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Remake is a podcast about Design, Systems, and Society. And I'm Eran Dror, a product designer and researcher of eastern religions. In each episode I interview someone who’s trying to change our lives for the better in some meaningful way, whether through a new product, new venture, or new way of looking at the world, and I try to understand how they came to it, what makes them tick, and what we all can learn from them.

I truly believe Design is strategic, that it goes to the core, that it's at the root of what it means to be human. In this show we explore an expansive view of design, and cover Systems Thinking, Social Innovation, Secular spirituality, and the future.

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Remake is a podcast about Design, Systems, and Society. And I'm Eran Dror, a product designer and researcher of eastern religions. In each episode I interview someone who’s trying to change our lives for the better in some meaningful way, whether through a new product, new venture, or new way of looking at the world, and I try to understand how they came to it, what makes them tick, and what we all can learn from them.

I truly believe Design is strategic, that it goes to the core, that it's at the root of what it means to be human. In this show we explore an expansive view of design, and cover Systems Thinking, Social Innovation, Secular spirituality, and the future.

    074. Kevin Kelly: Living with Technology

    074. Kevin Kelly: Living with Technology

    TODAY'S GUEST
    One of the most tragic aspects of the accelerating pace of change, and rapid evolution of new technologies — is that we as humanity have lost our elders. We begin to see older generations as detached from the current world of innovation, and have to discount advice and experiences gained in an age that feels so different from our own.
    Whereas prior generations could count on a world pretty similar to that of their ancestors, when we look to the future, pretty much the only thing we’re sure of is that it’s not going to look like the past, or even the present.
    But we still yearn for some sage advice, at least I know I do. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if we did have someone who could help us navigate a time of tremendous, accelerating change?
    That’s why I was so excited to talk to Kevin Kelly.
    Kevin is perhaps the closest thing Silicon Valley has to such a sage. Someone who not only witnessed the tremendous rise of digital technology, but thought about it deeply as it was happening and developed models for thinking about it.
    In 1993, Kevin co-founded the groundbreaking Wired magazine, and served as its Executive Editor for its first seven years. In 1994, he wrote  Out of Control, the classic book on decentralized emergent systems. In 2010 he published What Technology Wants, a robust theory of technology and the complex, almost organic systems that drive it, and in 2017 he published The Inevitable, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller about the inevitable trends driving technology.
    His latest book Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I'd Known Earlier, is an offering of 450 useful aphorisms or principles for living he’s devised over his life amidst the changes.


     

    EPISODE SUMMARY
    In this conversation we talk about:

    How did DIY culture shape Kevin's worldview from a young age? What inspired Kevin to co-found Wired magazine? Why does Kevin claim technology has a will of its own? What is his take on AI advances of today? Why did he decide to write a book of pithy life advice? What is some of Kevin's most counterintuitive advice around decision making and change? How can we live fully before our time is up? My favorite piece of advice in the episode is about choosing a path of change. Without giving away the content, I’ll just say I’ve brought it up multiple times in conversation with friends about their dilemmas, and when considering my own life decisions.
     
    TIMESTAMP CHAPTERS
    These timestaps are AI-generated and could prove inaccurate. 
    (Please let us know if you find any issues here: podcast@remakelabs.com )
    Early Making and DIY Culture (00:08:17 - 00:10:16) The Origins of Wired Magazine (00:15:18 - 00:17:30) Technology's Inherent Tendencies (00:19:32 - 00:22:05) AI as Future Partners (00:25:11 - 00:27:02) Truth and AI (00:28:17 - 00:31:20) Advice for Living Wisdom (00:32:14 - 00:36:39) Giving and Getting (00:36:59 - 00:38:16) Learning vs "Can't Do" (00:38:57 - 00:39:42) Choosing Change (00:40:55 - 00:41:57) Embodying Your Full Potential (00:42:24 - 00:44:45)  
    EPISODE LINKS
    Kevin Kelly's Links:
    Website: https://kk.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevin2kelly Organizations: https://kk.org/cooltools/ Books, Articles, and Resources Mentioned:
    Wired Magazine: https://www.wired.com/ Out of Control by Kevin Kelly: https://kk.org/books/out-of-control/ What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly: https://kk.org/books/what-technology-wants/ The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly: https://kk.org/books/the-inevitable/ Excellent Advice for Living by Kevin Kelly: https://kk.org/books/excellent-advice-for-living/  












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    • 45 min
    Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie: Community, Ritual, and Creativity

    Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie: Community, Ritual, and Creativity

    TODAY'S GUEST
    Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is an Israeli-born, Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist. He's the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. and the founding spiritual leader of Lab/Shul in NYC, an artist-driven, everybody friendly, God-optional, pop-up experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings.
    Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, serves on the Leadership Council of the New York Jewish Agenda, the Advisory Council of the International School for Peace - a Refugee Support Project in Greece, a member of the Advisory Council for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and is a faculty member of the Reboot Network.
    Through all his endeavors, he brings a creative, inclusive, and vital energy to Jewish practice and Jewish life.  

