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Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, The Center for Humane Technology

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In this podcast from the Center for Humane Technology, co-hosts Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin explore the incredible power that technology has over our lives — and how we can use it to catalyze a humane future. Join us every other Thursday as we confront challenges and explore solutions with a wide-range of thought leaders and change-makers — like Kate Raworth on renegade economics, Audrey Tang on digital democracy, Daniel Schmachtenberger on global coordination, and Yuval Noah Harari on the ...
 
Rethink Moments is the show that explores culturally significant ideas and events that changed how we think - and rethinks how these moments changed us. Join host Rachel Botsman on this journey into the hearts and minds of leaders, innovators, and creators - and listen as they rethink a profound moment from their careers. What went right, what went wrong, and what was learned?
 
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The game that social media sets us up to play is a game that rewards outrage. It's a game that we win by being better than other players at dunking on each other, straw-manning each other, and assuming the worst in each other. The game itself must be transformed. And, we can also decide to step out of the game, and do something different. On this w…
 
How can the power of doubt transform the way we live and lead? In this episode, Rachel invites us on a personal rethinking journey as she explores her own experiences with doubt. Rachel reveals what happened when she ventured into the space of doubt and explains the key differences between paralyzing doubt and productive doubt. To keep rethinking w…
 
How would you know if you were in a cult? If not a cult, then at least under undue influence? The truth is: we're all under some form of undue influence. The question is: to what degree and to what extent we’re aware of this influence — which is exacerbated by social media. In an era of likes, followers, and echo chambers, how can we become aware o…
 
How has the pandemic changed the way we measure success? In this episode of Rethink Moments, Rachel is joined by David Chang – acclaimed chef, Netflix host, bestselling author, and leader of a global restaurant business. David speaks candidly about how slowing down has changed him as a person and as a leader – and unpacks his approach to creating r…
 
If Elon Musk owns Twitter, what are the risks and what are the opportunities? In order for Twitter to support democracy — and Musk’s goal of becoming a multi-planetary civilization — we need a radical redesign that goes beyond free speech. Note: this conversation was recorded on April 21, 2022. That was 3 days prior to the official purchase announc…
 
What happens when one moment defines your career legacy? In this episode of Rethink Moments, Rachel is joined by former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, to unpack how society views female leaders. A decade on from her iconic ‘Misogyny Speech’, Gillard reflects on the impact of this huge moment – and how it influenced the way she is remem…
 
Civil war might be the most likely escalation pathway towards disaster for our country. On the flip side, learning how to avoid civil conflict — and more ambitiously, repair our civic fabric — might have the greatest leverage for addressing the challenges we face. Our guest Barbara F. Walter is ​​one of the world's leading experts on civil wars, po…
 
How can big losses lead to big learnings? This week’s Rethink Moment comes on November 9th 2016 as Donald Trump beats Hillary Clinton to be elected President of the United States. Rachel has a fascinating conversation with Genevieve Roth - director of campaign engagement for Secretary Clinton - as they rethink this momentous event through the lens …
 
How do you know when it’s time to do something disruptive? In this episode of Rethink Moments, Rachel pulls back the curtain on the critical iTunes agreement that completely transformed the way we listen to music. She’s joined by former music exec Paul Vidich - who brokered the boardroom deal with Steve Jobs - to uncover what was sacrificed and wha…
 
“The fundamental problem of humanity is that we have paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and God-like technology.” — E. O. Wilson. More than ever, we need the wisdom to match the power of our God-like technology. Yet, technology is both eroding our ability to make sense of the world, and increasing the complexity of the issues we face. The…
 
How does accepting who we are give us permission to show up in a different way? This week’s Rethink Moment begins with a book that became a movement - Quiet by Susan Cain. Rachel and Susan explore what happens when an introvert is thrown into the spotlight, and how to trust the process of a long creative journey. Susan also explains how and why her…
 
