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SidePocket: Leaving Detroit

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It’s an ordinary story. 

And perhaps a bit of a fantasy.

But perhaps our time  could benefit from an ordinary story.  

A young African-American leaves Detroit in the mid-1980s to see what he might do in Silicon Valley and in the process, learns something about investment, governance and decisions (both good and bad).  Revisiting the audio drama of Vinny and SidePocket

Cast:

  • Zoe Anastassiou – Maddie, the 8 Year Old Entrepreneur
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny 
  • Noah Masur – Curt
  • Sahara Ale – Jessie
  • Jake Minevich – Dennis
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: Act I

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They seem like such nice people.  

It’s just too bad that things didn’t quite go as planned.  

We have a young attorney advisor.

And a director of public relations .

And an mess they didn’t anticipate.  

The How We Manage Stuff audio drama tackles the issue of technology in government.  The leaders of an internet giant, Talking & Shopping, arrive in Washington in an effort to improve their public image and then immediately start taking steps to destroy it.  

They have no idea what they are doing.  None at all. 

And so they have hired consultants, the boutique group How We Manage Stuff, to help them in their perilous task.  Along the way they meet bureaucrats in love with their own voice, Congressional Aides in with political gossip, and interns in love with the mere image of leadership.  

So begins our tale.  The first seven episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie – Rachel D’Fino, aide to Senator Stassen; Senator Christine Stassen; Evelyne of T&S
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith of Beva’s Place; Waiter; Female Aide
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Ron Bianchi – The Ancient One; Waiter; Bashir, the Uber Driver
  • Anastasia Deloret – Karine from the EU Office
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Kit Kusenok – Ed Kowalski, CTO of T&S
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Noah Masur – Buckley Williams of Federation for Digital Future; Male Aide
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; Chad Dockerly of Technica Publica
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna, once an Intern

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Big Tech: The Right Clothes

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Gravitas.

How important is gravitas, social authority, to a tech organization?  

Afterall, they are the ones who claim that they are trying to disrupt society, to remove older barriers, to build new structures that are more profitable to all.  

If that is the case, if their power comes from forces outside society, then whey do they need social weight?

And why how do they need to dress if they are to claim that they have gravitas.  

Karine Tisserand, the head of the How We Manage Stuff European Union Office agrees to come to Washington in an effort to fix a project that is sliding, inch by inch, out of control.  Abby Alton, the head of Talking and Shopping, meets with Congressional Staff.  And finally, Sullivan asks if the4 HWMS Washington office is facing a rebuke for its lack of progress.  

The thirteen episode of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”  

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie – Evelyn of How We Manage Stuff
  • Margaux Amie – Rachel D’Fino aid to Senator Stassen
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Faith of Beva’s Place
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton of T&S
  • Ron Bianchi – The Ancient One
  • Anastasia Deloret – Karine Tissarand, Head of HWMS EU Office
  • Geoffrey Grier – Vinny of How We Manage Stuff
  • Josh LaForce – Sullivan of How We Manage Stuff
  • Jake Minevich – Victor of T & S
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: Mother Comes Home from the War

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Hardship means different things at different times.  

Abby Alton, the CEO of Talking and Shopping, finishes a long day of meeting members of Congress.  

In place of a moment of rest, she is faced with an obsequious assistant, an aide who has yet to understand the invasive nature of modern retail, and a consultant who has learned a story of political trouble.  

Birnham Wood may be starting to move to Dunsinane.   The leadership T&S is starting to grasp that success in the market is not the same thing as success in Washington.  

So starts the second act of our tale.  The eighth episodes of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T&S
  • Geoffrey Grier – Fitz Morris of NTIA; Vinny of HWMS
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley Bowman, Director HWMS Washington Office
  • Jake Minevich – Victor Numerov of T&S; 
  • Skippy – Maggy, the Fury

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Disrupting the Schumpethon

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Skill or Habit? What belongs to the first category and what belongs to the second? And how can technology better promote skill? That is the primary question of this week’s podcast and we take a long time to answer it. Our trip takes us through the writings of Adam Smith, an app that can calculate net wealth from a business card and an eight year old disruptive innovator who will never move to Brooklyn “because everyone knows that the best startups aren’t in Brooklyn.”

Cast:  

  • Maddie Insullie – Zoe Anastassiou
  • Vinny LeGoff- Geoffrey Grier
  • Penelope Othmar – Debbon Ayer

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UnknownThe Schumpethon is business pitch contest of the Lillian Moller Gilbreth School for Disruptive Innovation, the fictional school that is next to our fictional office in Silicon Valley. It is, of course, named for Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1960) the Austrian economist who studied business cycles and argued that recessions helped move capital from less efficient industries to more efficient industries. This episode introduces Maddie, one of the competitors in this year’s contest. This is not her first Schumpethon but as she is only eight, she will have many more opportunities to disrupt.

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Holiday Special – Songs of Comfort and Joy

errant.coverart Every community should have tradition for the December Holidays.  Our tradition comes the predecessor to this drama, the podcast “Errant Hashtag.”  This is an adaptation the essay “Songs of Comfort and Joy.” Two notes, while this is dramatic, it is not technically drama.  The event actually occurred at the Computing Center of Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas.  It was documented in the Dallas newspapers.  Second, the Producer’s father is in the center of the back row. [15310]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

The Dramatic Turn

errant.coverart HWMS did not long remain a conventional podcast, if it ever was conventional.  In the summer of 2015, we interrupted an interview by parading a French Army band through the studio. By the fall of 2015, we knew that we wanted to move another direction.  We went looking for dramatic talent, hired actor Sarah Corbyn Woolf, and put her on stage as Anna-the-Intern. Anna believed that technical information was transient, that it could be easily purchased on the open market and that the real guarantors of success were the ability to read a room and to express yourself with confidence. Sadly, she is probably right on all points. The HWMS Drama begins. [15260]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail

HWMS: A Conventional Start

errant.coverart HWMS began as conventional podcast. More or less. (Probably less but we wouldn’t admit it.) It followed in the footsteps of three successful podcasts: “Known World” (2007-2009); “Crowdpod” (2010-2012), and “Errant Hashtag” (2013-2015). All three had become books: Too Soon To Tell (Wiley 2009), Crowdsourcing for Dummies (Wiley 2012), and The Company We Keep (IEEE Computer Society 2015). As was common to podcasts that started in the mid-teens, the founders believed that they could recreate the conversations that they had in private. They were probably right but they hadn’t been entirely honest with themselves about the nature of those conversations. They were always a little dramatic. [15100]Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail