The Plutopia News Network features news and media from the bleeding edge of culture and technology, edited, published, and produced by Jon Lebkowsky, Scoop Sweeney, and Maggie Duval
Jean Russell: Thrivability
Plutopian discussion with visionary culture hacker Jean M. Russell, focusing on thrivability, healthcare, twisting language for political gains, social media, and much more.
Jean engages in a social ecosystem design, culture hacking, and facilitation as a visionary but also a pragmatist. She acted as project lead for the Holo ICO, which raised 30,000 ETH (valued at $22M at that time).
In 2016 with Herman Wagter, she published Cultivating Flows: How Ideas Become Thriving Organizations, which explored, through leading edge practitioners, what patterns enable healthy emergence. In 2013, Jean published Thrivability: Breaking Through to a World That Works, also with Triarchy Press. In 2010, Jean curated 65 inspiring people to create: Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch, which has been seen by over 50,000 viewers.
She has published articles on organizational design strategies, and her work on thrivability, innovation, philanthropy, and cultural shifts has been highlighted in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. As recognition for her work, Jean received an honorable mention on the Enrich List as one of the top 200 people enriching our path to a sustainable future. She is also listed as one of 100 Women Globally Co-creating a P2P Society.
* Jean Russell on Twitter
* Jon L.'s 2009 Worldchanging Interview with Jean
* Thrivability at P2P Foundation
Carol Flake Chapman: Maybe We Will All Become Butterflies
In this episode of the podcast, Scoop and Jon talk to author Carol Flake Chapman about politics, the religious right, Covid-19, grieving, and poetry.
Carol is a distinguished journalist and editor. She was a founding editor of Vanity Fair, horse racing correspondent for The New Yorker, rock critic for The Village Voice, and Texas stringer for US News and World Report. She was an editor and columnist for The Boston Globe. She's written for Harper's, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, Connoisseur, The Nation, Texas Monthly, and The New Republic. She covered subjects from religion, culture, and politics to travel and nature. Her pioneering book on evangelicalism and the rise of the religious right, titled Redemptorama: Culture, Politics and the New Evangelicalism, has become a classic, and her book about the city of New Orleans, titled New Orleans: Behind the Masks of America's Most Exotic City, has been cited by many as one of the best books ever written about the city.
Since the death of her husband, Gary Chapman, she wrote about her journey of grief and healing in her book Written in Water: A Memoir of Love, Death and Mystery. As her path of healing has progressed, she has returned to poetry, her first love.
Lately she's written poetry about the Covid-19 pandemic. Maybe We Will All Become Butterflies: Poems from the Pandemic takes on our Covid-19 ordeal with dark humor, telling details, compassion, anger and vision.
The Anti-Fragile Playbook
Ruth Glendinning and Kent Dahlgren discuss The Anti-Fragile Playbook and the power of soft capital. The Playbook outlines strategies for underserved people and communities to start an economic and social revival.
Ruth: What we've been talking about, and this is a big thing in Austin and everywhere, is affordability vs. ability to afford. Those on the surface might sound similar, but which one do you have control over? You don't have any impact on affordability, but you can have the tools to have the ability to afford.
Kent: One of the terrible things you learn working in a place like Xerox is that it takes three years to build a copier, not because it takes three years, but because you're spending that time finding gears that only last 18 months.... Because you know that people aren't going to pay a warranty longer than 18 months, it's not in your financial best interest to do so. But that's not exactly true. In fact, it's actually false.
Ruth Glendinning is the founder of FutureStory Lab, a platform identifying & activating sense making tools for the unfolding future. The core of her work is building ecosystems of relationships, connections and creative partnerships in projects that are mapped to real needs in the market, catalyzed by expanding technology and activated by personal relationships. As a natural product of the ecosystems built, she designs & implements platforms and systems to develop, produce & sustain local wealth. As part of her work, she has emerged the cultural strategy model which demonstrates the importance of creating a balance between community, culture and commerce for sustainable economy and trademarked the “SLOW Tech® Incubator” (Sustainable Local Organic Work + Technology) concept in which specific technology is added to no- or low-tech community-based human-scale businesses to better equip them to thrive.
Kent Dahlgren has pursued dual career tracks in both high technology and grassroots community advocacy.
A veteran of Xerox and several venerated information security companies, Kent has designed, managed and introduced various new technologies. In 2017 his technology team was awarded recognition from UNESCO for providing technology benefiting Syrian refugees. From a commitment to service to the community, Kent has participated in several landmark social experiments, including the Burnside Skatepark, now 30 years into a public/private community policing collaboration.
Kent served as Executive Director for Skaters for Public Skateparks, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting grassroots advocates, and served on the board of the Tony Hawk Foundation. As CEO of 214 Alpha, Kent provides technology and professional services helping keep money and affairs local so communities can reclaim their dignity on their terms.
Both it's better to be "anti-fragile" than merely resilient.
This conversation took place on March 18, 2021, on Plutopia Live.
Plutopia Team: The State of Social Media
Members of the Plutopia team discuss social media (including Clubhouse and Facebook), streaming entertainment, cancel culture, cartoons, gurus, and cults. What is social media for? What is it good for? If data is the new oil, where are our mineral rights? Including the history of the term and concept "social media" and how user attention and data became the product.
Christopher Rice and Donna Kidwell: The Future of Higher Education
"It's not just robust, it's not just resilient, but we will be stronger on the other side of adversity. So we went into the pandemic expecting to come out a more robust institution. If you went into the pandemic thinking you'd weather the storm, but that it was a storm, and it would pass - I had colleagues that thought this was like a long spring break ... well, this was a hell of a long spring break, if that's what you thought going in."
"If you were prepared, you were in great shape. But most universities just didn't have access to a robust technology stack for online learning. They didn't have access to a great ed tech or teaching and learning center team that could do this. Folks that did, let me just say, they were real heroes, working tirelessly around the clock to do what was an unthinkable lift only a day before they had started."
Christopher Rice is the Founder and Managing Partner of Refuturing, where he leads foresight, strategy and research activities. As a futurist, ethnographer, experience designer, educator and political theorist, his work over the last 20+ years has explored the intersections of society, technology, economics, the environment and politics.
Donna Kidwell is Chief Information Security & Digital Trust Officer at Arizona State University. She was formerly Chief Technology Officer for EdPlus, where she led a diverse IT portfolio and a team centered around digitally serving learners everywhere.
* Christopher Rice on Twitter
* Donna Kidwell on Twitter
Joseph Rowe: Postmodern Madness
Joseph Rowe is a musician, composer, writer, storyteller. He is also an author and translator, and a meditator and teacher. He performs sacred music and conducts workshop with Catherine Braslavsky. In this, his second visit to the Plutopia podcast, Joseph discusses Covid-19 and vaccines, postmodern madness, relativism and absolutism, moral perception, spirituality, beauty, the Tao, the overlooked evolution debate, and mysticism.