Cyberculture stalwarts Douglas Rushkoff and Jon Lebkowsky go back to when magazines we’re still printed. Always fans of Douglas Rushkoff, we love to follow what he has been up to lately. Recently he’s been working on Team Human, and through the project, he delivers some high quality podcasts. Not long ago, he sat down with longtime friend, Jon Lebkowsky, and the two cyberculture stalwarts discuss everything from cyber revolution, to doomsday compounds of the ultra rich. Lebkowsky boasts an impressive and intriguing background. As a staunch advocate of a free and open internet, he founded the Austin chapter of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which operates as a standalone chapter. He also wrote for the cyberculture, flagship magazine Mondo 2000, where he became friends with R.U. Sirius and shared the pages with such notables as William Gibson, Robert Anton Wilson and Rushkoff. In 1997, he joined Whole Foods as an internet champion, proselytizing the web as a viable e-commerce opportunity.
TEAM HUMAN: FOLDING THE FRINGES
For this week’s Team Human, Douglas is out on the road in Austin, Texas where he caught up with longtime friend and cyberculture pioneer, Jon Lebkowsky. Jon and Douglas first look back on the promise of the early cyber revolution, and then look forward to the ways in which those quirky fringe elements might be folded back into the work of promoting justice, solidarity, and even a bit of ambiguity… Whether manifested in platform cooperatives, consensus building tools like Loomio, or in the spirit of Occupy, Lebkowsky and Rushkoff retrieve the thread of radical potential as it has evolved from those early days of the internet.
Douglas begins today’s show discussing his recent meeting with a group of billionaires whose fears of future social unrest have left them scrambling for apocalypse strategies to protect their wealth and lifestyle. Find out what the “insulation equation” is as Douglas challenges these executives to forgo the Walking Dead scenarios and join team human!
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