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Discourse ZA is a podcast and YouTube channel featuring conversations about South African politics, philosophy, economics, and more.

We host the following shows:
*The Small Print, hosted by Bronwyn Williams
*The TK Show, hosted by TK Pooe
*Conversations with Gwen, hosted by Gwen Ngwenya

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Discourse ZA is a podcast and YouTube channel featuring conversations about South African politics, philosophy, economics, and more.

We host the following shows:
*The Small Print, hosted by Bronwyn Williams
*The TK Show, hosted by TK Pooe
*Conversations with Gwen, hosted by Gwen Ngwenya

    The Commodification of Everything

    The Commodification of Everything

    The Commodification of Everything
     
    In this episode of The Small Print, Bronwyn speaks to writer, mother, and modern heretic, Mary Harrington. They talk about the cultural shift in the way people understand sexual relationships and the transactional nature of modern life. The conversation evolves into a discussion about the commodification of our bodies more generally (e.g. national healthcare), why capitalism is not an antidote to authoritarianism, the class politics of scarcity, and the myth of progress.
    Article: https://www.plough.com/en/topics/life/relationships/love-in-the-marketplace
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    Bronwyn Williams is a futurist, economist, trend analyst and host of The Small Print. Her day job as a partner at Flux Trends involves helping business leaders to use foresight to design the future they want to live and work in. You may have seen her talking about Transhumanism or Tikok on Carte Blanche, or heard her talking about trends on 702 or CNBC Africa where she is a regular expert commentator. When she's not talking to brands and businesses about the future, you will probably find her curled up somewhere with a (preferably paperback) book. She tweets at @bronwynwilliams.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bronwynwilliams
    Flux Trends: https://www.fluxtrends.com/future-flux/futurist-in-residence/
    Website: https://whatthefuturenow.com/
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    Mary Harrington is a writer based in the UK and contributing editor at UnHerd, where she writes a weekly column. She is interested in (among other things) the political and cultural side-effects of globalisation, the replacement of class politics by identity politics, the joy of limits, and women’s rights in the biotech age, which is the subject of my forthcoming book Feminism Against Progress.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/moveincircles
    Reactionary Feminist: https://reactionaryfeminist.com/
    UnHerd: https://unherd.com/author/mary-harrington/
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The “Green Redlining” of Africa

    The “Green Redlining” of Africa

    Western nations have not acted in good faith when it comes to the supply of vaccines. Why should African nations think they will act differently when it comes to climate negotiations?
    In this episode of The Small Print, Bronwyn speaks to Gyude Moore, Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Global Development. They discuss the need for African countries to unite to improve their negotiating position on the world stage. While Western leaders often engage in idle talk of being a global community, the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that, in a time of crisis, it’s everyone for themselves. The climate emergency will prove no different. Yet, about culpability for this crisis, the facts are clear and immutable: the people least responsible for it are exposed to its worst effects. This is a timely conversation that addresses the importance of global accountability, African unity, and the need for brave leadership in Africa.
    Articles mentioned in the podcast:
    Article 1: https://african.business/2021/09/trade-investment/after-the-wests-response-to-covid-africa-cannot-expect-support-on-climate-change/
    Article 2: https://african.business/2021/01/trade-investment/why-africa-must-ensure-afcfta-succeeds/
    Article 3: https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-to-offer-loans-to-lure-developing-countries-away-from-chinese-telecom-gear-11603036800?redirect=amp#click=https://t.co/I9hrPdeOoR
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    Bronwyn Williams is a futurist, economist, trend analyst and host of The Small Print. Her day job as a partner at Flux Trends involves helping business leaders to use foresight to design the future they want to live and work in. You may have seen her talking about Transhumanism or Tikok on Carte Blanche, or heard her talking about trends on 702 or CNBC Africa where she is a regular expert commentator. When she's not talking to brands and businesses about the future, you will probably find her curled up somewhere with a (preferably paperback) book. She tweets at @bronwynwilliams.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bronwynwilliams
    Flux Trends: https://www.fluxtrends.com/future-flux/futurist-in-residence/
    Website: https://whatthefuturenow.com/
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    Gyude Moore is a leading expert in African state-building, governance, foreign and development policy, and political-economy. He was previously Minister of Public Works in Liberia and before that Deputy Chief of Staff to the President and Head of the President's Delivery Unit. He is currently a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington, DC-based think tank. At CGD, Gyude focuses on African governance, infrastructure investment and Africa's response to the presence of external actors.
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/w-gyude-moore-6825756/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gyude_moore
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    • 55 min
    Can Democracy Survive Information Overload?

