• This is the audio version of RadicalxChange and Serpentine Arts Technologies' latest white paper titled Rethinking Art Ownership: Partial Common Ownership as a Step Towards a More Symbiotic Ecosystem.

    Through a collaboration between Serpentine Arts Technologies and RadicalxChange Foundation, it was written by Paula Berman (RxC), Victoria Ivanova (Serpentine), and Matt Prewitt (RxC).

    This episode was narrated, co-produced, and audio engineered by Aaron Benavides and produced by G. Angela Corpus.

    This audio version is a RadicalxChange Production.

  • In this exciting and inspiring talk, Professors Charlotte Kent and Fred Turner discuss the great potential art holds in creating shifts in the public consciousness through examples of historical art movements, art’s impact on technology and society at large, and its effective way of communicating democratic ideals.

    They also cover the background and process behind Fred's latest book "Seeing Silicon Valley: Life Inside a Fraying America", a collaboration with notable photographer Mary Beth Meehan.

    This episode was originally produced for the 2021 RxC Annual Conference RxC TV program.


    Charlotte Kent
    Charlotte Kent, PhD (@Lucy2Scribbles) is the Assistant Professor of Visual Culture at Montclair State University and an arts writer. Her work theorizes how visual and linguistic rhetorical devices constrain what we see by exploring their historical and political context. Her current research investigates the absurd in contemporary art and speculative design. She writes for academic journals (Word and Image, Leonardo, Journal of Visual Culture, etc) and general audience magazines (Art Review, BOMB, Wired, among others), with a monthly panel and column on Art and Technology for The Brooklyn Rail, where she is also an Editor-at-Large. Prior to academia, she developed education for the eyecare industry and managed an art school located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a graduate of the CUNY Graduate Center, St. John’s College, and Philips Academy Andover. She currently lives in New York City.

    Fred Turner
    Fred Turner (@fturner) is the Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication at Stanford University. He is the author or co-author of five books: Seeing Silicon Valley: Life inside a Fraying America (with Mary Beth Meehan); L’Usage de L’Art dans la Silicon Valley; The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties; From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism; and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory. Before coming to Stanford, he taught Communication at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He also worked for ten years as a journalist. He has written for newspapers and magazines ranging from the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine to Harper’s.

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  • This entertainingly honest conversation between Tyson Yunkaporta and Jim Rutt discusses how indigenous learnings can help liberate the democratic institutions of today. They explore the notion of "humans as custodial species" (via Yunkaporta's book, "Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World"), and the role we serve tied to the earth around us on a spiritual and physical level. Jim and Tyson take you down an exciting path paved with history, tech, and new and old philosophies that will keep you thinking.

    This was originally aired on RxC TV as part of the 2021 RadicalxChange unConference Online.

    Tyson Yunkaporta
    Tyson is an academic, an arts critic, and a researcher who is a member of the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland. He is the author of the book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. He carves traditional tools and weapons and also works as a senior lecturer in Indigenous Knowledges at Deakin University in Melbourne. He lives in Melbourne.

    Jim Rutt (@jim_rutt)
    Jim Rutt is the host of the Jim Rutt Show podcast series. He is President and co-founder of the MIT Free Speech Alliance. He is the Executive Producer of the film "An Initiation to Game~B." He is also the creator of Network Wars, the popular mobile game. He is past Chairman of the Santa Fe Institute. He was CEO of Network Solutions, which operated the .com, .net, and .org domain namespaces on the Internet until its acquisition by Verisign in 2000. Jim was the first CTO of Thomson-Reuters. He was Chairman of the computer chip design software company Analog Design Automation until its acquisition by Synposis in 2004. Previously he either founded or played a key role in several significant information services and network companies: THE SOURCE, Business Research Corp., First Call, Pinpoint Information, Wall Street on Demand, and MarketSwitch. He was Researcher in Residence at the Santa Fe Institute from 2002 to 2004, studying the application of complexity science to financial markets, and evolutionary artificial intelligence. He was Executive Producer of the awarding winning film "Zombiewood." He is a co-founder of the Staunton Makerspace, a membership maker shop and hacker space. Jim is currently an SFI Research Fellow working in the scientific study of consciousness and evolutionary artificial intelligence. Jim is also a member of the Board of Advisers of the Krasnow Institute and of Virginia Tech's Fralin Life Sciences Institute. Jim received his B.S. degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and is a member of MIT's Visiting Committee for the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences.

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  • Data and the Data Economy are increasingly important issues affecting all of society. Hear from a panel of experts on responsible technology and public policy discussing mental models of how value accrues in the Data Economy, how to form protective legislation and infrastructure, and dealing with extreme concentrations of power and wealth plaguing the data economy.

    This was originally aired on RxC TV as part of the 2021 RadicalxChange unConference Online.

