Edge.org – Liberal Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century

My fear, confirmed over the past two years since I took a position as a professor at a public university, is that our political economy is becoming the sole determinant of how education works, what students expect, and what they ultimately learn. Even looking at education as something that occurs between learning and "employment" accepts employment as some inevitable stage of life—when we know it is really just an artifact of chartered monopolies and the intentional repression of guilds and small businesses.    read more »

TechTimes – Interview with Douglas Rushkoff

In late 2013, activists in San Francisco and nearby Oakland responded to an influx of affluent tech workers to the Bay Area, and the attendant skyrocketing rents, by throwing rocks at the buses Google provided to shuttle itsemployees to and from Silicon Valley. The event forms the backdrop for Douglas Rushkoff's latest book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became The Enemy of Prosperity (Portfolio/Penguin, 2016), a historically-minded look at the effects digital technology has had on local economies, big business and the life expectancy of the corporation as we know it.   read more »

The Village Voice – Douglas Rushkoff Talks Tech, the Digital Economy, and the Growth Trap

"[W]e have set in place an economic system whose growth works against our own prosperity," writes Douglas Rushkoff in Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity. In the book, Rushkoff, whose previous works include Present Shock and Program or Be Programmed, maps out the failings of our digital economy. Our never-ending hunger for economic growth has become untenable, he argues, and we need to embrace a more distributed approach to growth and social justice, one that reflects the digital technologies that pervade our lives.   read more »

SXSW Talk Now Online

In this launch event for his new book Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Rushkoff will share a new economic program using the unique distributive power of the internet to break free of the winner-take-all game defining business today. He will offer a series of practical steps to remake the economy from the inside out.   read more »