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  1. How to Parent while going through a Spiritual Migration with Brian McLaren

    Brian McLaren, like many of us, grew up fundamentalist and then evangelical, and he has been a thought leader in forging a path forward to finding a way to sustain faith that is inclusive and healthy for the world. I am honored to invite him onto the show today to give us some of his predictions of what the faith landscape will look like as our children grow into adulthood. 

In addition to a bird’s eye view, Brian gives some really practical tip for how to talk navigate literal readings of Scripture with young children, how to engage fundamentalist family members, but by far my favorite part of the interview was the last question when I ask him to give a little hope to those of us disillusioned by toxic religiosity. You won’t want to miss his response, I want to shout it from the rooftops with my raging enneagram 8 soul.


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  2. How the iPhone rewrote the teenage brain

    Lawyer and social researcher David Gillespie has been delving into the complex business of the teenage brain.

    He says the usual teenage compulsions like smoking, drinking and drug taking are in steep decline, as teenagers are now more likely to seek a pleasure hit from their screens.

    But the games and social media apps they use are deliberately engineered to be addictive.

    Unlike drugs and cigarettes, their devices are supported by schools and parents, with few restrictions on their use.


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  3. CM 032: Doug 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?

    Doug Rushkoff asks us to consider that topic in his latest bestselling book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity. Rushkoff is a professor of media theory and digital economics at Queens College, CUNY. He is the bestselling author of a dozen other books, including Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, and Life Inc.

    In this episode, we talk about:

    Why Doug sees growth as the culprit in our current economy
    The unmet promise of technology and the long tail for artists and creatives
    How big data analytics reduces unpredictability and, thereby, innovation
    Ways more of us can take ownership of the platforms putting us out of work
    How it is not the job we want but the meaning, purpose, and material benefits work gives
    Money as a verb
    How currency tools like blockchain can help us rethink power and authority
    Twitter as a textbook case of tech success but growth company failure
    How digital distributism can trump digital industrialism
    The shift from tech as energizing to energy sucking

    Ruskhoff also talks about how he thinks about technology use in his own life, including which tools he chooses to use and why.

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