on Team Human we conclude our series of live shows recorded at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in the historic Mission district of San Francisco. Picking up where we left off last week and joining Douglas on stage are teammates Erik Davis and...Show More

Ep. 77 Live at Gray Area Night Two Pt. 1: Lauren McCarthy

43:49 | Mar 14th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is interactive artist Lauren McCarthy. Lauren’s thought provoking work brings a unique and creative perspective on social interaction and the intersection of humans and technology.In this episode, Lauren’s app Crowdpilot ...Show More

Ep. 76 Live From Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Pt.2: Howard Rheingold

1:09:45 | Mar 7th, 2018

This week we continue with part two of our special live recording of Team Human at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts in San Fransisco. Joining Douglas on stage is cyberculture pioneer, educator, artist, author, visionary, and shoe painter, Howard Rhe...Show More

Ep. 75 Live From San Francisco at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts Pt.1: Annalee Newitz

56:07 | Feb 28th, 2018

This week's Team Human comes to you recorded live at the historic Grand Theater in San Francisco's Mission District, home to Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. We'll be sharing four installments of this live event, kicking it off with a conversation ...Show More

Ep. 74 Damien Williams "We Built It From Us"

56:31 | Feb 21st, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is interdisciplinary thinker and technology philosopher Damien Williams. In this episode, Williams and Rushkoff look at the embedded biases of technology and the values programed into our mediated lives. How has a concept...Show More

Ep. 73 Eleanor Saitta "Is It Safe?"

1:06:02 | Feb 14th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today, cyber security expert Eleanor Saitta. Eleanor shares her deep knowledge on building secure and robust digital ecosystems. As Eleanor and Douglas converse on issues of privacy, encryption, and surveillance, a set of thoug...Show More

Ep. 72 David Pescovitz "Music for Aliens"

51:25 | Feb 7th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is journalist, Boing Boing editor, Institute for the Future research director and recent Grammy Award Winning record producer David Pescovitz. Douglas spoke to David just days before he won the Grammy, with collaborators ...Show More

Ep. 71 Merrelyn Emery "Having a Role in Your World"

51:41 | Jan 31st, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is world renowned social scientist and systems thinker, Merrelyn Emery. Emery, with her partner the late Fred Emery, advanced Open Systems Theory and applied it to management of organizations and government. Open Systems ...Show More

Ep. 70 Danielle Butin "It Starts With Listening"

59:09 | Jan 24th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is Danielle Butin, founder of the Afya Foundation. Afya collects and sends surplus medical supplies from the US to those who need them around the world. In today’s conversation with Douglas, Danielle shares not only stori...Show More

Ep. 69 Ghislaine Boddington "Full Immersion"

1:11:36 | Jan 17th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is immersion experience artist and pioneer, Ghislaine Boddington. Ghislaine joins Douglas for a conversation about the nature of immersive technologies and how we might bring our bodies with us into the digital realm. Rat...Show More

Ep. 68 Stacco Troncoso "The Commons Is The Glue"

54:45 | Jan 10th, 2018

Playing for Team Human today is Stacco Troncoso of the P2P Foundation. Stacco brings with him deep knowledge and enthusiasm for the power of the commons. Stacco and the Commons Transition team put their faith in people, believing in the potential of ...Show More

Ep. 67 Genesis Breyer P-Orridge "Weaponized Pleasure"

1:41:02 | Dec 20th, 2017

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been one of my dearest and most human friends for the past few decades. Gen’s a musician, icon, cut-and-paste artist, occultist, and pandrogyne with whom I’ve worked and played in many ways over the years. Gen founded The...Show More

Ep. 66 Mitch Horowitz "Radical Optimism"

41:05 | Dec 13th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today, occult scholar and author Mitch Horowitz. Mitch, the author of Occult America (Bantam); One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life (Crown); and Mind As Builder: The Positive-Mind Metaphysics of Edgar Cay...Show More

Ep. 65 Erin Barnes "In Our Backyards"

