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The Talks at Google podcast - where great minds meet.

Talks at Google brings the world’s most influential thinkers, creators, makers, and doers all to one place. Every episode is taken from a video that can be seen at YouTube.com/TalksAtGoogle.

DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions expressed by the guest speakers are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Google, Inc. The comments on this channel belong only to the person who posted them. We do, however, reserve the right to remove off-topic or inappropriate comments.

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The Talks at Google podcast - where great minds meet.

Talks at Google brings the world’s most influential thinkers, creators, makers, and doers all to one place. Every episode is taken from a video that can be seen at YouTube.com/TalksAtGoogle.

DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions expressed by the guest speakers are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Google, Inc. The comments on this channel belong only to the person who posted them. We do, however, reserve the right to remove off-topic or inappropriate comments.

Also, the materials presented in the episodes are licensed to Google by the speaker(s). Google does not endorse any products or technology presented by the guest speakers.

    Gogo Dineo Ndlanzi | The History of African Spirituality

    Gogo Dineo Ndlanzi | The History of African Spirituality

    In celebration of Black History Month, Google is excited to welcome life coach, spiritual teacher and African Healing Practitioner Gogo Dineo Ndlanzi as she unpacks the pre-colonial history of African Spirituality and how it intersects with global systemic issues in the 21st century.

    Gogo Dineo Ndlanzi is a pre-eminent and pioneering traditional healer who has successfully merged the sacredness of African Spirituality with modern thinking. She is a celebrated spiritual teacher, life coach, African storyteller, actress, writer, dancer and trained facilitator. She has been instrumental in changing perceptions around the practice of “ubungoma”, a sacred form of African Spiritual Healing. This has made her a household name in Southern Africa and with Africans in the diaspora over the last decade as she continues to shift mindsets and encourage people to access African spiritual healing modalities and indigenous knowledge systems.

    Gogo Dineo cemented her position as a foremost speaker in the global market as she graced the TEDxCAPETOWN stage in 2019 and as a keynote speaker in Lüneburg, Germany at Leuphana University at the Leverage Points and Sustainability conference, where she spoke on how the global healthcare system can leverage from African indigenous healing practices to overcome systemic failures.

    Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/AfricanSpirituality to watch the video.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Judson Brewer | Unwinding Anxiety

    Judson Brewer | Unwinding Anxiety

    Judson Brewer visits Google to discuss his book "Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind." The book lays out a step-by-step plan that is clinically proven to break the cycles that drive anxiety and addictive habits. 
    We are living through one of the most anxious periods any of us can remember. Whether facing issues as public as a pandemic or as personal as having kids at home and fighting the urge to reach for a wine bottle every night, many of us are feeling overwhelmed and out of control. In this timely book, Dr. Judson Brewer explains how to uproot anxiety at its source using brain-based techniques and small hacks accessible to anyone.
    We think of anxiety as everything from mild unease to full-blown panic. But it's also what drives the addictive behaviors and bad habits we use to cope, such as stress eating, procrastination, and social media doom-scrolling. Anxiety lives in a part of the brain that resists rational thought, so we get stuck in anxiety habit loops that we can't think our way out of or use willpower to overcome. Dr. Brewer teaches us how to map our brains, so that we can discover our triggers, defuse them with the simple but powerful practice of curiosity, and to train our brains using mindfulness and other practices.
    Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/UnwindingAnxiety to watch the video.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Mark Blyth | Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

    Mark Blyth | Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

    Author and political economist Mark Blyth visits Google to discuss his book “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.”

    Politicians in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that makes the economy worse. As a remedy, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts--austerity--to solve the many financial crises of the early 21st century. Pro-austerity voices tell us that we have all lived beyond our means and now need to tighten our belts. But according to author Mark Blyth, this view conveniently forgets where all of that debt came from. Not from government spending, but as the direct result of bailing out, recapitalizing, and adding liquidity to the collapsing banking system. Through these actions private debt was remade into government debt, while those responsible for causing the crisis walked away scot free, placing the blame on the state, and the burden on the taxpayer.

