Big Think – The Online Economy Is Breaking Businesses, and Stealing Our Time and Energy

It's harder for most people to making a living now than it was before the rise of online businesses like Facebook and Amazon. That's because the digital economy is hurting the real economy, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff. Competition is increasingly fierce in just about every industry, and digital technologies have allowed companies to pursue monopolies like never before — because they chase the entire world's population as a customer base.   read more »

The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur – Extractive Corporate Growth Is Killing Us All

In this interview with The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur, Rushkoff discusses how modern corporations’ focus on growth over profits is rapidly destroying society, why companies are actively discouraged from becoming profitable, the ponzi scheme that has become the global corporate marketplace, and possible solutions moving forward to keep corporatism from eating itself - and us in the process   read more »

Curious Minds Podcast – Douglas Rushkoff on Redesigning the Economy

Named one of ten most influential thinkers in the world by MIT, Doug Rushkoff asks some seriously big questions on this episode of Curious Minds. The biggest one is: what if an economy predicated on growth is unsustainable? Growth at companies like General Electric (GE) used to mean jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. That same growth, at companies like Facebook and Google, yields, at most, tens of thousands of jobs. As growth-oriented tech companies absorb more jobs through smarter tech and automation, is this an opportunity to rethink the nature of work, jobs, and the overall economy?   read more »

Big Think – The Online Economy Is Breaking Businesses, and Stealing Our Time and Energy

It's harder for most people to making a living now than it was before the rise of online businesses like Facebook and Amazon. That's because the digital economy is hurting the real economy, says media theorist Douglas Rushkoff. Competition is increasingly fierce in just about every industry, and digital technologies have allowed companies to pursue monopolies like never before — because they chase the entire world's population as a customer base.   read more »

“Throwing Rocks” Talk at the 92nd St. Y

Digital technology was supposed to usher in a new age of endless prosperity, but so far it has been used to put industrial capitalism on steroids, with Internet startups selling for billions, but destroying more jobs than they create, extracting more cash from circulation than they put in, and disrupting entire marketplaces and neighborhoods in the process. Douglas Rushkoff, the author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, will explain what went wrong, and how to optimize our economy for distributed prosperity instead of mindless growth.   read more »

The Kindle Chronicles Interviews Douglas Rushkoff

"The people who are throwing rocks at the Google bus, they’re on to something. They understand something. We should listen. And we can reconfigure, we can optimize, reprogram our economy to help everybody—That’s extremely optimistic. I put myself on the hopeful side of the equation right now."   read more »