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TOA is a community for tech professionals looking for knowledge exchange and collaboration. Our mission is to help people and organisations become futureproof. Aim high, right?! We connect, grow and inspire technology professionals through media, experiences and educational programs. In this podcast we will give you context around the latest trends so you can make better decisions moving forward. Subscribe for unquarantined ideas and learnings from leaders across the field.

    The state of crypto in the brave new (decentralised) world. With Lasse Clausen.

    The state of crypto in the brave new (decentralised) world. With Lasse Clausen.

    In this recorded live conversation crypto heavyweight Lasse Clausen joined Niko Woischnik for an important fireside conversation, followed by a live Q&A with questions from the audience.
    The cryptospace has developed exponentially in only a few, but monumental, years. Important developments in the crypto economy are forever changing so it’s important to constantly keep in the know… including who the front-runner is in the race to decentralise the world.
    Lasse is the founding partner of 1kx, an early-stage token fund with a mission to be the most founder-friendly and helpful source of early-stage capital for tokenised projects. He started out as a software entrepreneur and through exploring, curiosity and making an early leap from Bitcoin to Ethereum, he’s a key player in the crypto industry.
    1kx has made multiple investments in soon-to-be key players, for instance, NIFTEX raised $500k Seed Round led by 1kx and more recently Nym (valued at $6m) and Connext (valued at $12m).
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    Examining the history – and uncertain future – of sand. With Vince Beiser.

    Examining the history – and uncertain future – of sand. With Vince Beiser.

    The three natural resources humans consume most are water, air... and sand.  
    Vince Beiser is an award-winning journalist and author who has been featured in Wired, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. His first book, The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization, illustrates why sand is so crucial to modern life. It's the ingredient that makes possible our cities, our science, our lives – and our future.
    Beiser joins Niko Woischnik to talk about sand's profound importance across the globe and the serious human and environmental costs caused by our dependence on it. Additionally, he delves into some of his past reporting, including on soldiers training for the Iraq War and pop-up clinics in Mexico offering psychedelic therapy.

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    Transforming financial distribution from human to digital. With Lex Sokolin.

    Transforming financial distribution from human to digital. With Lex Sokolin.

    In addition to providing an infrastructure for countless FinTech services, blockchain technology has forced us to reconsider the notion that online media is worthless.
    Lex Sokolin is a writer, artist, and the Head Economist at ConsenSys, a leading Ethereum blockchain software company. He joins Niko Woischnik on the podcast this week.
    Sokolin talks about his background in investment banking, the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on his entrepreneurial journey, and how blockchain and cryptocurrency changed the very nature of the internet. Additionally, he dives into the recent NFT craze, examining both the technological and artistic implications it has had on the media industry.

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    The demise of the nation state through technology and blockchain. With Pia Mancini

    The demise of the nation state through technology and blockchain. With Pia Mancini

    The world is leaning towards a new jurisdiction, one that shares commons of the planet on a global scale. Is the nation state becoming redundant?
    The narrative of the nation state works on the theory that it is necessary, however with collectives issuing currency and people wanting change and demanding agency - this may upturn the axis.
    Pia Mancini, democracy activist, open source sustainer, co-founder & CEO at Open Collective and Chair of DemocracyEarth Foundation, joins Niko Woischnik on the podcast this week.
    She talks about how she got to tackle the worlds toughest problem: voices and change in the government. How she used tech to support citizen participation in government, created an app that explained jargon to allow people to discuss, voice and vote their opinion, and how technology and blockchain are tackling the global subjects to lead to a world with a more direct citizen participation in democracy.

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    • 54 min
    Goodbye traditional education system... hello accessible cohort-based courses. With Wes Kao

    Goodbye traditional education system... hello accessible cohort-based courses. With Wes Kao

    The rise of cohort-based learning, and why traditional education systems can’t weather the tech evolution storm forever.
    Education has always been cohort-based, however, when the internet arrived this disrupted community-driven learning into an asynchronous field.

    Digital cohort-based courses are redirecting education back around to the start in order to better develop, challenge, and build on ideas together. 
    How is it different from MOOCs? They’re miles apart. Zoom lectures and monologues aren’t allowed, it needs to be engaging and invite active participation and learning to the forefront.


    Wes Kao, co-founder of Maven, joins Niko on the podcast to talk about the future of learning, cohort-learning (our favourite topic) and key variables to scrutinise when starting any business (not just a cohort). 
    Maven is THE successful online platform that ​​empowers creators to build live courses and deliver an engaging student experience at scale. Wes is an incredibly impressive entrepreneur,  engaging speaker, and pure inspiration for education. 


    Listen to the full episode to find out how Wes found her way into education through tech startups and Udemy, why credentials are not so important anymore and proof of building things is, and genuine takeaways to take forward in both work and life.
     

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    The nonprofit newsroom taking back the power to realign the future of journalism. With Julia Angwin

    The nonprofit newsroom taking back the power to realign the future of journalism. With Julia Angwin

    Investigative journalism and reporting are under threat. The future of journalism looks bleak without the reinforcement of the truth and the realignment of power and technology.

    One of the largest negative impacts of technology is on the media. Facebook effectively controls public discourse on a global scale and is legally self-regulatory in service. How can the truth prevail if this is the baseline?

    Julia Angwin joins Niko in this episode to discuss technology, data, and the impact of technology on society. Julia is incredibly impressive. She is a Pulitzer prize winner, winning investigative journalist, and the co-founder of The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates how powerful institutions are using technology to change our society.

    They discuss why bringing precise facts to the debate rather than hot takes is necessary to bring powerful conglomerates to justice, how using scientific journalism is raising the stakes and the future of media and technology at large.

    Technology has a bias that is used to the advantage of the elite. Julia and The Markup team are armed with a scientific approach and an open book policy on their data to help restore faith and support in investigative journalism.


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They produce my favorite conference / festival, and now they also produce my favorite podcast! TOA Media's content is consistently in the upper echelon of curation, and I'm very pleased that their new podcast does not disappoint. It's relevant, future-thinking interdisciplinary content at its finest (if you're interested in blockchain and FinTech, I can also highly recommend their dedicated ICO podcast.) Very charming hosts, it's truly a treat to listen to!

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