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Caitlin Begg, founder of Authentic Social and sociological researcher, speaks with academics and practitioners across Europe about ways to explore a more human everyday. New episodes every Wednesday!

Progression to Analog seeks to provide a nuanced comprehension and understanding of the underlying structures shaping the broader aspects of technological modernity. The transformation of everyday life toward a more human daily existence filled with unmediated experiences begins with a PROGRESSION TO ANALOG.

Progression to Analog Caitlin Begg

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Caitlin Begg, founder of Authentic Social and sociological researcher, speaks with academics and practitioners across Europe about ways to explore a more human everyday. New episodes every Wednesday!

Progression to Analog seeks to provide a nuanced comprehension and understanding of the underlying structures shaping the broader aspects of technological modernity. The transformation of everyday life toward a more human daily existence filled with unmediated experiences begins with a PROGRESSION TO ANALOG.

    A People's History of Tech with Sara M. Watson

    A People's History of Tech with Sara M. Watson

    Radical futurist, tech critic, independent industry analyst, and interdisciplinary researcher Sara M. Watson and I discuss "A People's History of Technology" in this episode, which she co-founded and curates (with Emily Best). Recently featured at SXSW and Sundance, A People’s History of Tech is a collective storytelling project. Popular histories of technology often focus on lone inventors or technical innovations. A People's History of Tech wants to capture the full spectrum of the lived experience of technology.

    We also speak about Sara's prior research at Oxford Internet Institute re: data privacy and social impacts of technology.

    Additionally, I reference University of Cambridge Professor Caroline Bassett's "Anti-Computing".

    You can learn more and submit your story to A People's History of Tech here, and you can keep up with Sara via her LinkedIn and website.

    A People's History of Tech will also be at The Conference 2024 in Malmö, Sweden (27-28 August)!

    • 33 min
    A Sociotechnical Approach to AI, Sales, and Communication

    A Sociotechnical Approach to AI, Sales, and Communication

    One issue organizations are dealing with right now: how do we move AI from a buzzword to something that actually impacts our organization?

    Along these lines, in this episode I discuss the importance of a sociotechnical (think: joint optimization of people + technology) approach in workplace AI adoption as well as in sales and communication strategy.

    • 14 min
    People-Centric Sales with Dublin-based Global Sales Leader Gordon Tobin

    People-Centric Sales with Dublin-based Global Sales Leader Gordon Tobin

    Gordon Tobin and I speak about insights regarding the social and technical sides of sales, how to avoid 'spam culture', Gordon’s life philosophies, Irish culture and the ‘nation of storytellers’, the Dublin tech ecosystem and European tech ecosystem more broadly, tips to approach sales in this over-saturated digital age, ways to stay present in everyday life, and more. 

    Gordon is a Dublin-based global sales leader, having successfully run and managed sales teams across NAMER, EMEA, and APAC. He was employee number ten at LinkedIn, and was there for over eight years. He was a founding member of the first sales development team at LinkedIn, and after time as an account executive in Dublin, he relocated his life and bult out LinkedIn’s Perth office as their first employee there. He also helped to build out LInkedIn’s early in career talent programs, including the (now sunset) Business Leadership Program, where I started my career. 

    Gordon was at G2 for four and a half years... from starting at  G2 in San Francisco as VP of Commercial Sales, to moving to North Carolina, leading americas Mid-Market Sales and Customer Success, and finally wrapping up his time there in his hometown of Dublin as VP & General Manager of EMEA.



    Gordon just announced his "next play" (LinkedIn terminology for next career move at TestGorilla, an Amsterdam-based company that prides itself on identifying the best talent faster, easier, and bias-free. TestGorilla says that their "affordable tests replace subjective, incomplete, and often inflated resumes with objective, reliable, and fair results that measure aptitude, practical job skills, culture add, and motivation".

    • 42 min
    No Phones in the Bedroom?

    No Phones in the Bedroom?

    I discuss why you should stop checking your phone when you wake up, benefits to ditching your smartphone in the bedroom, sleep inertia and sleep drunkenness, how I decreased my screen time by 65%, and more.