39:56 | Dec 6th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Erin Barnes co-founder of ioby. Ioby (in our backyards) is a “crowd-resourcing” platform for citizen-led, neighborhood-focused projects. Rather than just raise money, ioby mobilizes civic engagement by putting resource...Show More

Ep. 64 Nikki Silvestri "More Than Mere Dirt"

48:52 | Nov 29th, 2017

What can we learn from a mere handful of dirt? For Nikki Silvestri, soil is both a metaphor and the literal “fertile” ground through which complexity and diversity thrive. Having worked on issues of food systems, sustainability, and public health, Si...Show More

Ep. 63 Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen "The Thrill of Democracy"

1:03:46 | Nov 15th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today are Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen from the Small Planet Institute. Lappé and Eichen are out on the road with a mission to reinvigorate “civic courage” and inclusive participation in democracy. Their latest book Dari...Show More

Ep. 62 Hugh Gallagher "An Outsider's Approach"

49:36 | Nov 8th, 2017

Today on Team Human, we share a conversation with author, musician, humorist, and culture hacker Hugh Gallagher. Gallagher began his professional writing career thanks in part to a college entrance essay that went viral in the 90s, earning the distin...Show More

Ep. 61 Tim O'Reilly "Solving for Economic Inequality?"

45:01 | Nov 1st, 2017

Net impresario Tim O’Reilly now recognizes how the short-term focus of digital business is draining the real economy. Its algorithms have been programmed to extract value from us all. For O’Reilly, however, the solution is not to eliminate algorithms...Show More

Ep. 60 Neal Gorenflo "Sharing Cities"

48:41 | Oct 25th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Neal Gorenflo from Neal joins Douglas to spread the word about Shareable’s latest resource, Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons. Sharing Cities is an inspiring collection of 137 case studies and...Show More

Ep. 59 Andy Fisher "Big Hunger"

38:06 | Oct 18th, 2017

A high school basketball team organizes a canned food drive. A church volunteer group restocks the local pantry with donations from Walmart. Both examples are seemingly positive portrayals of American civic engagement… So what’s wrong with this pictu...Show More

Ep. 58 Amber Case "Calming Technology"

54:03 | Oct 11th, 2017

What is a robot? Are robots our friends? Does the term “friend” even apply? So begins this week’s episode of Team Human with cyborg anthropologist Amber Case. Amber and Douglas look at how algorithmically programmed systems of automation and control ...Show More

Ep. 57 Richard Heinberg "There's No App For That"

51:30 | Oct 4th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Post Carbon Institute fellow Richard Heinberg. Richard is the co-author of Our Renewable Future and most recently, the manifesto, There’s No App For That. On today’s show Richard and Douglas challenge the idea that tec...Show More

Ep. 56 Professor Steve Fuller "You Shall Be As Gods: Transhumanism, Posthumanism, and everything human in between."

1:03:08 | Sep 27th, 2017

On today's episode of Team Human, Douglas is joined by Professor Steve Fuller. Fuller teaches Sociology at the University of Warwick. In his recent book, Humanity 2.0, Fuller embraces a future vision in which technological and medical advancement wil...Show More

Ep. 55 Jon Lebkowsky "Folding the Fringes"

55:49 | Sep 20th, 2017

For this week's Team Human, Douglas is out on the road in Austin, Texas where he caught up with longtime friend and cyberculture pioneer, Jon Lebkowsky. Jon and Douglas first look back on the promise of the early cyber revolution, and then look forwa...Show More

Ep. 54 Manoush Zomorodi "Blissfully Bored"

49:21 | Sep 13th, 2017

When was the last time you found yourself truly bored? Have you forfeit those nooks and crannies in the day when you used to let your mind wander aimlessly in a daydream?On today's episode of Team Human, Douglas is joined by Manoush Zomorodi, host of...Show More

Ep. 53 IBM Watson "If I Only Had A Brain"

43:43 | Sep 6th, 2017

This week is a special episode of Team Human. We are sharing an excerpt of a panel discussion recorded on location at IBM Watson in New York from August 2015, hosted by Douglas Rushkoff and produced by our friends at Virtual Futures in London. Dougla...Show More