     
    EPISODE SUMMARY
    In this conversation we talk about:
    How the Jewish concept of the set table served both as a happy early memory, and as an organizing principle for his later work. How Covid 19 made rituals and online communities more important than ever. His orthodox roots as the scion of an ancient and respected rabbinical dynasty, and his journey of self discovery through theater, drag, and art. His creation of storytelling, a way to bring to life the ancient ritual of the reading of the Torah, and the Maven Method he developed to spread the practice further. The emergence of Lab/Shul and the community around it. The power of spiritual design and a well-designed practice in transforming our lives and our communities for the better. We also discuss:
    How is religion used as a tool in the service of humanity? What happens if you bring scripture to the 21st century as a performance? Why is the tribal wisdom of small circles within a bigger circle so important? I've long believed that one of the most promising avenues to apply design skills and creativity to is in designing communities, social rituals, and spiritual practice that suits the modern world. And, as such, there's no one I can think of that exemplifies this better than Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie. I think this conversation, which is full of wisdom and fun, is a great introduction to exactly the type of spiritual design we need to see more of. So let's jump right in with Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie.

     
    TIMESTAMP CHAPTERS
    [3:52] Life During Covid
    [10:17] The Wisdom of the Set Table
    [22:31] The Birth of Storahtelling
    [29:55] A Paradigm Shift from Patriarchy
    [38:25] Rebirth of the Translator
    [54:34] The Design of Lab/Shul
    [1:00:19] Design Thinking and Virtual Practice
    [1:11:54] Individualism vs Collectivism
    [1:19:36] The Significance of the Tree
     
    EPISODE LINKS
    Amichai's Links
    🌍 Lab/Shul 🌍 Storahtelling, Inc. 🌍 American Jewish World Service 🌍 Jewish Emergent Network 🌍 New York Jewish Agenda 🌍 International School of Peace 🌍 Institute for Jewish Spirituality 🌍 Amichai Lau-Lavie Official Website 💼 LinkedIn: LinkedIn Profile 📣 Twitter: @AmichaiLauLavie 📺 YouTube Channel Other Links    
    📺 Bo Burnham: Inside 🌍 929 🌍 Design Thinking - Stanford d.school 📕 The School of Life: An Emotional Education by Alain de Botton 📕 Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton 📕 The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker  












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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Jerry Colonna: Why Better Humans Make Better Leaders

    Jerry Colonna: Why Better Humans Make Better Leaders

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    Jerry Colonna is the CEO and co-founder of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm whose coaches and facilitators are committed to the notion that better humans make better leaders.
     
    For nearly 20 years, he has used the knowledge gained as an investor, an executive, and a board member for more than 100 organizations to help entrepreneurs and others to lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity. He’s been called the CEO Whisperer and the Coach with the Spider Tattoo, and has taken refuge in the Buddhist dharma tradition.
     
    Previous to his career as a coach, he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. And before that, had launched Flatiron Partners with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early-stage investment programs in the New York City area.
     
    Today, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.
     

    EPISODE SUMMARY
     
    In this conversation we talk about:
    COVID, and how it exposed the interdependence, but also the inequality of American society. Leadership in the context of the Ukraine war, and how when leaders don't address their vulnerable and wounded parts, that expresses itself in violence. We discuss that in the context of malignant narcissism with Putin, and also with Trump. His childhood, and how he became keenly aware of how people around him are feeling. His career in venture, and how he veered from that into coaching. My therapy session, where he points his radical inquiry, his coach mind, at me. My tendency to hide, to not want to be very active on social media, at least not publicly on Twitter. My fear of being judged, and my fears of not being seen or appreciated. What it means to bring your whole self to every challenge in your life, at work, and at any other moment. How everything is an opportunity for self growth, and to practice that. His reboot system and method, and his book. How everybody in life is basically looking for love, safety, and belonging.  
    We had this conversation in mid-March 2022, and that was two years into the worldwide outbreak of COVID, and a couple of weeks into Russia's invasion of Ukraine. I was excited and nervous to talk to Jerry, who's famous for making podcasters cry. We also had a brief chat months before preparing for this interview and I already had a taste of his radical inquiry approach to coaching.
     
