Episode 04 - Ben Koo - Bridge to the future

Intro

It's December 2015. In a classroom, next to Prof. Ben Koo's office, we sat down to discuss Ben's stories leading to him become an educator in China, after earning a PhD from MIT, in 2005. During this 57 min interview, we cover multiple interesting topics, from education reform in China to future technologies, collective consciousness, and design systems.

Story

I first met Prof. Ben at a presentation we had during the 2015 Hacker trip to China, organized by Mitch Altman. Even though Ben is part of the industrial engineering department, his work and interests expand into multiple other disciplines, such as design, pedagogy, collective intelligence, cognitive science and more. It was a pleasure to return back to China after the Hacker Trip and work with Ben for a month, supporting his efforts to co-design the iCenter and contribute to the education reform across China, more specifically - learning by doing, in makerspaces. 

Notes

People mentioned:

  1. Mitch Altman
  2. Lawrence Lessig
  3. Theodore von Kármán
  4. Karl J. Krapek

Books mentioned:

  1. Code and other laws of Cyberspace 
  2. Meta-language for Systems Architecting

Other resources:

  1. ChekWiki
  2. Hackerspaces.org

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Credits:

Ephedra - by "My Sleeping Karma"

 

Episode 03 - Mitch Altman - Distributed Empowerment

Intro

It's December. A bit freezing outside while we hang out in a small classroom at Tsinghua University and out of the 2 attempts to have a recorded conversation with Mitch Altman, today was we had a successful one. We recorded this podcast episode during my last days in China and beside this great conversation most of my Chinese experience was possible due to Mitch' inspiring attitude. 

Story

I "met" Mitch on skype in January 2013, after I watched his TEDxBrussels talk. By that time I was part of Dreamups.org, later renamed into Qodemo, and we were looking for some wisdom (aka mentors) inside the hacker / maker movement. Mitch is kinda YES MAN when it comes to people and initiatives helping the development of hackerspaces around the world. We agreed to stay in touch, but on our first meeting in San Francisco the topics of our discussion moved from startups and documentation software for makers, to life struggles, education and a bit of philosophy. Long story short - 2 years later I ended up traveling with Mitch and 20 other amazing humans through China and I learned a ton. Although a short and casual conversation, I hope you find some great resources inside. 

Notes

People mentioned:

  1. Alan Watts
  2. Evil Mad Scientist
  3. Buckminster Fuller
  4. Lady Ada 
  5. David Foster Wallace

Books mentioned:

  1. Critical Path by Buckminster Fuller
  2. The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan Watts
  3. In the absence of sacred by Jerry Mander
  4. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace 
  5. Zero to Maker by David Lang
  6. Soldering is Easy comic book by Mitch Altman & Co

Other resources:

  1. Hackerspaces.org
  2. TV-B-Gone
  3. Chaos Communication Camp
  4. Hackerspace Design Patterns
  5. Mitch's TEDxBrussels Talk.

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Credits:

Ephedra - by "My Sleeping Karma"

Episode 02 - Jo Dee - The rainbow ride

Intro

A freezing but sunny day in Beijing... as I visit a small and colorful kindergarten to have a chat with Jo Dee (Wechat username) - a great educator with lots of positive energy to share. We discuss about her worldview, travel adventures, lgbt community projects and small things in between. 

Story

I first met Jo during a joint event between a group of Beijing artists and few hackers visiting China, back in October 2015. Jo and her friends were building "The Rainbow Ride" - a fun and colorful festival tricycle for sharing personal stories. Later in December we met again at Tsinghua University for a soldering workshop, organized by Mitch Altman and it was a lot of fun. After that event a common friend of ours gave a suggestion to interview Jo and share her story. I said yes immediately and you get to enjoy the conversation now ;).

Notes

Curious facts:

  1. Traveled by bicycle from Mexico to Panama, during 3 months;
  2. Speaks English, Mandarin, Spanish and a bit of Thai;
  3. Active contributor to LGBT and feminist projects in China;
  4. Spontaneous decision making;
  5. Wants to rebrand the Pekin Duck into a symbolic rainbow duck that people can wear on T-Shirts :)

People mentioned:

  1. Sara Ahmed - Feminist Killjoy;
  2. Grace Lee Boggs.

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Credits:

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Episode 01 - Bilal Ghalib - Everything is a prototype.

Intro

On a sunny morning, as they usually are in San Francisco, I visited Bilal for a delicious breakfast and we set down to discuss some of his past experiences, life perspectives and future projects.

Story

I met Bilal, back in 2012, on a Google Hangouts call for Gemsi project - a group of people Bilal organized to promote and build hackerspaces in the Middle East. We stayed in touch ever since and met on a few occasions in San Francisco and Berlin. Bilal is one of the most spontaneous and outgoing people I have ever met. It's my pleasure to reconnect with him and bring our conversation to you, on this blog.  

Podcast notes

Books mentioned:

  1. Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor E. Frankl
  2. The Art of Loving, by Erich Fromm

People mentioned:

  1. Mitch Altman
  2. Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Links:

  1. BilalGhalib.com
  2. Gemsi.org
  3. SeeFeelDo.org
  4. nuries.com
  5. Hackerspaces.org
  6. TED.com

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Credits:

 Ephedra - by "My Sleeping Karma"

Episode zero - Why? What? How?

Intro

On this episode I, your host for the show, will give a small intro about the motivation behind the podcast, content focus and the relationship I wanna build with you - the listener. It's my first experimental episode and I am still working on ways to improve the sound and format. Please reach out if you have any comments / feedback.

Story

In the summer of 2015, after 10 years of business development and startups, I decided to shift my career into design projects. This podcast is a documentation tool for my research into human nature, storytelling, design processes  and how we can build better experiences for the world we live, right now and in the near future. 

Podcast notes

Huge gratitude goes to Tim Ferriss's amazing work and inspiration to start this podcast. Also wanna say thank you to my friends at Dream Academia and my girlfriend who has enough patience to let me travel the world and do my experiments - love you.

Credits:

 Ephedra - by "My Sleeping Karma"