Ep. 52 William Softky and Criscillia Benford "Recalibrating For Trust"

50:57 | Aug 30th, 2017

Consider a text message in which you are deciding where to meet for dinner with a friend. As you go back and forth in that stream of abbreviated communication, you suggest, “Let’s eat Italian,” to which your friend responds “Fine.” The one-word text ...Show More

Ep. 51 Make It So: Civic Hall Labs

51:28 | Aug 23rd, 2017

Elizabeth Stewart, founding executive director of Civic Hall Labs, empowers technologists who put people first, amplifying the “civic” of civic tech. On today’s show, Stewart joins Douglas Rushkoff for a conversation about technology innovations whos...Show More

Ep. 50 Alexandra Juhasz "The Tiny Magic of CyberFeminism"

50:13 | Aug 16th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Alexandra Juhasz. Juhasz brings her extensive and diverse work as a filmmaker, media critic, and feminist activist to the Team Human round table.On today's show, Douglas and Alexandra explore the dangers of a media lan...Show More

Ep. 49 Michael Frederickson "Awestruck"

1:09:56 | Aug 9th, 2017

Think back to the last time your eyes were opened wide, your mouth agape, and the hairs on the back of your neck stood on end as you took in a profound or inspiring sight… On today's episode of Team Human, Douglas is joined by Michael Frederickson, l...Show More

Ep. 48 Arthur Brock Reclaims Currency

58:01 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Playing for Team Human is systems thinker, currency designer, and social hacker Arthur Brock. Art joins Douglas to talk about how currency is less a thing you own and more a way of sharing. It’s a conversation that poses a crucial question of both mo...Show More

Ep. 47 Richard Barbrook "It's Capitalism, Mate"

58:06 | Jul 26th, 2017

With the birth of the internet and advance of digital networks, we’ve been promised everything from creative cooperation and digital democracy, to the end of work and a new abundance of leisure time. It’s a promise of a techno-utopia that persists to...Show More

Ep. 46 Walter Kirn Pt. 2 "Toward Human Ends or the End of Humans?"

51:08 | Jul 19th, 2017

This week on Team Human, the conclusion of Douglas's soul-searching conversation with friend and author Walter Kirn. Together, Kirn and Rushkoff explore how disingenuously promoted concepts such as “creative destruction” are used to replace human civ...Show More

Ep. 45 Walter Kirn Pt. 1 "Training Our Replacements"

49:11 | Jul 12th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today, author and social critic Walter Kirn. Walter and Douglas engage in a two-part conversation that questions the so-called “evolution” of technology. Just how much of our humanity are we willing to surrender to our devices?...Show More

Ep.44 Special Episode "Collective Power"

1:08:10 | Jul 5th, 2017

This week, a special holiday episode featuring conversations with Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey of the Debt Collective plus worker cooperative organizer Esteban Kelly.  We launched Team Human a little less than a year ago with little fanfare or promo...Show More

Ep. 43 Adam Brock "Better Than You Found It"

45:43 | Jun 28th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is permaculturalist Adam Brock, author of Change Here Now. Adam joins Douglas for a conversation about how humanity is integrally connected to natural ecosystems. “Nature is a textbook,” Adam explains, and so by paying cl...Show More

Ep. 42 Ramesh Srinivasan "Whose Global Village"

59:40 | Jun 21st, 2017

Playing for Team Human is Ramesh Srinivasan, professor and author of Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World. Today, information travels around the globe in an instant, and connection to far away people and places is merely a...Show More

Ep. 41 Richard D. Bartlett "There Is No Enemy Team"

49:25 | Jun 14th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today, master of human connection and consensus, Loomio co-founder Richard Bartlett.Bartett, hailing from New Zealand, stopped by Douglas's home studio while on a community organizing workshop tour of the US. Bartlett and Rushk...Show More

Ep. 40 Kevin McLeod "Reveling in the Unspoken"