    Sushant Kumar (@sushants)
    As Director on the Responsible Technology team, based in India, Sushant is focused on Omidyar Network’s work on a new data paradigm, with a vision for technology that underpins greater individual empowerment, social opportunity, and user safety.

    Previously, Sushant was part of the intellectual capital team, helping to define Omidyar Network’s strategy, research, impact, and learning agendas, with a focus on India.

    Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Sushant was a principal at Accenture Strategy, where he led major initiatives across consumer goods and technology industries. In this role, he advised clients in Europe, Africa, and India growth strategy, operating model transformations, and international expansion. Before Accenture, Sushant worked as a strategist with the GSM Association, and Capgemini, driving thought leadership across policy, consumer technology, and digital media sectors.

    Sushant earned his MBA from the London Business School and received a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi.

    Diane Coyle (@DianeCoyle1859)
    Professor Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. Diane co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity. Her latest book is ‘Markets, State and People – Economics for Public Policy’ examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources. Her next book, 'Cogs and Monsters: What Economics Is, and What It Should Be' is published on 12 October 2021.

    Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council. She has served in public service roles including as Vice Chair of the BBC Trust, member of the Competition Commission, of the Migration Advisory Committee and of the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester until March 2018 and was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.

    Matt Prewitt (@m_t_prewitt)
    Matt Prewitt is a lawyer, technologist, and writer. He is President of the RadicalxChange Foundation.

  • The audio version of RadicalxChange's latest blog post titled A New Chapter for RadicalxChange. Written by the RadicalxChange Foundation team. Listen to and/or read the article to learn and connect more about RadicalxChange's evolving mission.

    Written by the RadicalxChange Foundation team.

    Voiced, audio engineered, and co-produced by Aaron Benavides.

    Produced by G. Angela Corpus.

  • Quadratic Voting offers hope to revitalize collective decision-making in a wide range of domains in society and the economy, e.g., corporations, governments, unions, games, ratings, research, et cetera. An increasing number of examples support that hope in this radical voting method. In this panel discussion, you hear from current practices by policy-makers in the Colorado government and academic researchers and their insights from working with Quadratic Voting in preference polling.


    Charlotte Cavaille is an Assistant Professor at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Before moving to Michigan, she was an Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She was also a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. She received a Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University in November 2014. Some of her work appeared in The Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review. Her research examines the dynamics of popular attitudes towards redistributive social policies at a time of rising inequality, high fiscal stress, and high levels of immigration.

    Senator Chris Hansen represents Senate District 31 in the Colorado State Senate. He specializes in energy sector economics and data analytics, with 20+ years of experience in the global energy industry and five years in the Colorado General Assembly. He currently serves on the Joint Budget Committee, as well as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Before his work as an elected official, he was Senior Director at IHS Markit, where he led a global portfolio of energy products, events, and partnerships. Dr. Hansen holds a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from Kansas State University; a Graduate Diploma of Civil Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; a Master of Science in Engineering Systems from MIT; and a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from Oxford University. In addition to his current role in the state senate, Hansen serves as Chairman of the Board of Western Freedom, a non-profit dedicated to integrating the power system and RTO in the West. He is also the Co-Founder and Director at the Colorado Energy & Water Institute and as Founder of the Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship.

    Sachin Mittal is stewarding KERNEL at Gitcoin.


    Jake Interrante is Editor in Chief of the Chicago Policy Review and an MPP candidate ’21 at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Previously, Jake worked as a policy professional in the community development finance field. During his time working with Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s ONE Mortgage Program, he helped working-class families buy homes in otherwise unaffordable parts of the State. Before that, he helped finance amenities in economically disadvantaged communities as Development Coordinator for Partners for the Common Good, a DC-based CDFI Loan Fund. His published work on comparative borrower outcomes in the ONE Mortgage program and FHA Mortgage Program appeared in the March 2020 edition of Cityscape. Jake also holds a B.A.s in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Chicago.

  • Digital networks have centralized power over identities and information, creating problems for both markets and democracy. Does the solution require more shared agency over data? What might that look like? This panel discussion is structured around thought experiments to find solutions to this issue.


    Matt Prewitt is RadicalxChange Foundation’s president, a writer and blockchain industry advisor, and a former plaintiff’s side antitrust and consumer class action litigator and federal law clerk.

    Nick Vincent is a Ph.D. student in Northwestern University's Technology and Social Behavior program and is part of the People, Space, and Algorithms Research Group. His broad research interests include human-computer interaction, human-centered machine learning, and social computing. His research focuses on studying the relationships between human-generated data and computing technologies to mitigate the negative impacts of these technologies. His work relates to concepts such as "data dignity", "data as labor", "data leverage", and "data dividends".

