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For Future Reference: TEAM HUMAN with Douglas Rushkoff

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Institute for the Future

201 Hamilton Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94301

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Institute for the Future’s For Future Reference Public Event Series invites you to join us in conversation and reception with Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of the new book “Team Human,” co-hosted by IFTF Executive Director Marina Gorbis with Shareable Executive Director, Neal Gorenflo.

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6:00 Crowd gathers
6:15 Program begins
7:05 Q & A
7:30 Books and closing reception
8:00 Doors close

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There is an anti-human agenda embedded in our markets and technologies, which has turned them from means of human connection into ones of isolation and repression. Our corporations and the culture they create glorify individualism at the expense of cooperation, threatening the sustainability not just of our economy but our species. In this talk, Douglas Rushkoff will reveal this agenda at work and invites us to remake society toward human ends rather than the end of humans.

Rushkoff will uncover how the intentional repression of humanity impacts diverse sectors of society, explaining how money went from being a means of transaction to a means of extraction and how education transformed from the ideal of learning into an extension of occupational training. Digital age technologies have only amplified these trends, making our systems more brittle and presenting the greatest challenges yet to our collective autonomy: robots taking our jobs, algorithms directing our attention, and social media influencing our votes.

There’s still time to think before we hit the switch and automate ourselves out of existence. Rushkoff will explain how we can reconnect with our essentially social nature, assert a place for humans in the emerging landscape, and forge solidarity with the others who understand that being human is team sport.


Proceeds from this event go directly to support Institute for the Future's For Future Reference public events series, as a part of our efforts to share the best of our research and strategic foresight practices.

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