    Can Democracy Survive Information Overload?

    In this episode of The Small Print, Bronwyn speaks to futurist Manish Bahl about the daily deluge of information and the impact it has on society. They speak about information overload, the difference between misinformation and disinformation, and what steps governments, tech companies, and individuals can take to curb the spread of “fake news”. Should we regulate or educate? Who watches the watchdogs? It is a wide-ranging conversation that also delves into the tension between the wisdom and the madness of crowds, the myth of privacy, and the AI arms race to win the information wars.
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    Bronwyn Williams is a futurist, economist, trend analyst and host of The Small Print. Her day job as a partner at Flux Trends involves helping business leaders to use foresight to design the future they want to live and work in. You may have seen her talking about Transhumanism or Tikok on Carte Blanche, or heard her talking about trends on 702 or CNBC Africa where she is a regular expert commentator. When she's not talking to brands and businesses about the future, you will probably find her curled up somewhere with a (preferably paperback) book. She tweets at @bronwynwilliams.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bronwynwilliams
    Flux Trends: https://www.fluxtrends.com/future-flux/futurist-in-residence/
    Website: https://whatthefuturenow.com/
    Manish Bahl is a futurist, keynote speaker, and head of the Center for the Future of Work. He advises industry leaders on the future of their business in response to not only the emergence of new technologies, but also the evolution of our society as a whole. His views on emerging technologies and the future of work are regularly featured in leading publications (WSJ, Economic Times, Business Times, among others).
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbahl
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manishbahl/
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    • 49 min
    The Future of You

    The Future of You

    'Who am I?' is one of the most fundamental questions of all. But it is becoming increasingly difficult to answer as technology enables us to negotiate and create many different versions of ourselves.
    In this episode of The Small Print, Bronwyn speaks to fellow futurist Tracey Follows about her book “The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st-Century Technology?” Together they discuss the tension between the collective and the individual, and how our personal freedoms and potential will be transformed over the coming decades. In our digital, data-driven world, Facebook gets a say in verifying who we are, science can alter our biology, and advances in AI are revolutionizing not only how we interact online but with the physical world around us. From health passports and increased surveillance to bio-hacking and relationships with machines, we need to understand these vital issues today so that we might design the future of our identity tomorrow.
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    Bronwyn Williams is a futurist, economist, trend analyst and host of The Small Print. Her day job as a partner at Flux Trends involves helping business leaders to use foresight to design the future they want to live and work in. You may have seen her talking about Transhumanism or Tikok on Carte Blanche, or heard her talking about trends on 702 or CNBC Africa where she is a regular expert commentator. When she's not talking to brands and businesses about the future, you will probably find her curled up somewhere with a (preferably paperback) book. She tweets at @bronwynwilliams.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bronwynwilliams
    Flux Trends: https://www.fluxtrends.com/future-flux/futurist-in-residence/
    Website: https://whatthefuturenow.com/
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    Tracey Follows is a professional futurist and author of “The Future of You: Can Your Identity Survive 21st-Century Technology?” She writes and speaks on Futures, appearing in a global list of 50 female futurists in Forbes. She has spoken at UN HQ, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and at events such as Think With Google. She has appeared on BBC Business Matters, is a go-to futurist for many national press titles, and is a contributor columnist in Forbes. She was an Adage 'Woman to Watch' 2017, Women in Marketing Award Winner for Outstanding Contribution to Marketing 2016, and Inaugural Creative Strategy Jury President at Cannes Lions 2019. In 2018, she was listed by Business Cloud as a Trailblazing Woman in Tech. She is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, World Futures Studies Federation, and a Fellow of the RSA.
    Book: https://amzn.to/39uQtv3
    Twitter:https://twitter.com/traceyfutures
    Blog: https://www.traceyfollows.com/
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Fate of South Africa