45:17 | Jun 7th, 2017

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, forc...Show More

Ep. 39 Daniel Berninger "Fighting for a Human Agenda"

1:00:28 | May 31st, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Daniel Berninger. Berninger is a communications technologist who brings his unique, behind-the-scenes insight to a discussion about what distinguishes human-centered technological advancement from today’s all too preva...Show More

Ep. 38 J.T. Rogers "The Play is the Thing"

50:38 | May 24th, 2017

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...Show More

Ep. 37 William Hogeland "Defaulting to Colonialism"

54:52 | May 17th, 2017

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 indigeno...Show More

Ep. 36 Micah Sifry "What We Do Now! #PDF17"

1:07:56 | May 10th, 2017

Playing for Team Human is Micah Sifry. Next month Micah will host the 2017 Personal Democracy Forum. On today’s show, Micah and Douglas discuss how the stakes are higher than ever for bringing people into an active civic life and engagement with demo...Show More

Ep. 35 Tessa Lena "Fighting the Robots"

45:44 | May 3rd, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is musician Tessa Lena. Tessa's music explores the tension between technology and human agency. In her songs and in this interview, Tessa playfully challenges robotic conceptions of humanity. Tessa offers a compelling arg...Show More

Ep. 34 Pia Mancini "No Shame! Towards a Cooperative Economy"

37:06 | Apr 26th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Pia Mancini. Pia is a visionary democracy activist who co-founded the Net Party in Argentina and DemocracyOS. Today Pia joins Douglas to talk about her new project Open Collective. Open Collective is platform that help...Show More

Ep. 33 David Sax "The Revenge of Analog"

50:51 | Apr 19th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is author and Bloomberg Businessweek and New Yorker columnist David Sax. Sax’s latest book Revenge of the Analog, Real Things and Why They Matter explores the resurgence of the tactile, human-to-human, brick-and-mortar en...Show More

Ep. 32 Laszlo Karafiath PhD "Meme Wars"

35:38 | Apr 12th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today, memeticist and social change agent Laszlo Karafiath Ph.D.Laszlo, memetic engineer for Culture 2, shares his analysis of the weaponized media now paralyzing so much of our thought, and tells us what we have to do - collec...Show More

Ep. 31 R.U. Sirius "Counter What?"

49:55 | Apr 5th, 2017

A unique episode of Team Human, on today's show Douglas Rushkoff is joined by longtime friend and counterculture legend R.U. Sirius (aka Ken Goffman), founding editor of Mondo 2000. R.U. will help us evaluate the place of the counterculture in the di...Show More

Ep. 30 Bas van Abel "Fingerprints on the Touchscreen"

50:11 | Mar 29th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Bas van Abel. Bas is the founder of Fairphone, which began with the radical idea that technology should be built without exploiting human laborers and destroying the planet. Van Abel's experiment of building a "fair" p...Show More

Ep. 29 Caroline Jack "What Counts As Propaganda?"

48:56 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is media historian and theorist Caroline Jack. Caroline is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Data + Society Research Institute. In today's episode Caroline and Douglas explore how powerful people and institutions shape netwo...Show More

Ep. 28 Alex Rivera "Globalization From Below"

41:28 | Mar 15th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is digital media artist, activist, and filmmaker Alex Rivera. Known for his acclaimed 2008 feature film, Sleep Dealer, Rivera's work explores the contradictions of a free-flowing globalized economy and the simultaneous st...Show More

Ep. 27 Alnoor Ladha "Rewriting the Rules"

46:57 | Mar 8th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is activist trainer and executive director of, Alnoor Ladha.Ladha will help us understand the interplay between political organization, system thinking, storytelling, technology, and the decentralization of p...Show More

Ep. 26 Jason Van Anden "Mobile Justice"

46:46 | Mar 1st, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Jason Van Anden. Jason is an artist, inventor, and software developer who builds apps to promote social justice. In 2011, Van Anden invented I’m Getting Arrested, software that enabled Occupy Wall Street demonstrators ...Show More

