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Written on April 29th, 2016

Listen to latest podcast 
Two warnings from a decade ago 

 Arundhati Roy, author and activist
Davidson Loehr, America, Fascism, and God
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If you’re working to build a healthier and more just society, and want your ideas and your good works to achieve greater impact, let me help you tap the unique power of narrative.

pointing-reversed My path – teaching, acting,  screenwriting, music and film producing, facilitating, in-depth interviews – has led me full circle again to teaching, through speeches and workshops. After 15 years of radio interviews with visionary thinkers and doers – I now produce and host Disruptive, a podcast for Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.
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I draw on all those experiences to help you develop more engaging narratives and tell more compelling stories. Listen here
Let’s connect to explore how we might work together to change the world.

 

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MICHAEL LEWIS’s
 best-selling THE UNDOING PROJECT 
tells the story of the collaborative work of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman which revealed previously undiscovered ways our minds fool us.

Link to LiveTalksLA video page
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FREE FORUM Progressive Voices Network on TuneIn
Sat 3/25 7pmPT, Sun 3/26 10pmPT

 

JONATHAN SMUCKER
Roadmap for Radicals
including Lessons of Occupy

 

SAT 4/1: CHIP BERLET
Right-Wing Populism and Fascism

 

Featured Podcasts:
Chuck Collins, 99-1
Tom Hayden, Endorsing Obama in 2012
George McGovern, A Bright Shining Moment

Terrence McNally, Tap the Unique Power of Story

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DISRUPTIVE podcast: Fluorescent In Situ Sequencing

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Up till now, sequencing couldn’t be done on intact cells nor provide spatial information. Now Harvard’s Wyss Institute has developed FISSEQ, a genesequencing technology that simultaneously reads sequences of thousands of RNAs and visualizes their 3D coordinates within cells and tissues. It could lead to earlier cancer diagnosis, help us understand embryonic development, and map neurons of the brain. George Church, Rick Terry, and Shawn Marcell are featured in the latest episode of my podcast with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

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Q&A: Peter Diamandis-Abundance Ahead

Written on March 28th, 2012

 

Aired 03/25/12

Recently the annual TED conference took place in Long Beach California. I have long recommended its famous 18 minute TED talks. Check out TED.com/talks, they cover a wide range of topics including science, technology, design, business, global issues and they have recurring themes of inspiration, challenge, and optimism. Not unlike what I try to do with this radio show.

On opening day the recent conference scheduled two talks one after the other. The first by Paul Gilding entitled The Earth is Full asked questions like Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Gilding suggests we have with the possibility of devastating consequences. In a talk that’s equal parts terrifying and oddly hopeful, he says “It takes a good crisis to get us going. When we feel fear and we fear loss we are capable of quite extraordinary things.”

That talk was followed by one by today’s guest, PETER DIAMANDIS, entitled Abundance Is Our Future in which he makes the case for optimism — that we’ll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. “I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems — problems – climate crisis, species extinction, water and energy shortage – we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”

Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have lived in stark contrast to the majority. Conventional wisdom says this gap cannot be closed. But, according to a new book by Diamandis and co-author Steven Kotler, it is closing-fast. In Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think, they document how progress in artificial intelligence, robotics, infinite computing, ubiquitous broadband networks, digital manufacturing, nanomaterials, synthetic biology, and many other exponentially growing technologies will enable us to make greater gains in the next two decades than we have in the previous two hundred years. They believe we will soon have the ability to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet.

http://diamandis.com

http://www.abundancethebook.com