    Kaliya Young also known as the "Identity Woman" has spent the last 15 years working to bring about the creation of a new layer of the internet for people based on open standards. She co-founding the Internet Identity Workshop, which was recently profiled in the Wired UK. In 2017 she graduated in the very first cohort from UT Austin's iSchool with a Master of Science in Identity Management and Security. Her master's thesis The Domains of Identity: A framework for understanding identity systems in contemporary society is being published this month by Anthem Press. In 2019, she traveled to India for two months as a New America India-US Public Interest Technology fellow to study Aadhaar their national ID system. She co-founded HumanFirst.Tech with Shireen Mitchel, a project focused on creating space for diverse voices and building a more inclusive industry. In 2012 she was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Fast Company named her as one of the most influential women in tech in 2009. She consults with governments, NGO’s, startups, and enterprises on decentralized identity technologies.


    Jennifer Morone is the CEO of RadicalxChange Foundation and a multidisciplinary visual artist, activist, and filmmaker. Her work focuses on the human experience in relation to technology, economics, politics, and identity, and the moral and ethical issues that arise from such systems. Her interests lie in exploring ways of creating social justice and equal distribution of the future. Morone is a trained sculptor with BFA from SUNY Purchase and earned her MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London with Dunne and Raby. Her work has been presented at institutions, festivals, museums, and galleries around the world including ZKM, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Ars Electronica, HEK, the Martin Gropius Bau, the Science Gallery, Transmediale, SMBA, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, panke.gallery, Aksioma, Drugo more, and featured extensively on international media outlets such as The Economist, WIRED, WMMNA, Vice, the Guardian, BBC World News, Tagesspiegel, Netzpolitik, the Observer.

  • Artificial Intelligence is transforming every aspect of business and society. The usual narrative focuses on monolithic AIs owned by large corporations and governments that promote the interests of the powerful. But imagine a world in which each person has their own "personal AI," which deeply models their beliefs, desires, and values and promotes those interests. Such agents enable much richer and more frequent "semantic voting," improving feedback for governance. They dramatically change the incentives for advertisers and news sources. When personal agents filter manipulative and malicious content, it incentivizes the creation of content aligned with a person's values. Personal AI agents will dramatically transform economic transactions, social interactions, personal transformation, and the ability to contribute to the greater good. But there are also many challenges, and new ideas are needed. Join this fireside chat to discuss the possibilities and perils of personal AIs and how they relate to the RadicalXChange movement.


    Steve Omohundro has been a scientist, professor, author, software architect, and entrepreneur and is developing the next generation of artificial intelligence. He has degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Stanford and a Ph.D. in Physics from U.C. Berkeley. He was an award-winning computer science professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and cofounded the Center for Complex Systems Research. He is the Chief Scientist of AIBrain and serves on its Board of Directors. AIBrain is creating new AI technologies for learning, conversation, robotics, simulation, and music and has offices in Menlo Park, Seoul, Berlin, and Shenzhen. It is creating Turingworld, a powerful AI learning social media platform based on AI-optimized learning, AI-powered gamification, and AI-enhanced social interaction. He is also Founder and CEO of Possibility Research which is working to develop new foundations for Artificial Intelligence based on precise mathematical semantics and Self-Aware Systems which is working to ensure that intelligent technologies have a positive impact. Steve published the book “Geometric Perturbation Theory in Physics”, designed the first data parallel language StarLisp, wrote the 3D graphics for Mathematica, developed fast neural data structures like balltrees, designed the fastest and safest object-oriented language Sather, invented manifold learning, co-created the first neural focus of attention systems, co-designed the best lip reading system, invented model merging for fast one-shot learning, co-designed the best stochastic grammar learning system, co-created the first Bayesian image search engine PicHunter, invented self-improving AI, discovered the Basic AI Drives, and proposed many of the basic AI safety mechanisms including AI smart contracts. Steve is an award-winning teacher and has given hundreds of talks around the world. Some of his talks and scientific papers are available here. He holds the vision that new technologies can help humanity create a more compassionate, peaceful, and life-serving world.

    Puja Ohlhaver is a technologist and lawyer who explores the intersection of technology, democracy, and markets. She is an advocate of digital social innovation, as a path to rebooting democracy and testing regulatory innovations. She is an inventor and founder of ClearPath Surgical, a company that seeks to improve health outcomes in minimally invasive surgery. She holds a law degree from Stanford Law School and was previously an investment management attorney.

  • Vitalik Buterin is a Russian-Canadian programmer and writer best known as the Ethereum blockchain's inventor and co-founder. Buterin became involved with blockchain technologies early in its inception, co-founding Bitcoin Magazine in 2011. In 2014, Buterin launched Ethereum and is now leading research at the Ethereum Foundation. He is also one of the co-creators of Quadratic Funding and is a board member of RadicalxChange Foundation.

    This keynote was taped at the RadicalxChange conference in Detroit, March 2019.