    That burden now takes the form of a global turn to austerity, the policy of reducing government spending to restore competitiveness and balance the budget. The problem, according to Blyth, is that austerity is a very dangerous idea that he claims does not work. As the past four years and countless historical examples from the last 100 years show, while it makes sense for any one state to try and cut its way to growth, it simply cannot work when all states try it simultaneously: all we do is shrink the economy. In the worst case, austerity policies worsened the Great Depression and created the conditions for seizures of power by the forces responsible for the Second World War. Blyth argues that the arguments for austerity are tenuous and the evidence thin. Rather than expanding growth and opportunity, austerity has almost always led to low growth along with increases in income inequality. With his book, Blyth challenges conventional wisdom by marshaling an army of facts to demand that we recognize austerity for what it is, and what it costs us.

    Originally published in June of 2013.

    Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/Austerity to watch the video.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Susan Wilner Golden | Stage (Not Age)

    Susan Wilner Golden | Stage (Not Age)

    Susan Wilner Golden visits Google to discuss her book, “Stage (Not Age): How to Understand and Serve People Over 60 – the Fastest Growing, Most Dynamic Market in the World”. The book discusses the $22 trillion opportunity that can be unlocked if we rethink everything we think we know about people over 60. The book is the concise guide to helping companies understand and serve this market by focusing on life stage, not age, and identifying the deep diversity of needs within the demographic.

    In the time it takes you to listen to this sentence, another twenty Americans will turn sixty-five. Ten thousand people a day are crossing that threshold, and that number will continue to grow. In fifteen years, Americans aged sixty-five and over will outnumber those under age eighteen. Nearly everywhere in the world, people over sixty will become the dominant population. Demographers tend to think of this new longevity as a crisis we are not prepared for. And there are serious issues to address in order to serve this population, and society as a whole. But longevity also presents an opportunity for which companies need to develop a strategy. Estimates put the global market for this demographic at $22 trillion across every industry you can think of.

    Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/StageNotAge to watch the video.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Avi Goldfarb & Ajay Agrawal | Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of AI

    Avi Goldfarb & Ajay Agrawal | Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of AI

    Avi Goldfarb and Ajay Agrawal visit Google to discuss their book “Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of AI.”

    The idea of artificial intelligence--job-killing robots, self-driving cars, and self-managing organizations--captures the imagination, evoking a combination of wonder and dread for those of us who will have to deal with the consequences. But what if it’s not quite so complicated? The real job of artificial intelligence is to lower the cost of prediction. And once you start talking about costs, you can use some well-established economics to cut through the hype.

    The constant challenge for all managers is to make decisions under uncertainty. And AI contributes by making knowing what's coming in the future cheaper and more certain. But decision making has another component: judgment, which is firmly in the realm of humans, not machines. Making prediction cheaper means that we can make more predictions more accurately and then assess them with human judgment. Once managers can separate tasks into components of prediction and judgment, we can begin to understand how to optimize the interface between humans and machines.

    More than just an account of AI's powerful capabilities, “Prediction Machines” shows managers how they can most effectively leverage AI, disrupting business as usual only where required, and provides businesses with a toolkit to navigate the coming wave of challenges and opportunities.

    Originally published in May of 2018.

    Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/PredictionMachines to watch the video.

    • 57 min
    The Cast of Broadway’s “The Kite Runner”

    The Cast of Broadway’s “The Kite Runner”

    The cast & creatives of Broadway’s "The Kite Runner" visit Google to discuss their critically acclaimed play, based on Khaled Hosseini’s internationally best-selling novel.

    Originally published in 2003, "The Kite Runner" became a bestseller across the globe and has since been published in 70 countries, selling 31.5 million copies in 60 languages. Now this powerful story has been adapted into a stunning stage production. One of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed novels of our time, "The Kite Runner" is a powerful tale of friendship spanning cultures and continents, that follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. In 1972, Afghanistan is a divided country on the verge of war and two childhood friends are about to be torn apart. It’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul and the skies are full of the excitement and joy of a kite flying tournament. But neither of the boys can foresee the terrible incident which will shatter their lives forever.

    Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/KiteRunner to watch the video.

    • 52 min

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I love that Google is releasing these presentations as podcasts. Many of them were originally on YouTube, but they're even more convenient in audio format. Amazing guests.

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