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    Ep. 13: Gabriel Mathy

    Ep. 13: Gabriel Mathy

    How can our relationship with work foster democracy in our lives?

    The latest WPC Book #2 interview was with Gabriel Mathy, an economist and economic historian at American University in Washington DC. Gabriel and I discussed the problematic state of worker control over their work lives and the promise offered by co-ops. Gabriel helped highlight challenges with our current system in the context of the pandemic. I hope you enjoy listening and that it gives you some ideas to wrestle with.

    WPC Book #2: What do we do after the pandemic? is available now

    Gabriel Mathy is an economics professor at American University specializing in macroeconomics and economic history. He is a supporter of a worker-owned and worker-managed economy. Mathy received his Ph.D. and MA from the University of California, Davis, and his BA at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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    • 23 min
    Ep. 12: Jonathan Cohn

    Ep. 12: Jonathan Cohn

    How have these circumstances affected existing challenges?

    The latest WPC Book #2 interview was with Jonathan Cohn. Jonathan was my editing partner on this effort and the earlier WPC books, and he was kind enough to be the guinea pig for my first attempt at a podcast recording. Jonathan and I discussed some of Book #2’s chapters and themes, as well as the state of inequality in the pandemic. I hope you enjoy listening and that it gives you some ideas to wrestle with.

    WPC Book #2: What do we do after the pandemic? is available now.

    Jonathan Cohn is a Boston-based editor and progressive activist. He has been a volunteer and organizer for numerous electoral and issue advocacy campaigns, including on voting rights, fair taxation, immigrants' rights, public education, and more.

    Following Jonathan on Twitter will lead you to loads of interesting stuff and probably make you a better person.

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    • 33 min
    Ep. 11: Jamie Cooke

    Ep. 11: Jamie Cooke

    What might universal basic incomes have to offer?

    The latest contributor interview for WPC Book #2, What do we do after the pandemic?was with Jamie Cooke, the head of RSA Scotland. We talked about his chapter, Resetting our Foundation, in which he worked to help the reader understand the potential benefits of universal basic income programs.

    We also talked more broadly about social programs and their general deterioration over the decades, as well as ways to connect with people who don’t see the value in such programs. Jamie’s commentary was loaded with insights and hope for a better path forward. I hope you enjoy the listen.

    WPC Book #2: What do we do after the pandemic? is available now.

    Jamie Cooke is the Director of RSA Scotland, leading the organisation’s work across a broad range of topics and thematic areas. Areas of interest include resilient cities, the future of work, inclusive growth and civic participation, alongside international relationships between Scotland and the rest of the world (especially the US, Australia, New Zealand and France). Jamie is a leading advocate, writer and speaker on the subject of Basic Income, which has moved from being a fringe concept to live policy consideration in many countries, including Scotland.

    You can follow Jamie on Twitter.

    Next up is my interview with Jonathan Cohn, my editing partner for the Wicked Problems Collaborative. We had an interesting discussion about the book in general, as well as a bit about the current state of affairs. Stay tuned for that and please help us find our audience by sharing this post.

    If you enjoy this episode, please check out some of the other WPC Book #2 interviews.

    WPC Book #2: What do we do after the pandemic? is available now.

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wickedproblemscollaborative.substack.com

    • 32 min
    Ep. 10: Suzy Waldman

    Ep. 10: Suzy Waldman

    How can we use story for good?

    The latest contributor interview for WPC Book #2, What do we do after the pandemic? was with Suzy Waldman, a Canadian research analyst with PhDs in Communications Studies and English Literature. Suzy and I discussed her chapter, Engaging Narratives, in which she gives the reader food for thought around the potential for beneficial use of stories. After sharing an overview of her chapter and what she was trying to get at with it, we dove in deeper around the use of narrative — for good or ill — in our current context. Suzy shared loads of interesting insights, as well as some ideas around how we might use narrative to foster hope in a time when that’s become a precious commodity.

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to our conversation in editing, and hope you do as well. More importantly, I hope it challenges your thinking in some way. That’s the whole point of the WPC project, not to get you to agree, but to invite you to take in other perspectives and poke and prod at your own.

    I’ll be posting interviews with Jonathan Cohn, my editing partner for the Wicked Problems Collaborative, as well as Jamie Cooke, the head of RSA Scotland and a Book #2 contributor, over the next week or so. Stay tuned for those and please help us find our audience by sharing this post.

    If you enjoy this episode, please check out some of the other WPC Book #2 interviews.

    WPC Book #2: What do we do after the pandemic? is available now.

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wickedproblemscollaborative.substack.com

    • 28 min
    Ep. 9: Gawain Kripke: Can COVID spark a care revolution?

    Ep. 9: Gawain Kripke: Can COVID spark a care revolution?

    Valuing care as a societal pillar

    The latest contributor interview for WPC Book #2, What do we do after the pandemic?was with Gawain Kripke. Gawain and I discussed his chapter, Can COVID spark a care revolution? In that, he shares the growing challenges around care, which, as one source defines it, “means assuming personal responsibility for others' welfare,” as well as some hopeful possibilities in the current moment. There’s a lot to learn from Gawain here as he explains what care is and why it is so important to a functioning society. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed the conversation.

    WPC Book #2: What do we do after the pandemic? is available for pre-order.

    Gawain Kripke is an independent consultant advising international nonprofits and philanthropies on critical policy and advocacy strategies. He spent more than 25 years campaigning on international justice, economic inequality, and environmental protection for Oxfam America and Friends of the Earth. Recently, he has been working to apply feminist principles to advocacy campaigns and public policy.

    You can see more of Gawain’s background via his LinkedIn profile and he’s a great person to follow on Twitter.

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    The source adds that “To assume personal responsibility for others' welfare means to acknowledge others' needs and to act responsively.” Oliner, P. M., & Oliner, S. P. (1995). Toward a caring society: Ideas into action. Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group.

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    • 26 min
    Ep. 8: Russ Stoddard

    Ep. 8: Russ Stoddard

    How can purpose-led businesses make things better?

    The latest contributor interview for WPC Book #2, What do we do after the pandemic? was with Russ Stoddard. Russ and I discussed his chapter, The Stakeholder Virus and the Pandemic of Business for Good, in which he relates his view of a shifting business world. We also discussed a few projects he is working on, including unitco.io, which helps organizations like socially responsible small businesses, public benefit corporations, and certified B corps report on their impact, as well as another one, which teaches the basics of B Corps. Russ is a great advocate for an approach to business that doesn’t focus on profit maximization and instead aims to do good in the world. I highly recommend his book, Rise Up. It is a straightforward guide to help you think through developing a purpose orientation for a business. I’ve used it repeatedly in my teaching.

    WPC Book #2: What do we do after the pandemic? is available for pre-order.

    Russ Stoddard is the founder and president of Oliver Russell, a public benefit corporation that builds brands for purpose-driven companies whose products, services, or business models benefit society. Russ is a leader in the certified B Corporation community, a new classification of companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental issues.

    Follow Russ on Twitter.

    If you enjoy this episode, please check out some of the other WPC Book #2 interviews.

    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wickedproblemscollaborative.substack.com

    • 11 min

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