    So as expected, this did not end up being a regular interview. While we got to explore his history and his ideas and his childhood a little bit, Jerry turned his radical inquiry on me as expected. And you'll get to hear a pretty detailed coaching/therapy session on this podcast and dive deeper into my fears and insecurities along the way. I have to say, I found it deeply therapeutic, both at the time, and now weeks later when I relisten. This was a very different, very meaningful process for me, and I hope that you'll find it beneficial as well. It definitely affected the way that I approach putting myself out there and allow myself to be more visible on social media.
     
    Shortly after this interview was recorded, I definitely did start being more vocal and an amazing thing happened. As I started being more vocal on Twitter and other platforms, we got more and more downloads for this podcast and the podcast started growing very, very rapidly. And so I owe a big thank you to Jerry for challenging my assumptions and helping me pinpoint these insecurities. Jerry assured me that this is helpful to other people to hear. So I really hope that will prove true, and that you'll find this episode really helpful to you in your journey as well.
     
    This conversation with Jerry is one of a dozen or so weekly conversations we already have lined up for you with thinkers, designers, makers, authors, philosophers, entrepreneurs, and investors who are working to change our world for the better. So follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app, or he

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Kathy Davies: Design Your Life to Get Unstuck

    Kathy Davies: Design Your Life to Get Unstuck

    TODAY’S GUEST
     
    Kathy Davies wears many hats - she’s a Design Lecturer at Stanford University. She's the Managing Director of the Stanford Life Design lab, where she and her team have trained 150 universities globally to use the life design processes on their campuses to help students design, prototype, and test the right career paths for them.
     
    She is also a Cofounder and CEO at DYL Consulting where she uses design thinking and life design principles to build a better world. 
     
    EPISODE SUMMARY
     
    In this episode we discuss:
    [02:56] Challenges during the pandemic, transitioning into virtual classes and workshops.
    [18:34] Kathy's early desires to connect, and to combine science with art in her work.
    [29:23] Kathy's engineering experience.
    [33:14] Getting into Design Thinking at Stanford.
    [48:59] The journey into Life Design.
    [1:02:22] Why is it so hard for us to figure out what we want to do in life?
    [1:07:31] The Life Design process.
    [1:19:39] Life Design for women.
    [1:30:02] The future of Life Design, and its impact.  
    EPISODE LINKS
    Kathy Davies' Links 🌍 Stanford Life Design Lab 🌍 DYL Consulting  🌍 Stanford Product Design Program 📘 Designing Your Life Book 🌍 Designing Your Life for Women 🗓 Designing Your life for Women Event Page Other Things Discussed
    🌍 Seth Godin's Akimbo Workshops 📺 How to Make Hard Choices, TED Talk by Ruth Chang











     
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Vicki Tan: Intuition and Bias

    Vicki Tan: Intuition and Bias

    TODAY'S GUEST
     
    Vicki Tan is a Product Designer, a public speaker, a student of Behavioral Psychology, and a dog mom based in Brooklyn. She currently works at Spotify, and has previously worked at Headspace, Lyft, and Google. She cares deeply about the human aspects of design, and the insights that data cannot provide. In her spare time, she's working on an illustrated book on cognitive bias.
     
    We spoke in mid-July 2022, and I was excited to talk to Vicki because she's been at the center of designing some really delightful digital experiences in Headspace, Lyft, and Spotify, and has given interesting talks on the complex interactions of data, logic, and creativity.


     

    EPISODE SUMMARY
     
    In this conversation we talk about:
    How Vicki got into design by forging notes for school. Studying Behavioral Psychology, and using that lens in design. Her early work in psychological research. How she found her way into Google. The importance of cognitive ability in hiring practices. The unique culture at Headspace. The challenges of designing a meditation app. The role of intuition in design and our overreliance on data. What finding umami means to her. Her book in the works on cognitive bias. Self-coherence as a way to help our own cognitive bias. And dreams as a blueprint for reality.  
    One of my favorite things about being a product designer is meeting other product designers. There is something about the open-mindedness, mindfulness, optimism, and interdisciplinary interests that seem to be a recurring pattern and which make the best product designers a real delight to talk to. And Vicki is no different.
     
    This conversation is one of a dozen or so weekly conversations we already have lined up for you with top designers, thinkers, makers, authors, and activists who are working to change our world for the better. So please follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app, or head over to RemakePod.org to subscribe.
     
    And now, let's jump right in with Vicki Tan.