Ep. 25 Danne Woo "Visualizing Reality"

25:59 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is data-visualization humanist Danne Woo. Woo is going to share with us how he uses data to provoke critical thinking, humor, and even human connection with his creative design. Woo is the creator of Data Visual  a user-f...Show More

Ep. 24 Brian Fitzgerald “The Power of Play”

51:32 | Feb 15th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Brian Fitzgerald, co-founder of Tinkergarten. Tinkergarten began as the passion project of Brian and his wife, Meghan, a long-time educator. As new parents, Brian and Meghan were looking for hands-on, outdoor learning ...Show More

Ep. 23 Silvia Zuur “Progress Through Collaboration”

50:25 | Feb 7th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is Silvia Zuur. In 2012, Zuur founded Chalkle to reignite adult education in New Zealand. Today, Zuur serves as a director at Enspiral, a social impact network that builds community driven solutions for a diverse set of i...Show More

Ep. 22 Zach Leary “It’s All Happening”

49:31 | Feb 1st, 2017

This week’s Team Human is part 2 of a fascinating conversation between longtime friends Zach Leary and Douglas Rushkoff. Check out part 1 over on Zach’s show, It’s All Happening. Rushkoff and Zach take a winding path through the “psychedelic substrat...Show More

Ep. 21 L.A. Kauffman “Direct Action”

38:30 | Jan 24th, 2017

Playing for Team Human today is L.A. Kauffman. Douglas met with Kauffman on the eve of the release of her new book, Direct Action, Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism, published by Verso press. Direct Action charts a history of renewal...Show More

Ep. 20 Jonathan Larsen “Fake Reality”

52:11 | Jan 17th, 2017

Playing for Team Human is Jonathan Larsen. Larsen is a journalist, comedy writer, and TV producer who has worked on the Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart, Up w/ Chris Hayes, and Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann. Larsen recently launched, a news d...Show More

Ep. 19 Brian Hughes “Distributed Solidarities and Extremism”

47:19 | Jan 10th, 2017

Playing for Team Human is Brian Hughes. Brian is a recent graduate of the Media Studies Graduate Program at CUNY Queens College, home to Team Human and the Laboratory for Digital Humanism. Hughes’s work explores media origins and portrayals of extrem...Show More

Ep. 18 Ari Wallach “Longpath Thinking”

47:27 | Dec 21st, 2016

Playing for Team Human Today is Ari Wallach. In a conversation that spans politics, technology, history, and even biology, Wallach and Rushkoff look at the threat of short-term thinking in times of crisis. This freewheeling discussion tackles deep as...Show More

Ep. 17 Viktor Zaunders “Permaculture”

38:44 | Dec 13th, 2016

Playing for Team Human today, all the way from Sweden, is local food facilitator Viktor Zaunders. Zaunders is working to organize sustainable, regenerative, and collaborative local food systems. In this episode, Zaunders and Douglas talk about permac...Show More

Ep. 16 Natalie Foster “Future of Work”

47:42 | Nov 29th, 2016

Playing for Team Human today is Natalie Foster. Foster brings a unique determination and optimism to questions surrounding the future of work. Her research as a fellow of the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative and as an affiliate at the Instit...Show More

Ep. 15 Julie Holland MD “Finding the Others”

31:17 | Nov 22nd, 2016

Playing for Team Human today is psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, and psychedelics researcher Dr. Julie Holland. Dr. Holland explains the role of psychedelics in helping people gain the new forms of information and awareness they need to become mor...Show More

Ep. 14 Post-Election Special: The Trump Opportunity

17:02 | Nov 15th, 2016

Rushkoff visits and conducts a thought experiment: what if we all apply to work in Trump’s administration? A post-election special episode.