    The Fate of South Africa

    Why do property rights matter anyway? Is the South African expropriation bill really that big of a deal? And what do the proposed constitutional amendments really mean for ordinary citizens?
    In the episode of The Small Print, Bronwyn speaks to CEO of the Center for Risk Analysis, Frans Cronje, about the current — and future — state of South Africa. It is a wide-ranging conversation that covers the highs of the Mbeki era, the psychology behind rejecting unpleasant information, South Africa’s debt crisis, the looming expropriation bill, and the ANC’s prospects for the 2024 elections.
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    Bronwyn Williams is a futurist, economist, trend analyst and host of The Small Print. Her day job as a partner at Flux Trends involves helping business leaders to use foresight to design the future they want to live and work in. You may have seen her talking about Transhumanism or Tikok on Carte Blanche, or heard her talking about trends on 702 or CNBC Africa where she is a regular expert commentator. When she's not talking to brands and businesses about the future, you will probably find her curled up somewhere with a (preferably paperback) book. She tweets at @bronwynwilliams.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bronwynwilliams
    Flux Trends: https://www.fluxtrends.com/future-flux/futurist-in-residence/
    Website: https://whatthefuturenow.com/
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    Frans Cronje is an analyst. He was educated at St John's College in Houghton and holds a PhD in scenario planning. He has published three books on South Africa's future and authored scores of policy assessments, briefings, reports, and forecasts on the country. He directs the Centre for Risk Analysis - a Johannesburg based strategic intelligence think-tank that has advised a great number of corporations and government agencies around the world on South Africa's long term economic, social, political, and policy. He teaches scenario based strategy at a South African business school.
    Website: https://frans-cronje.com/
    Books:  https://frans-cronje.com/the-books
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    • 58 min
    Can We Trust Our Robot Overlords?

    Can We Trust Our Robot Overlords?

    In this episode of The Small Print, Bronwyn speaks to Dr Beth Singler, the Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Together they explore the social, ethical, philosophical and religious implications of advances in Artificial Intelligence and robotics. Do we put too much faith in algorithms? How do different cultures respond to rapid technological change? They look at the dangers of AI entrenching inequality instead of alleviating it, the religious elements in the transhumanist movement, and the slight weirdness of the effective altruism community.
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    Bronwyn Williams is a futurist, economist, trend analyst and host of The Small Print. Her day job as a partner at Flux Trends involves helping business leaders to use foresight to design the future they want to live and work in. You may have seen her talking about Transhumanism or Tikok on Carte Blanche, or heard her talking about trends on 702 or CNBC Africa where she is a regular expert commentator. When she's not talking to brands and businesses about the future, you will probably find her curled up somewhere with a (preferably paperback) book. She tweets at @bronwynwilliams.
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bronwynwilliams
    Flux Trends: https://www.fluxtrends.com/future-flux/futurist-in-residence/
    Website: https://whatthefuturenow.com/
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    Dr Beth Singler is the Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Prior to this, she was the post-doctoral Research Associate on the “Human Identity in an age of Nearly-Human Machines” project at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. She has been an associate fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence since 2016. Beth is an experienced social and digital anthropologist, and her first academic book is a groundbreaking in-depth ethnography of the ‘Indigo Children’ – a New Age re-conception of both children and adults which uses the language of science, evolution, and spirituality.
    Book: https://amzn.to/3laXF4K
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/BVLSingler
    Website: https://bvlsingler.com/
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    • 54 min

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