7 episodes

The Write of Passage Fellowship is designed to help a small group of intellectually curious minds to create world class essays on a topic of their choice.

With the rise of the internet and tools for mass communication, we’re witnessing a new generation of writers and content creators. It has helped me build my own audience, a process that I then systematized to create the Write of Passage course as we know it today.

The news doesn’t dive deep enough. The problems of the modern world are too complex for short articles with clickbait headlines. We plan to nudge the conversation in a more thoughtful direction. Each essay will analyze events with the context required to communicate nuance and help the reader understand them.

Each fellow receives mentorship, professional editing, and feedback from cohort participants.

Write of Passage Fellowship Podcast David Perell

    • Business

The Write of Passage Fellowship is designed to help a small group of intellectually curious minds to create world class essays on a topic of their choice.

With the rise of the internet and tools for mass communication, we’re witnessing a new generation of writers and content creators. It has helped me build my own audience, a process that I then systematized to create the Write of Passage course as we know it today.

The news doesn’t dive deep enough. The problems of the modern world are too complex for short articles with clickbait headlines. We plan to nudge the conversation in a more thoughtful direction. Each essay will analyze events with the context required to communicate nuance and help the reader understand them.

Each fellow receives mentorship, professional editing, and feedback from cohort participants.

    How to Engineer your Business into a Consumer's Only Choice

    How to Engineer your Business into a Consumer's Only Choice

    Adrienne is a Product Manager at Tesla building the in-car experience in your Model S/X/3. Before Tesla, she founded a biotech company focused on automating drug development with computer vision. The company was later acquired and she led product design at the parent company. Previously, she has worked at Google, Bridgewater, and Y-Combinator Research.

    • 33 min
    Rethinking human-AI interaction

    Rethinking human-AI interaction

    Jessy is a technologist and incoming PhD student at Berkeley. She studied computer science and philosophy at MIT, where she did research on human-inspired AI at the Computational Cognitive Science Lab and co-founded independent research group LabSix to work on real-world adversarial examples. Previously, she spent time at Google Research with the Natural Language Understanding team, organized HackMIT, and did product/engineering at startups.

    • 34 min
    We Need To Talk: Marriage Counseling with Capitalism Itself

    We Need To Talk: Marriage Counseling with Capitalism Itself

    Rhys Lindmark is helping build The Bento Society and the Center for Paradigm Change. Before that, he was the Head of Long-Term Societal Impact at MIT DCI. His podcast "Conversations with Rhys" has 150,000+ plays and he self-taxes 10% of his income.

    • 57 min
    Conjuring Scenius

    Conjuring Scenius

    After six years at Breather as the NYC GM and then VP, Experience, Packy is building Not Boring, a community of smart, curious people, and writing a newsletter about business strategy and trends mixed with pop culture.

    • 36 min
    Universal Basic Income and the Capitalist Production of Consciousness

    Universal Basic Income and the Capitalist Production of Consciousness

    This essay explores how universal basic income intervenes in the hyper-capitalist distortion of human development. Oshan is interested in how we might redesign economies to enrich their most neglected product: human consciousness. He writes essays and produces a podcast, both bringing contemplative philosophy into dialogue with economic theory. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Walt Disney - City Architect

    Walt Disney - City Architect

    We live in a world of unprecedented urbanization. Yet, cities are in a world of trouble. Who should we look to in order to tackle these problems? One surprising answer that I will explore in this essay- Walt Disney.

    Suthen is an avid learner - writing for his weekly newsletter where he shares lessons relating to personal growth, building companies and becoming financial independent. He also hosts a podcast, interviewing up-and-coming leaders across all fields.

    • 29 min

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