Ep. 13 Kyra D. Gaunt Ph.D. “Full Spectrum Humanity”

35:20 | Nov 8th, 2016

Playing for Team Human is author, activist, ethnomusicologist and singer Kyra Gaunt Ph.D. Kyra’s research on the harassment of young women and people of color has recently focused on the YouTube phenomenon of twerking videos and trolling. In today’s ...Show More

Ep. 12 Mushon Zer-Aviv “Reambiguation”

34:57 | Nov 1st, 2016

Playing for Team Human is Mushon Zer-Aviv. Mushon shares his creative strategies for resistance against assimilation into the big data mindset. His playful, interactive designs turn the cult of data collection on its head, re-ambiguating humans and e...Show More

Ep. 11 Steve Lambert “Public Displays of Collaboration”

31:24 | Oct 25th, 2016

Playing for Team Human is art activist Steve Lambert. Steve reclaims public spaces with his work, igniting the radical imagination and critical thinking of his audience collaborators. With his recent piece, “Capitalism Works For Me!(True/False),” Lam...Show More

Ep. 10 Aaron Dignan “Hacking the Corporation”

34:28 | Oct 18th, 2016

Playing for Team Human is Aaron Dignan. Aaron is a strategist, author, and founder of the Ready, where he works on updating the “organizational operating systems” of business. Dignan has advised top executives at global brands including GE, Ford, and...Show More

Ep. 09 D.C. Vito “Media Literacy”

34:21 | Oct 11th, 2016

Playing for Team Human today is D.C. Vito, Executive Director of The LAMP (Learning About Multimedia Project). The LAMP brings hands-on media education into underserved communities, empowering students and teachers with the skills needed to comprehen...Show More

Ep. 08 Heather Dewey-Hagborg

25:55 | Oct 4th, 2016

Playing For Team Human today, the brilliant and terrifying artist and bio-hacker Heather Dewey- Hagborg. As a transdisciplinary artist, Heather explores the intersection of science, art and biopolitics. Heather recently made the headlines with a proj...Show More

Ep. 07 Marina Gorbis at PDF2016

30:19 | Sep 27th, 2016

Today’s Team Human was recorded live on the floor of the 2016 Personal Democracy Forum, where we caught up with Marina Gorbis, executive director to the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Marina joins Team Human to help us see how a utilitarian value s...Show More

Ep. 06 Kio Stark “Talk to Strangers”

34:49 | Sep 20th, 2016

Playing for Team Human today is Kio Stark. Kio’s new book When Strangers Meet explores the transformative power to be found in person-to-person interactions with strangers. Kio describes how even a brief interaction can foster empathy and open up the...Show More

Ep. 05 Andy Bichlbaum “Playful Resistance”

39:22 | Sep 13th, 2016

Playing for Team Human today: Andy Bichlbaum of the infamous Yes Men, the world’s most accomplished working culture hackers, responsible for devastating satirical attacks on Dow Chemical, Halliburton, Exxon, the US Chamber of Commerce, Dupont, and ot...Show More

Ep. 04 Micah White “Permanent Revolution”

46:09 | Sep 6th, 2016

Today on Team Human we’re looking at protest. While we may be willing to raise our voices, sign petitions, and even get arrested, are we willing and ready to take hold of power? Author, activist, and Occupy Wall Street co-creator Micah White gives a ...Show More

Ep. 03 Esteban Kelly “Solidarity”

48:08 | Aug 30th, 2016

Playing for Team Human is Esteban Kelly. Kelly is an exemplary leader in the movement for promoting solidarity and workplace democracy. While working with the Mariposa Food Co-op, Kelly founded the Food Justice and Anti Racism working group. He was a...Show More

Ep. 02 Richard Maxwell “Greening the Media”

30:47 | Aug 1st, 2016

Special Pre-Launch Episode: Recorded January 2016 Playing for Team Human today is Professor Richard Maxwell. Richard Maxwell is a political economist of media. His research begins at the intersection of politics and economics to analyze the global me...Show More

Ep. 01 Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey

40:35 | Jul 29th, 2016

Joining team human are debt resisters Astra Taylor and Thomas Gokey. Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, activist, and musician. Her films include the documentaries Zizek! and the Examined Life. Taylor’s recent book The People’s Platform: Taking Bac...Show More