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The Rebirth of Peer-to-Peer Culture with Best Selling Author, Douglas Rushkoff

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We're very fortunate to have best selling author and media theorist, Douglas Rushkoff (http://www.rushkoff.com/about/) join us for a conversation about how the sharing economy can be shaped into rebirth the peer-to-peer culture that our economy was originally built on.

Douglas recently published a new book, "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity," which looks at where the digital economy has gone wrong.

"Everybody knows it, but no one knows quite how to fix it, or even how to explain the problem. Workers lose to automation, investors lose to algorithms, musicians lose to power law dynamics, drivers lose to Uber, neighborhoods lose to Airbnb, and even tech developers lose their visions to the demands of the startup economy."

Douglas Rushkoff argues that it doesn't have to be this way. This isn't the fault of digital technology at all, but the way we are deploying it: instead of building the distributed digital economy these new networks could foster, we are doubling down on the industrial age mandate for growth above all.

In this lunchtime discussion, Chelsea Rustrum, author of It's a Shareable Life, will be be in conversation with Douglas Rushkoff, diving into how we got here and what each of us can reclaim our creative power and communities through changing up business and our individual efforts.

During this conversation, we'll touch on platform cooperativism, the peer-to-peer movement, universal income, revolutions vs sustainability, the boon of the sharing economy, the changing structures of ownership, and creating an economy that values people above all else.

The event is free, but space is limited so please RSVP. After the talk, you can purchase a signed copy of Douglas Rushkoff's new book.