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The Life Itself Podcast

The Life Itself Podcast

By Rufus Pollock
Welcome to the Life Itself Podcast, we where sit down to have conversations with thought leaders and seek solutions to our current crises by exploring emerging culture and technology.
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KlimaDAO & Life Itself: In Conversation Part One
In a previous episode, Collective Action Problems & Climate Change, Steven Diehl and Rufus Pollock discussed the utility of web3 in tackling collective action problems and climate change, using KlimaDAO as a case study. In a follow up to this conversation, Rufus and Theo from Life Itself Labs sat down with Marcus Aurelius and 0xy moron, two core members of KlimaDAO, to discuss the KlimaDAO model, its inspirations and its aims.  This is part 1 of a two-part sit down with Klima. Keep your eyes peeled for part 2! For more information on this episode and to learn more about our Making Sense of Crypto and Web3 project visit https://web3.lifeitself.us/notes/in-conversation-with-klimadao-part-one KlimaDAO is a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) focused on increasing the cost of carbon emissions to disrupt the carbon markets. By accelerating the price growth of carbon assets, KlimaDAO strives to motivate companies to reduce their emissions.  Learn more about KlimaDAO at www.klimadao.finance
01:42:04
May 17, 2022
Bitcoin as an Anti-Authoritarian Force
Episode #7 of our ongoing deep dive into #crypto and #web3 with Rufus Pollock and Stephen Diehl. This week we’re exploring the thesis that Bitcoin (and crypto more generally) is an anti-authoritarian force and can help undermine tyranny. To view notes, references and key concepts from this episode, visit: https://web3.lifeitself.us/notes/bitcoin-as-anti-authoritarian To learn more about our Making Sense of Crypto & Web3 series visit: https://web3.lifeitself.us/ Stephen Diehl is a software engineer, writer and Web3 expert. He has written many articles about the topic on his blog at stephendiehl.com and has been featured in several podcasts on the topic. To learn more from Stephen Diehl: https://www.stephendiehl.com/ https://twitter.com/smdiehl
56:50
May 10, 2022
A Macroeconomics Perspective on Cryptocurrencies
In this episode of our Making Sense of #Crypto and #Web3 series, Stephen Diehl is joined by economist and data scientist, Matthew Ranger, in a discussion on crypto assets from a macroeconomics perspective.  You can learn more about Matthew and his work here: https://www.singlelunch.com/ To learn more about our Making Sense of Web3 series visit https://web3.lifeitself.us/
01:01:08
May 03, 2022
Cory Doctorow on Blockchain, Crypto & Web3
In this episode of our Making Sense of #Crypto and #Web3 series, Rufus Pollock is joined by activist, journalist and author Cory Doctorow. Cory outlines the problems he sees within the web3 space; economic, technological, and ethical. You can learn more about Cory and his work here: https://pluralistic.net/ https://doctorow.medium.com/ To learn more about our Making Sense of Web3 series visit https://web3.lifeitself.us/
01:14:06
April 26, 2022
Open Collective, Steward Ownership & Exit to Community with Pia Mancini
In this episode of our Making Sense of Web3 series, Rufus Pollock speaks with Pia Mancini on Open Collective, steward ownership and exit to community. Pia Mancini is a democracy activist, open source sustainer, co-founder & CEO at Open Collective and Chair of Democracy Earth Foundation.  You can learn more about Pia and her work here:  https://www.piamancini.com/  https://opencollective.com/  https://democracy.earth/    To learn more about our Web3: Possibilities & Challenges series visit https://web3.lifeitself.us/
01:06:48
April 25, 2022
Collective Action Problems & Climate Change
In episode #6 of our series of deep dives into #crypto and #web3, Rufus Pollock and Stephen Diehl explore the interaction of climate change and public goods problems. They focus on KlimaDAO as an example of an attempted solution to solve a public goods problem within the climate space using a Decentralized Autonomous Organization. To view the notes from this episode as well as references and key concepts, visit: https://web3.lifeitself.us/notes/collective-action-problems-and-climate-change  To learn more about our Web3: Possibilities & Challenges series visit https://web3.lifeitself.us/ Stephen Diehl is a software engineer, writer and Web3 expert. He has written many articles about the topic on his blog at stephendiehl.com and has been featured in several podcasts on the topic. To learn more from Stephen Diehl: https://www.stephendiehl.com/ https://twitter.com/smdiehl
58:32
April 13, 2022
Fintech Incrementalism and Responsible Innovation
Episode #5 in our ongoing deep dive into #web3 and #crypto. This week, Rufus Pollock and Stephen Diehl explore the claim that blockchain can be a vehicle for increase in financialization through the development of more complex, blockchain based financial products. To view the notes from this episode as well as references and key concepts, visit: https://web3.lifeitself.us/notes/fintech-incrementalism-and-responsible-innovation  To learn more about our Making Sense of Crypto and Web3 project visit: https://web3.lifeitself.us/    Stephen Diehl is a software engineer, writer and Web3 expert. He has written many articles about the topic on his blog at stephendiehl.com and has been featured in several podcasts on the topic.  To learn more from Stephen Diehl: https://www.stephendiehl.com/  https://twitter.com/smdiehl
01:04:43
April 04, 2022
On Web3 and Post-State Technocracy with Stephen Diehl & Rufus Pollock