  • Candidates for office and elected officials around the world are bringing RadicalxChange’s ideas to life. On this panel, a group of diverse, young candidates for office will discuss the values that motivate their campaigns and some particular policy proposals they hope to achieve. This wide-ranging conversation will cover the problems posed by concentrations of power (economic and political), technology, and the degradation of democracy.


    Jonathan Herzog is a civil rights organizer, legal advocate, and Democratic congressional candidate in New York's 10th District. He has worked hand in hand with the Senior Adviser & Counselor to the Attorney General on New York's first-of-its-kind anti-corruption joint task force. He graduated first in his class at Harvard University, completed his MBA at NYU Stern, and served as co-President of Harvard Law School's student government, where he is a teaching fellow for legal and political philosophy.

    Badrun Khan is a candidate for Congress in New York's 14th District. She is a first-generation immigrant and the eldest daughter of Bengali-born parents who migrated to the U.S. in search of a better life. She is an active presence in schools and service to all in her Queens community and volunteered and served with honor as a member of Community Board 2.

    Darren Sands is the National Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed. In 2014, Darren joined BuzzFeed News as a national politics reporter, covering the White House, the US Congress, and four elections. In addition to profiling Democratic candidates such as Stacey Abrams, Ayanna Pressley, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker, Darren also covered the internal politics of both the Democratic Party and the Black Lives Matter movement and its impact on the 2016 and 2018 elections. In between those years, he wrote one of the few definitive pieces profiling the movement for BuzzFeed in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election. Darren’s writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Grantland, The New York Times Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Esquire Magazine. He and his wife, Jummy, live in Washington, D.C.

    Blair Walsingham is a Congressional candidate for U.S. House TN District-1 and is committed to putting people before politics. Endorsed by key community and national organizations, including Andrew Yang’s Humanity Forward, Humanity First Party, Black Coffee Justice, and Income Movement, Blair is an Air Force veteran, outdoorswoman, small business owner, and mother who has been named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action. Her campaign is laser-focused on helping the 1st District survive today and thrive tomorrow through policies built on compassion, personal freedom, and common-sense data-driven solutions. Blair walks the walk. She values our traditions, our rights, and contends that true leaders seek to build coalitions of compassion, not walls of divisiveness. In order to balance the effects of big money in politics, Blair is committed to lifting every American out of the despair that arises when faced with economic insecurity. She looks forward to the day when the American dream is not just a dream, but a reality made possible by a Universal Basic Income paid to every citizen as a dividend of the wealth generated by the labor of our ancestors, incredible gains in technology and automation, and the buying and selling of our personal data by private companies.

  • George Floyd's death has shocked the world and sparked an uprising across the US. This is a discussion around response and reactions to the moment and probing for a way forward.


    Brianna Agyemang is the renowned co-founder of #TheShowMustBePaused​ & The Brownie Agency. Agyemang is also Sr. Artist Campaign Manager at Apple’s artist-services division, Platoon.

    Ahmed H. Ahmed is the Director, Partnership & Professional Learning at Overcoming Racism. He facilitates race and equity professional development and provides coaching and support for partner organizations while expanding its scope and impact. A Boston University alumnus, Ahmed taught middle school mathematics, science, and reading in Atlanta, GA, before beginning his teacher coaching and development career. Ahmed received his certification from the Center for Transformative Teacher Training (CT3) as a Real-Time Teacher Coach (RTTC), implementing specialized intervention strategies to support teachers in developing strong skills and mindsets around classroom management and culture through a lens of cultural competency while coaching school leaders in the development and implementation of school-wide visions for culture.

    Jessica Lynch is a founding partner at Generation Titans, a social impact firm with a race and equity lens. At Generation Titans, Jessica has worked with organizations like American Eagle, Girls Who Code, Ben & Jerry’s, and Google on community engagement strategies and DEI efforts.


    Jermaine Johnson is a manager and producer at the Beverly Hills-based 3 Arts Entertainment. Jermaine represents a wide variety of writers, directors, journalists, and comedians from many different backgrounds. Amongst these clients are Attica Locke (award-winning author of BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD), Azie Dungey (UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, SWEETBITTER, TWENTIES), Cord Jefferson (WATCHMEN, SUCCESSION, THE GOOD PLACE), Fatimah Asghar (BROWN GIRLS, IF THEY COME FOR US), Eve Ewing (IRONHEART, ELECTRIC ARCHES), JUSTIN HILLIAN (THE CHI), JIA TOLENTINO (TRICK MIRROR) and more. He prides himself on finding fresh voices in places where others don’t often look and giving them a platform to share their unique points of view and opinions.

  • Land has been central to economic inequality for centuries. Today, we sometimes see homeownership as a path to the middle class, but it is important to see how this particular asset still drives inequality. This panel discusses the past and present of ideas like Henry George's land value tax, hoping to draw lessons for the real economy.


    Jo Guldi is a scholar of the history of Britain and its empire who is especially involved in questions of state expansion, the contestation of property under capitalism, and how state and property concepts are recorded in the landscape of the built environment. These themes informed her first book, Roads to Power, which examined Britain's interkingdom highway and its users from 1740 to 1848. They also inform her current research into rent disputes and land reform for my next monograph, The Long Land War, which profiles three moments in the history of property: the Irish Land Court of 1881 and its invention of rent control, the ideology of "squatting" in post-1940 Britain, and the creation of the "participatory map" for contesting legal boundaries in Britain and India in the 1970s and 80s.

    Alisha C. Holland is an associate professor in the Government Department at Harvard University. She studies the comparative political economy of development with a focus on Latin America. Her first book, Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the politics of law enforcement against the poor. She is working on a new book on the institutional determinants and challenges of large-scale infrastructure projects.


    Matt Prewitt is RadicalxChange Foundation’s president, a writer and blockchain industry advisor, and a former plaintiff's side antitrust and consumer class action litigator and federal law clerk.

  • Look at any review of the past decade, and you will find Bitcoin standing strong as the one experiment that defined information technology for the past ten years. Such is its global relevance that 2019 marked the first time both the President of the United States of America and the President of the People's Republic of China referred to blockchains directly in their words. While Mr. Trump praised the US Dollar might serve as the leading global reserve currency, President Xi arguably contributed to hit the market hard when one of his speeches about blockchain technology inadvertently prompted BTC to go from a monthly low to a monthly high in less than one hour. Searches for the word "blockchain" on WeChat went from a 750,000 daily average up to 9 million, impacting bitcoin's price on a 42% upward rally. The day Xi spoke was precisely 24 hours after Mark Zuckerberg testified to the US Congress on his corporate cryptocurrency's merits, Libra. The growing geopolitical relevance of these networks is hard to deny. This talk will cover how cryptographic protocols will impact democracy in the coming decade.


    Santiago Siri is the founder of Democracy Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization backed by Y Combinator and Templeton Foundation, building open source censorship-resistant digital democracies. Also, co-founder of Partido de la Red, a political party that ran for elections with candidates committed to people's wants in 2013. Partner of Bitex.la, leading bitcoin exchange in South America operating from Buenos Aires since 2014. Author of "Hacktivismo," published in 2015 by Random House. Argentine.

    Steven McKie is a crypto veteran of 8 years, now Managing Partner of Amentum Capital. Previously Head of Growth and Product Content at Purse, he expanded Purse's operations with value-added partnerships in multiple regions globally and assisted in building out the bcoin developer team and support team. McKie also hosts and edits BlockChannel, a podcast and educational publication focused on Bitcoin and Ethereum and recently assisted with launching the Handshake public blockchain. He received his BSBA in Information Systems & Technology at Old Dominion University in '14.

  • One promise of civ-gov tech is that it helps optimize democratic government, particularly in the cities where most people live. This panel explores how well that promise is being kept and how to improve things if it's not.


    Amanda Brink is a Wisconsin-based political operative with over 12 years of experience in the field. A utility infielder, happy to assist with campaign management, overall strategy, fundraising, organizing, operations, compliance, digital, press, training, recounts, logistics, advance, and more. Former O.F.A., H.F.A., Tony for WI, Burns for W.I., Dems in Philly, D.N.C., WisDems, Raj for Madison, and more. Currently working for Organizing Empowerment, helping organizations put relationships back into organizing.

    Michelle Kobayashi M.S.P.H. is the Senior Vice President for Innovation for Polco/National Research Center. She began her career as a research analyst for the City of Boulder in 1989 and then helped to found National Research Center (N.R.C.) in 1995. Michelle has 30 years of experience conducting research, surveys, and policy studies for local, state, and federal government. She has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books on research techniques and trained hundreds of government and non-profit workers on evaluation methods, survey research, and uses of data for community decisionmaking and performance measurement. Last year, N.R.C. and Polco, a tech company providing a digital engagement platform, merged, creating new opportunities for Michelle to modernize her survey work and the methods she uses to bring residents and stakeholders' voices into local governing.

    Micah L. Sifry is the Founder and President of Civic Hall, curator of the annual Personal Democracy Forum, and editor of Civicist, Civic Hall's news site. From 2006-16 he was a senior adviser to the Sunlight Foundation, which he helped found. Micah currently serves on the boards of Consumer Reports and the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Civic Tech in the Global South (co-edited with Tiago Peixoto) (World Bank, 2017); A Lever and a Place to Stand: How Civic Tech Can Move the World (PDM Books, 2015), with Jessica McKenzie; The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn't Transformed Politics (Yet) (OR Books, 2014); and Wikileaks and the Age of the Transparency (OR Books, 2011). In 2012, Micah taught "The Politics of the Internet" as a visiting lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School. From 1997-2006, he worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Before that, Micah was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years. He is the author of Spoiling for a Fight: Third-Party Politics in America(Routledge, 2002), co-author with Nancy Watzman of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), co-editor of Rebooting America, and co-editor of The Iraq War Reader (Touchstone, 2003) and The Gulf War Reader (Times Books, 1991).