How do you get through a trust crisis? In this episode of Rethink Moments, Rachel is joined by Basecamp CEO Jason Fried one year on from his explosive memo that almost destroyed his business. In a rare public conversation about this highly controversial moment, Jason reveals what he still believes he got right, what he got horribly wrong, and what …
 
[This episode originally aired on July 23rd, 2020.] Imagine a world where every country has a digital minister and technologically-enabled legislative bodies. Votes are completely transparent and audio and video of all conversations between lawmakers and lobbyists are available to the public immediately. Conspiracy theories are acted upon within tw…
 
How does the truth influence great ideas? This week’s Rethink Moment is a marketing masterpiece from 1985: a game-changing Levi’s TV commercial known simply as Laundrette. Rachel is joined by Sir John Hegarty - the creative director behind Laundrette - to think differently about this seminal moment and uncover the power of the truth in storytelling…
 
Is decentralization inherently a good thing? These days, there's a lot of talk about decentralization. Decentralized social media platforms can allow us to own our own data. Decentralized cryptocurrencies can enable bank-free financial transactions. Decentralized 3D printing can allow us to fabricate anything we want. But if the world lives on Bitc…
 
What happens when an idea is transformed beyond your control? In this episode of Rethink Moments, Rachel goes on a journey with designer and entrepreneur Aza Raskin to understand how the unintended consequences of his lifetime wasting invention gave him a greater perspective of his existence. Find out more about Aza’s latest venture, the Earth Spec…
 
What happens when your intentions are seriously misunderstood? This week’s Rethink Moment is the TED Talk on power posing that became a viral sensation - and made Amy Cuddy a threat to the academic community. In this episode, Rachel and Amy explore how the world can turn against you, despite your best intentions. Amy is currently writing her second…
 
One of the oldest technologies we have is language. How do the words we use influence the way we think? The media can talk about immigrants scurrying across the border, versus immigrants crossing the border. Or we might hear about technology platforms censoring us, versus moderating content. If those word choices shift public opinion on immigration…
 
When did you last have a rethink moment? How did it make you feel? And what happened? Welcome to Rethink Moments with Rachel Botsman. In each episode, Rachel will take us on a journey to rethink a culturally significant idea or event through the lens of renowned innovators, creators, and leaders. People like inventor Aza Raskin, photographer Platon…
 
The meta-crisis is so vast: climate change, exponential technology, addiction, polarization, and more. How do we grasp it, let alone take steps to address it? One of the thinking tools we have at our disposal is science fiction. To the extent that we co-evolve with our stories, science fiction can prepare us for the impending future — and empower u…
 
Renowned quantum physicist Richard Feynman once wrote, "It is our capacity to doubt that will determine the future of civilization." In that spirit, this episode is a little different – because we're talking openly about our doubts, with you, our listeners. It's also different because it’s hosted by our Executive Producer Stephanie Lepp, with Trist…
 
Would you say that the US is in war-time or peace-time? How do you know? The truth is, the nature of warfare has changed so fundamentally, that we're currently in a war we don't even recognize. It's the war that Russia, China, and other hostile foreign actors are fighting against us — weaponizing social media to undermine our faith in each other, o…
 
Who do you think the Chinese government considers its biggest rival? The United States, right? Actually, the Chinese government considers its biggest rival to be its own technology companies. It's China's tech companies who threaten its capacity to build a competitive China. That's why the Chinese government is cracking down on social media — for e…
 
How do you make a film that impacts more than 100 million people in 190 countries in 30 languages? This week on Your Undivided Attention, we're going behind the curtain on The Social Dilemma — the Netflix documentary about the dark consequences of the social media business model, which featured the Center for Humane Technology. On the heels of the …
 
We are now in social media's Big Tobacco moment. And that’s largely thanks to the courage of one woman: Frances Haugen. Frances is a specialist in algorithmic product management. She worked at Google, Pinterest, and Yelp before joining Facebook — first as a Product Manager on Civic Misinformation, and then on the Counter-Espionage team. But what sh…
 
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