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    WPC Interview: Kati Sipp

    WPC Interview: Kati Sipp

    I’m doing a series of interviews with contributors to the second book by the Wicked Problems Collaborative, What do we do after the pandemic? I recently sat down with Kati Sipp to discuss her chapter, The Shape of Things to Come, in which she take a look into a future in which humanity learned valuable lessons from the pandemic and then headed down a more humane path from there. Kati and I also discussed her work in electoral politics and she shared the story of a coalition she recently worked with that took a broad approach to collectively make meaningful gains.

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

    Kati Sipp is the Principal of New Working Majority, a consulting firm that works with workers’ organizing groups, community organizations, and social enterprises committed to fighting for racial, economic, and gender justice. Prior to her work with NWM, she served as the Managing Director for the National Guestworkers Alliance. She founded the Pennsylvania affiliate of the Working Families Party, and spent nine years working for SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, serving as the statewide Political Director and Executive Vice President of the local.

    In 2013, Kati launched the blog Hack the Union, to investigate how technology is changing work, and how organizers are using technology to relate to workers in new ways.

    Kati is the proud mother of Alina and Isaac. She is on the boards of Make the Road States and the Disruption Project and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

    You can find Kati online at katisipp.com and follow her on Twitter.

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    WPC Interview: David Atkins

    WPC Interview: David Atkins

    I’m doing a series of interviews with contributors to the second book by the Wicked Problems Collaborative, What do we do after the pandemic? This morning I sat Down with David Atkins to discuss his chapter, Evict Monopoly, which looks at the escalating problem of economic concentration in the context of the pandemic. We then dug in on a few other interesting areas, including his recent article, What Happens When Republicans Simply Refuse to Certify Democratic Wins? which looked at the January attack on the Capitol as part of a growing concern, rather than an event that had been weathered. We hope you find it of interest.

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

    David Atkins is a writer, activist, and qualitative research professional living in Santa Barbara. He is an elected DNC member from California, a contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal, and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.

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    WPC Interview: Sam Bliss

    WPC Interview: Sam Bliss

    I’m doing a series of interviews with contributors to the second book by the Wicked Problems Collaborative; what do we do after the pandemic? I recently sat down with Sam Bliss to discuss his chapter, The Necessity of Non-Market Relationships. Sam and I also discussed degrowth ( a topic covered by Riccardo Mastini in our book). He then shared a story about his experience giving a talk to a group that looks at the world very differently than he does. (I think that last bit has some good lessons for us all.) The conversation was good fun. I hope you enjoy it and pick up something good to chew on.

    Thanks for listening.

    -Chris

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

    Sam Bliss grows, shares, and studies non-market food. He co-organizes Food Not Bombs Burlington and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Vermont. He is also one among many presidents of DegrowUS, and a member of the scholar-activist collective Research & Degrowth.

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    If you’re ready for more, check out the last WPC interview with Jacob Bacharach: On Reclaiming Public Space.

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    WPC Interview: Jacob Bacharach

    WPC Interview: Jacob Bacharach

    I’m doing a series of interviews with contributors to the second book by the Wicked Problems Collaborative, What do we do after the pandemic? For that, I recently sat down with Jacob Bacharach to discuss his chapter, Reclaiming Public Space, in which he takes us on a virtual tour of his city during the early stage of the pandemic.

    In that, Jacob sees his city anew and gives us the chance to do the same. Alongside the discussion of his chapter, we also talked about the recent conflict in Gaza, as well as reasons for hope in this challenging time. It was a wide-ranging discussion that was a joy to take part in. Here’s hoping it offers you some interesting insights or at least a few deep belly laughs. We certainly had our share recording it.

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

    Jacob is both a novelist and a regular contributor to a variety of progressive outlets. His latest book, The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates, is available here, and he has a long list of interesting articles available on his site. (You might start with Watching South Park at the End of the World.)

    Jacob Bacharach

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    • 22 min
    Episode 3 - Ian Welsh (Full Interview)

    Episode 3 - Ian Welsh (Full Interview)

    I sat down with Ian Welsh, a writer, editor, and blogger who focuses on politics and economics, shortly before the election. (You can find Ian’s writing at http://ianwelsh.net.) In our discussion, Ian dug into our current political circumstances and provided loads of food for thought. In doing so, he helped me see some things differently, especially the interests of wealth around our political systems.

    I had a tech issue during our discussion that necessitated far more editing than usual. Given that, and the timeliness of the material, I decided to release the podcast in segments first to get what I could out as quickly as possible. The pieces are all available below, so you can catch up on anything you missed if you’ve already listened to some of it. For my part, I listened to the finished product multiple times even after having to listen to it repeatedly to get through my editing mess. There’s a lot to take in.

    Check out my book, Pandemic Capitalism.

    The podcast’s backing track is Never Forget by Ketsa.

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    Ian Welsh - On algorithmic bias and radical governance (WPCS - Ep. 3 Part 6)

    Ian Welsh - On algorithmic bias and radical governance (WPCS - Ep. 3 Part 6)

    In the final segment of my interview with Ian Welsh (Ian blogs at ianwelsh.net), we discussed the challenge presented by algorithmic bias on platforms like Facebook and Google, before diving into our current political mess. In the latter portion, we discussed differences between radical left and right-wing approaches to governance and their palatability to wealth.

    My interview with Ian was fun and engaging, and there’s plenty to learn from it. I’ll post the full show next.

    Check out my book, Pandemic Capitalism.

    The podcast’s backing track is Never Forget by Ketsa.

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