    Joel Rogers is the Sewell-Bascom Professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs COWS, a national resource and strategy center on high-road development that also operates the Mayors Innovation Project, State Smart Transportation Initiative (with Smart Growth America), and ProGov21. Rogers has written widely on party politics, democratic theory, and cities and urban regions. Along with many scholarly and popular articles, his books include The Hidden Election, On Democracy, Right Turn, Metro Futures, Associations and Democracy, Works Councils, Working Capital, What Workers Want, Cites at Work, and American Society: How It Really Works. Joel is an active citizen as well as an academic. He has worked with and advised many politicians and social movement leaders and has initiated and helped lead several progressive N.G.O.s (including the New Party [now the Working Families Party], EARN, W.R.T.P., Apollo Alliance [now part of the Blue Green Alliance], Emerald Cities Collaborative, State Innovation Exchange, and EPIC-N (Educational Partnership for Innovation in Communities Network). He is a contributing editor of The Nation and Boston Review, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and identified by Newsweek as one of the 100 living Americans most likely to shape U.S. politics and culture in the 21st century.

  • In 2020, ideological conflicts reached a fever pitch, and the media landscape has become extraordinarily disorienting. Are we simply heading into a more fragmented era? This panel aims to find the light at the end of the tunnel, discussing all kinds of approaches to discover common ground for a more nuanced and vital politics.


    Paula Berman is a researcher and builder at the intersection of technology and democracy. She is a founding member of Democracy Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization backed by Y Combinator and Templeton World Charity Foundation, building open-source censorship-resistant digital democracies.

    Jennifer Lyn Morone is the RadicalxChange Foundation CEO and a multidisciplinary visual artist, activist, and filmmaker. Her work focuses on the human experience about technology, economics, politics, and identity, and the moral and ethical issues that arise from such systems. Her interests lie in exploring ways of creating social justice and equal distribution of the future. Morone is a trained sculptor with BFA from SUNY Purchase and earned her MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London with Dunne and Raby. Her work has been presented at institutions, festivals, museums, and galleries around the world, including ZKM, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Ars Electronica, HEK, the Martin Gropius Bau, the Science Gallery, Transmediale, SMBA, Carroll/Fletcher Gallery, panke.gallery, Aksioma, Drugo more, and featured extensively on international media outlets such as The Economist, WIRED, WMMNA, Vice, the Guardian, BBC World News, Tagesspiegel, Netzpolitik, the Observer.

    Mark R. Reiff is the author of five books, including In the Name of Liberty: The Argument for Universal Unionization (Cambridge University Press, 2020); On Unemployment, Volume I and II (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and Exploitation and Economic Justice in the Liberal Capitalist State (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has taught political, legal, and moral philosophy at the University of Manchester, the University of Durham, the University of California at Davis, Sonoma State University, and the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Before returning to academia in 1998, he was a practicing lawyer, representing clients in commercial litigation matters for many years. In 2008-09 he was a Faculty Fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. His current book project is called The Unbearable Resilience of Illiberalism. Abstracts of all his work, plus excerpts from his books, samples of his papers, and more, are available on his website: www.markreiff.org.


    Leon Erichsen is an entrepreneurship and technology evangelist at RadicalxChange Foundation, a nonprofit organization building next-generation political economies. Previously, he has worked as a venture analyst for the Blockchain Labs of Accelerator Frankfurt, a crypto-focused go-to-market program for early-stage startups. He graduated with the Class of 2020 in Management, Philosophy & Economics (B.Sc.) at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, where he directed the student initiatives FS Blockchain and FS Model United Nations.

  • Quadratic Funding powers Gitcoin Grants, an application that has become a "Significant Pillar of the Ethereum Ecosystem," according to Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin. Learn about the why, the how, and the what behind Gitcoin Grants and Gitcoin's plans to take Quadratic Funding mainstream, with a QF application that will help local downtowns recover from COVID-related economic distress.