     
    TIMESTAMP CHAPTERS
     
    [4:18] Life in the Present
    [8:35] Childhood Rebellion
    [12:17] A Journey to Behavioral Psychology
    [15:15] A Career Path
    [19:02] Hiring Decision Factors
    [21:38] A Pivot to Designer
    [25:35] Lyft, Headspace, and Spotify
    [29:25] The Culture at Headspace
    [37:04] Designing With Intuition
    [40:23] Finding Umami
    [47:52] Gentle Chaos
    [56:47] Cognitive Bias
    [1:05:20] A Short Sermon
     
    EPISODE LINKS
    Vicki's Links 🌎 Vicki Tan Website ✍️ Vicki Tan – Medium 🌎 Google 🚗 Lyft 🧘 Headspace 🎧 Spotify 💼 LinkedIn: LinkedIn Profile 📣 Twitter: @vickiheart Other Links  Apple 💻 HP® 📷 Adobe Photoshop 💻 Microsoft ☕ Folgers® Coffee 🏰 Disneyland® 🌎 Adobe Illustrator 🌎 Keynote ❤️ Hinge 🎤 TED Talk - Matt Ridley: When Ideas Have Sex 📕 The Book of Hard Truths: 16 Facts of Life We Should Learn to Accept by Eran Dror 📕 Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp 🎥 TikTok 📷 Instagram 🎤 TED Talk - Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0  












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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Geci Karuri-Sebina: Our Urban Future

    Geci Karuri-Sebina: Our Urban Future

    TODAY'S GUEST
     
    Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is a futurist, urban planning thinker, and the author of Innovation Africa: Emerging Hubs of Excellence. She's a faculty member at Singularity University South Africa with a focus on urban futures, including smart cities, networks, urban planning, governance and development, and innovation systems. She's an associate of The South African Cities Network and had worked with The National Treasury, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa, and the University of California, Los Angeles Advanced Policy Institute.


     

    EPISODE SUMMARY
     
    In this conversation we talk about:
    The value and importance of speaking your truth, and how she learned that in childhood. Her journey from Kenya to the United States, and then to South Africa. Her experiments with architecture, physics, and computer science. Why urban planning was more appealing to her than architecture. The issues that architecture doesn't address. Her approach to foresight and future thinking. Smart cities, and what constitutes bad urban design. Her work with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe. And decolonizing our knowledge and ways of knowing.  
    I loved hearing about Geci's use of different foresight practices to imagine different futures and different possibilities for the future. But what really stayed with me is how dire the situation is — with urbanization outpacing our predictions and our ability to plan, and giving rise to shortages and unplanned solutions that may be less than ideal. We need every tool in our creative toolbox to make sure our cities grow to be a place of diversity, creativity, and opportunity, rather than their opposite.
     
    This episode is especially rich with resources and references, so I wanna encourage everyone listening to check the show notes. We are fairly meticulous at listing and providing links to every article, book, person, or resource mentioned in the episode.
     
    We have close to a dozen weekly episodes already lined up for you with thinkers, designers, makers, authors, and entrepreneurs who are working to change our world for the better. So follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app, or head over to RemakePod.org to subscribe.
     
    And now, let's jump right in with Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina.

     
    TIMESTAMP CHAPTERS
     
    [4:24] Life in the Present
    [7:05] Early Childhood Lessons
    [10:02] An Intercontinental Journey
    [13:58] A Sense of Dismissal
    [16:59] A World of Futures and Foresight
    [19:21] Creating a Culture of Futures Thinking
    [23:32] An Unpredictable Future
    [26:22] An Appreciative Practice
    [34:33] What Does Good Look Like?
    [37:18] Smart Cities and Design Thinking
    [41:44] Capacity to Decolonize
    [47:09] A Poetic Collaboration
    [50:50] A Short Sermon
     
    EPISODE LINKS
    Geci's Links
    🏫 Coe College 🏫 UCLA 🏫 SingularityU South Africa 💰 The National Treasury  🔬 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) 🌎 Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa 🌎 New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) 🌎 The Millennium Project 🌎 Southern Africa Node - The Millennium Project 🌎 The Global Millennium Prize Project 🌎 Capacity to Decolonise (C2D) 📘 Innovation Africa: Emerging Hubs of Excellence 🏙️ The South African Cities Network 💼 LinkedIn: LinkedIn Profile 📣 Twitter: @geci Other Links
    🌎 UNESCO 📕 Transforming the Future: Anticipation in the 21st Century by Riel Miller 🎧 Eddie Obeng Interview 📝 Regularising “informality”: turning the legitimate into legal? by Paul Jenkins 🏫 Stellenbosch University 🌎 Seeds of Good Anthropocenes 🎧 Bayo Akomolafe Interview 🎤 TED Talk - Alain de Botton  












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