Episode #4 in our ongoing deep dive into #web3 and #crypto. This week, Rufus Pollock and Stephen Diehl explore a more utopian aspiration of crypto and web3: a transition from the existing US-led international order to a world in which blockchain technology and technocracy are the new foundations for global human governance.  To view the notes from this episode as well as references and key concepts, visit: https://web3.lifeitself.us/notes/post-state-technocracy  To learn more about our Making Sense of Crypto and Web3 project visit: https://web3.lifeitself.us/  Stephen Diehl is a software engineer, writer and Web3 expert. He has written many articles about the topic on his blog at stephendiehl.com and has been featured in major news outlets and podcasts.    To learn more from Stephen Diehl:  https://www.stephendiehl.com/ https://twitter.com/smdiehl
01:06:39
March 23, 2022
Are Cryptocurrencies Securities? The Nature of Securities & Their Relation to Crypto Tokens with Stephen Diehl
Episode #3 in our ongoing deep dive into #web3 and #crypto. Rufus Pollock and Stephen Diehl discuss financial products known as securities, their relationship to crypto tokens and the regulatory framework that exists around these structures.   To learn more about our Web3: Possibilities & Challenges series visit https://lifeitself.us/web3/  Stephen Diehl is a software engineer, writer and Web3 export. He has written many articles about the topic on his blog at stephendiehl.com and has been featured in major news outlets and podcasts.     To learn more from Stephen Diehl:  https://www.stephendiehl.com/  https://twitter.com/smdiehl
01:02:59
March 16, 2022
Crypto, Traders and Unfettered Financial Markets with Stephen Diehl
Episode #2 with Stephen Diehl in our ongoing deep dive into #web3 and #crypto. We discuss the view that crypto are just risky assets and that unfettered and unregulated financial markets are desirable ("Free markets are good and the less regulation the more free ...").  To learn more about our Web3: Possibilities & Challenges series visit https://lifeitself.us/web3/ Stephen Diehl is a software engineer, writer and Web3 export. He has written many articles about the topic on his blog at stephendiehl.com and has been featured in major news outlets and podcasts.   To learn more from Stephen Diehl: https://www.stephendiehl.com/ https://twitter.com/smdiehl
56:43
March 10, 2022
Jordan Hall on the Potential of DAOs
This episode is about the potential of DAOs for social change. Alongside host and Life Itself Co-founder, Rufus Pollock, we invite Jordan Hall, a philosopher, entrepreneur and prolific speaker in the Web3 space. He has been building disruptive technology companies for over 17 years and is the co-founder of Game B, the Neurohacker Collective and more recently the Civium Project. Learn more: https://lifeitself.us/web3
57:02
March 03, 2022
Stephen Diehl on Web3, Bitcoin & Neometalism
This episode is about the narrative of Bitcoin and the Neo-Metallist thesis i.e. that a gold-standard was good and a Bitcoin standard would be even better. Alongside host and Life Itself Co-founder, Rufus Pollock, we invite Stephen Diehl, a software engineer, writer and Web3 critic, who has been outspoken on cryptocurrency, NFTs and Web3. Learn more: https://lifeitself.us/web3
01:12:55
February 24, 2022
Richard D. Bartlett & Stephen Reid on Critical Exploration of Web3
Just what is Web3, why are people so excited about it, and how likely is it to really change the world? In this episode, Life Itself co-founder Rufus Pollock talks with Rich Bartlett and Stephen Reid on the promises, possibilities and pitfalls of Web3.    Learn more: https://lifeitself.us/web3/ Richard D. Bartlett Has operated in the space of decentralised governance for some time through projects such as Loomio, The Hum and Microsolidarity. He is also a Director and longstanding member of Enspiral - a network of people supporting each other to grow up and to get paid for doing meaningful work. Richard is a recent convert to the power of Web3 in supporting decentralised governance.    Stephen Reid is a teacher and technologist devoted to the flourishing of Life on Earth who has trained in the fields of complexity science, physics, software development, meditation, psychotherapy, plant medicine, conscious sexuality and political activism. He is currently teacher of the How to DAO, Tools for the Regenerative Renaissance, The Promise of Decentralisation & Introduction to web3 courses, and a member of the not-for-profit worker co-operative Dandelion Collective, where he leads the development of the Dandelion platform for ticketed events and co-created gatherings.  
01:24:44
February 17, 2022
Liam Kavanagh on Introduction to Sustainable Wellbeing
Sustainable wellbeing is an obvious organising principle for society: that we should live in a way that enables future generations to enjoy being alive as much as us (or more). Yet this ethos is not truly at the heart of either the environmental movement or the well-being movement – or society as a whole. Why is that? And can that change? In this episode, Rufus Pollock talks with Liam Kavanagh, Lead of Life Itself Labs. We explore what sustainable wellbeing is: as principle, as a movement and as a political strategy. Finally, we look at why this is an approach whose time has finally come. https://lifeitself.us/sustainable-wellbeing/ Key points: “Wellbeing” is policy’s goal, but has associations of meek compromise, and also recent acceptance of inner routes to greater welfare In times of crisis we need to be bold and unafraid of hard issues like land policy for community while still embracing scientific understanding and inner work. More radical propositions will become politically viable as extreme weather accumulates We need to prepare a plan for the time when people are ready to push it. Some specific policies we can start with, now. Further links https://lifeitself.us/ https://lifeitself.us/labs/ https://lifeitself.us/ontological-politics/
01:01:00
December 17, 2021