    Kevin Owocki is the founder of Gitcoin.co -- a blockchain-based network for growing open-source software with incentivization mechanics. He has a BS in Computer Science, ten years of engineering leadership experience in startups and Open Source Software, and is a community organizer in the Boulder Colorado Tech Scene. Kevin believes strongly that Open Source Software Development should be sustainably funded. Gitcoin a one-stop-shop that gives Software Developers the skills & connections to survive and thrive in this new blockchain ecosystem. You can find out more about Gitcoin at https://gitcoin.co and Kevin at https://owocki.com

  • Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, & the Settling of Unpayable Debts, 2020, is Max Haiven's most recent publication to date. Capitalism is in a profound state of crisis. Beyond the mere dispassionate cruelty of 'ordinary' structural violence, it appears today as a global system bent on reckless economic revenge. Its expression is found in mass incarceration, climate chaos, unpayable debt, pharmaceutical violence, and the relentless degradation of common life. In Revenge Capitalism, Max Haiven argues that this economic vengeance helps us explain the culture and politics of revenge we see in society more broadly. Moving from the history of colonialism and its continuing effects today, he examines the opioid crisis in the US, the growth of 'surplus populations' worldwide, and unpacks the central paradigm of unpayable debts – both as reparations owed and as a methodology of oppression. For this conference, Marc Garrett, co-director of Furtherfield (UK), interviews Max Haiven about his book discussing how its themes, ideas, and social contexts, relate to our everyday and cultural experiences and what this means.


    Max Haiven is Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario and director of the ReImagining Value Action Lab (RiVAL). He writes articles for both academic and general audiences. He is the author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons (2014), The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish, 2014) and Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life (2014). His latest book, Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization, was published by Pluto in Fall 2018. His book Revenge Capitalism: The Ghosts of Empire, the Demons of Capital, and the Settling of Unpayable Debts will appear in May 2020.

    Marc Garrett is co-director and co-founder, with artist Ruth Catlow of the arts collective Furtherfield, beginning on the Internet in 96. Furtherfield has two physical venues, a gallery and a Commons lab, both situated in the park, in Finsbury Park, London. Co-founder DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab, an arts, blockchain & web 3.0 technologies research hub for fairer, more dynamic & connected cultural ecologies & economies now - http://decal.is/ Has curated over 50 contemporary Media Arts exhibitions, projects nationally and internationally. Curated the renowned major exhibition Monsters of the Machine: Frankenstein in the 21st Century, at Laboral, Spain. Main editor of the Furtherfield web site. Written for various books and articles about art, technology and social change. Two key Furtherfield publications include co-editing of Artists Re:Thinking Games with Ruth Catlow and Corrado Morgana 2010, and recently on Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain with Ruth Catlow, Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner 2017. State Machines: Reflections & Actions at the Edge of Digital Citizenship, Finance, & Art. Edited by Yiannis Colakides, Marc Garrett, Inte Gloerich. Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2019. Will be publishing another book in 2020 called, Frankenstein Reanimated: Conversations with Artists in Dystopian Times. Just ended his Phd at the University of London, Birkbeck College.

  • Radically rethinking property rights has always been a core part of RadicalxChange’s mission. Outdated models of owning versus renting land or holding stock in a company have created many societal problems. In this panel, we will hear from several entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers building new kinds of communities. Common to all panelists is a desire to unlock new types of human prosperity by moving past outdated models of ownership.


    Mathew Dryhurst is an artist and researcher based in Berlin Germany. His research focuses on technical and ethical protocols. He makes music and creates art with Holly Herndon, and their albums PROTO and Platform (4AD) have provoked international critical acclaim. He teaches at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Strelka Institute and European Graduate School. He previously served as Director of Programming at Gray Area in San Francisco. Most recently, Dryhurst co-founded the podcast series Interdependence alongside Holly Herndon.

    Joeri Torfs is the Operational Director of the Quality of Life World Foundation Joeri is driven by knowledge and learning, his allergy to rules and authority made him choose to become an entrepreneur. He found his true calling in software development. He enjoys finding and building structures from chaos and challenging the status quo. His purpose is to free humanity from the enslavement of society by building and using systems, frameworks, and tools capable of converting human intuitive participative and collaborative energy into constructive outcomes. He’s convinced that together we can increase our quality of life by accepting life's challenges, building trust, letting go of control and rely on frictionless participation and collaboration in a framework that evolves with societal needs.


    John Surico is a journalist and urban planning researcher. His reporting can be found in The New York Times, CityLab, VICE and numerous other outlets, where he primarily writes about cities, transit and open space. Previously, he was a research fellow at Center for an Urban Future, a leading think tank in New York, and taught undergraduate journalism at NYU. He is currently pursuing an MSc at University College London's The Bartlett in Transport and City Planning. He is based in Oxford, UK.

  • Shoukei Matsumoto will take us into his essential teachings on Buddhism and how he uses "cleaning" to address dissatisfaction. He will engage with Rabbi Amichai on these ideas and the concept of post-religiosity.


    Shoukei Matsumoto is a Buddhist Monk in Komyoji Temple. Born in 1979 in Japan, he graduated with a B.A. degree in Literature from the University of Tokyo. After graduation, he joined the Komyoji temple and initiated new projects such as the Temple Café Project. In 2008, the association was awarded the "Shoriki Matsutaro Prize" by a foundation for education. He completed an MBA from the Indian School of Business as an Ambassadorial Scholar of Rotary Foundation in 2011. After his MBA, he started a "Mirai no Jushoku-Juku" project or temple management school for Buddhist priests and monks. In 2013, he was nominated as a member of Young Global Leaders from the World Economic Forum. In 2019, he was also appointed as a member of the Global Future Councils from the World Economic Forum. He has published five titles, and "A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind" was translated into more than fifteen languages.

    Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist; he received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016. Rabbi Amichai is a member of the Global Justice Fellowship of the American Jewish World Service, a founding member of the Jewish Emergent Network, and serves on the Reboot Network faculty. Since 2018 he serves on the Advisory Council of the International School for Peace – a Refugee Support Project in Greece. Rabbi Amichai has been hailed as "an iconoclastic mystic" by Time Out New York, a "rock star" by the New York Times, a "Judaic Pied Piper" by the Denver Westword, a "maverick spiritual leader" by The Times of Israel and "one of the most interesting thinkers in the Jewish world" by the Jewish Week. In 2016 The Forward named him one of the thirty-two "Most Inspiring Rabbis" in America, and in 2017 he was top five on "The Forward 50," their annual list of the most influential and accomplished Jews in America. In June 2017, Rabbi Amichai published the JOY Proposal, offering a new response to the reality of Intermarriage and taking on a personal position on this issue, including his resignation from the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement. Amichai is Abba to Alice, Ezra, and Charlotte.

  • COVID-19 is an x-ray of racial injustice, inequality, and ineffectual government as well as a rehearsal for climate catastrophe. It exposes a modern mind that maintains the myth of solutions, newness, freedom, and universals. That mind gives authority to new digital technologies, econometrics, and law, to segregate and eliminate problems. COVID graphically models the productive entanglement between problems as well as forms for re-tuning and redesigning those entanglements. Interplay itself is the form—protocols of interplay that resist solutions or modular methodologies. Unfolding over time and indeterminate in order to be practical, they generate lumpy mixtures of different kinds of artifacts in space. Consider design protocols that deal with, among many other things, automation, migration, police defunding, cooperative land tenure, coastal retreat, reforestation and compounding reparations.


    Keller Easterling is an architect, writer and professor at Yale. Her most recent book, Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space (Verso, 2014), examines global infrastructure as a medium of polity. A recently published e-book essay titled Medium Design (Strelka Press, 2018) previews a forthcoming book of the same title. Medium Design inverts an emphasis on object and figure to prompt innovative thought about both spatial and non-spatial problems. Other books include: Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture and its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005) which researched familiar spatial products in difficult or hyperbolic political situations around the world. Organization Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 1999) which applied network theory to a discussion of American infrastructure, and Subtraction (Sternberg, 2014), which considers building removal or how to put the development machine into reverse. Easterling is a 2019 United States Artist Fellow in Architecture and Design. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Blueprint Award for Critical Thinking. Her MANY project, an online platform facilitating migration through an exchange of needs, was exhibited at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Her research and writing on the floor comprised one of the elements in Rem Koolhaas's Elements exhibition for the 2014 Venice Biennale. Easterling is also the co-author (with Richard Prelinger) of Call it Home: The House that Private Enterprise Built, a laserdisc/DVD history of US suburbia from 1934–1960. She has published web installations including: Extrastatecraft, Wildcards: a Game of Orgman and Highline: Plotting NYC. Easterling has exhibited at Henry Art Gallery, the Istanbul Design Biennale, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Rotterdam Biennale, the Queens Museum and the Architectural League. Easterling has lectured and published widely in the United States and abroad. The journals to which she has contributed include Domus, Artforum, Grey Room, Cabinet, Volume, Assemblage, e-flux, Log, Praxis, Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, and ANY.

    Shumi Bose is a teacher, curator and editor based in London. She is a senior lecturer in history and theory of architecture at Central Saint Martins, and teaches Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. She is also curator of exhibitions at the Royal Institute of British Architects. Exhibitions include Freestyle: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media, a RIBA commission by Space Popular, currently on both virtual and shuttered physical display, and Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo Georgian Architecture, with Pablo Bronstein in 2017. . Shumi co-curated Home Economics at the British Pavilion, for the 15th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2016, exploring the future of the home through a series of 1:1 domestic proposals. In 2012, she was curatorial collaborator and publications editor for Sir David Chipperfield on Common Ground, the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Shumi has held editorial positions at Blueprint, Strelka Press, Afterall, Volume and the Architects’ Journal, and contributes to titles including PIN UP, Metropolis and Avery Review. In 2015, she co-founded the publication Real Review, currently run by Jack Self. Recent publications include Spatial Practices: Modes of Action and Engagement with the City (ed. Mel Dodd, Routledge, 2019), Home Economics (The Spaces, 2016), Places for Strangers (with mæ architects, Park Books, 2014) and Real Estates (with Fulcrum, Bedford Press, 2014).