The National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3) is excited to announce that author and social commentator Douglas Rushkoff will be a keynote speaker at ComCap19 in June. Building on his recently released book and popular podcast, Team Human, Rushkoff will discuss how we can optimize the economy for people, instead of the other way around.
Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc., and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His book Coercion won the Marshall McLuhan Award, and the Media Ecology Association honored him with the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity.
Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. He coined such concepts as “viral media,” “screenagers,” and “social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice. He a research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. He is a columnist for Medium, and his novels and comics, Ecstasy Club, A.D.D., and Aleister & Adolf, are all being developed for the screen.
ComCap19 is a multi-day gathering that offers a unique educational and networking opportunity for all those working toward equitable, resilient, and engaged communities. The conference will take place June 11-13, 2019, at the College for Creative Studies’ Taubman Center in Midtown Detroit, with an opening reception at the Jam Handy. Other confirmed speakers include Angela Barbash of Revalue, Brian Beckon of Cutting Edge Capital, Amy Cortese of Locavesting & Investibule, Katharine Czarnecki of MEDC, Margo Dalal of the Detroit Community Wealth Fund, Oran Hesterman of the Fair Food Network, Bill Huston of Our Crowd Rocks, Chris Miller of the City of Adrian, Alexandra Mills of Port Covington Development, Kwaku Osei of Cooperative Capital, Eve Picker of Small Change, Louisa Schibli, Janice Shade of the Initiative for Local Capital, and economist and author Michael Shuman.