    Some references from the episode:


    MindBodySpace podcast episode: Two Simple Steps To Ditch Your Phone From Your Morning Routine So That You Can Focus and Be Happier
    MindBodySpace podcast episode: How to Decrease Anxiety and Get Focused in a Hyper Texting Digital World with Caitlin Begg
    Waking up is the hardest thing I do all day: Sleep inertia and sleep drunkenness (2018 US study)
    Using Wake-Up Tasks for Morning Behavior Change: Development and Usability Study (2022 Korean study)
    Sleeping with the frenemy: How restricting ‘bedroom use’ of smartphones impacts happiness and wellbeing (2018 UK study).
    Beginning the workday yet already depleted? Consequences of late-night smartphone use and sleep (2014 US Study)
    Everyday Conversation: The Effect of Asynchronous Communication and Hypercommunication on Daily Interaction and Sociotechnical Systems

    • 16 min
    Guiding Human Decisions in the Age of AI with Oxford Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger - Co-Author of "Guardrails" with Urs Gasser

    Guiding Human Decisions in the Age of AI with Oxford Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger - Co-Author of "Guardrails" with Urs Gasser

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and I discuss his new book Guardrails: Guiding Human Decisions in the Age of AI (co-written with Urs Gasser, who I also had the pleasure of meeting at his book talk at NYU). In Guardrails, the authors suggest that in the age of AI, a focus on data is mistaken, or at least dangerously incomplete. Because AI's real promise isn't better access to insights; it is improved decisions. The more we realize humans' cognitive flaws and experience the power of data-driven machine learning, the more we are tempted to delegate decision agency to the machine.

    What we need to focus on is no longer network governance, nor data governance, it's decision governance. And for this focus, we are conceptually ill prepared. To jump-start the discussion, Guardrails puts forward four design principles for decision governance and suggest that the real innovation we need to make it happen is less technical than social.

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    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute / Oxford University. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. In addition to "Guardrails: Guiding Human Decisions in the Age of AI", Mayer-Schönberger has published nine books (including “Framers”, international bestseller "Big Data" and the awards-winning “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” with Princeton University Press) and is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the information economy.

    After successes in the International Physics Olympics and the Austrian Young Programmers Contest, Mayer-Schönberger studied in Salzburg, Harvard and at the London School of Economics. In 1986 he founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security and developed the Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person of the Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000. 

    He is a frequent public speaker, and sought expert for print and broadcast media worldwide. He and his work have been featured in (among others) New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Nature, Science, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, and WIRED. He is also on the boards of foundations, think tanks and organizations focused on studying the information economy, and advises governments, businesses and NGOs on new economy and information society issues. 



    More about Guardrails

    • 43 min
    Befriending Failure with Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson - Author of "Right Kind of Wrong", 2023 Financial Times and Schroders Business Book of the Year

    Befriending Failure with Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson - Author of "Right Kind of Wrong", 2023 Financial Times and Schroders Business Book of the Year

    2x #1 management thinker in the world (per Thinkers50) and Harvard Business School Professor Amy Edmondson and I speak about her new book Right Kind of Wrong, centered around the science of failing well. We uncover the secrets behind intelligent failures, social media's impact on our views of success, and how we can befriend failure (specifically referencing entrepreneurship, athletics, parenthood, and more).

    Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society. 

    Amy has been recognized by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers since 2011, and most recently was ranked #1 management thinker in the world in 2021 and 2023.  

    Amy’s latest book, Right Kind of Wrong, builds on her prior work on psychological safety and teaming to provide a framework for thinking about, discussing, and practicing the science of failing well. 

    The book is due to be translated into 24 additional languages, and in December 2023, was the first mainstream management book ever to win the Financial Times and Schroders Best Business Book of the Year award.

    More about Amy

    Right Kind of Wrong

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

TaylorJB1994 ,

Informative, well-researched, and engaging!

I always learn so much from Progression to Analog. The guests are incredibly impressive and Caity demonstrates her expertise in the field by selecting topics and guiding the conversations in ways that will always leave you well-informed and engaged. A must-listen!

Klownfish1994 ,

Engaging, lively, and much-needed

Engaging, lively, and filled with much-needed conversations (both macro and more tactical) around making life more human in our tech-crazy world !!

browneyedgirl1414 ,

Educational

I learn so much from this podcast !! Caitlin makes it easy to understand sociological concepts and connects them to real-world situations. I like how she frames Progression to Analog not only with tips for a more human everyday on a personal level, but also details macro structures that influence things.

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