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Big Tech: Act III

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It starts with a pool game.  

It ends with a riot.  

And in the middle, there’s a guy who sounds a lot like Henry Kissinger.

Except he makes tea.

The plans have been made.  The execution is proving hard.  We’ve had to bring some extra talent to the project (and some time soon we’ll have to thin about how much that talent is costing.)  The client is not helping things much and we’re undermining ourselves. 

The third act of “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know”, a story of how Tech misjudges government and government underestimates the purveyors technology.  

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: Act II

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Usual cast of characters.

A tech bro who is a bully. 

A very smart CEO who just doesn’t seem to understand.  

A consultant who is finding her way in a lost, lost world.

Plus there are a pair of coworkers who have great sport commenting on the situation, the owner of a woman’t coworkspace that is treated with foreclosure and a Washington insider who once ran the world, even though he is constantly flummoxed by toner cartridges.  

Thus begins our second act of “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know”, a story of how Tech misjudges government and government underestimates the purveyors technology.  

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: 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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Audio Drama

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We’re an Audio Drama.

We live on the Internet.

We tell stories of work and tech and power and love and loss.

Consultants in Germany.  Artificial Intelligence in Seattle.  A startup in Mountain View.  Books that we read so you don’t have to.  An little entrepreneur  who knows things her elders never will.

We tell you a story.

We’re How We Manage Stuff.  

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale 
  • Margaux Amie 
  • Zoe Anastassiou 
  • Debbon Ayer 
  • Ron Bianchi 
  • Anastasia Deloret 
  • Geoffrey Grie
  • Kit Kuksenok
  • Josh LaForce 
  • Noah Masur
  • Jake Minevich 
  • Skippy
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf

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Big Tech: Bank Shot

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It’s just physics, right?

 Set the ball in motion, it bounces off the cushion, hits another, falls into the pocket, just as you’d expect.

Except it doesn’t

The leadership of Talking and Shopping is frustrated with Washington and Washington is tired of them.  There are problems on the horizon, balls on the table, and little strategy for how to bring the game to an end.  

And we choose a pool table in a bar to discuss what we might do.  

The twelfth episode of the Audio Drama “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know.”  Special Guest Christian Conn of NYC portrays Gar Simons, the advisor with only one word of advice: “Get Out Now!”  

Cast:

  • Christian Conn – Gar Simons, billiard player & business guy
  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS
  • Debbon Ayer – Abby Alton, CEO of T & S
  • Geoffrey Grier –  Vinny of HWMS; 
  • Kit Kuksenok –  Sulley, Ed Kowalski, CTO of Talking & Shopping
  • Jake Minevich – Chad Dockerly of Technica Publica
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: By Any Other Name

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The questions are simple.

The answers?   We don’t know.

At best, we have a senatorial aide who doesn’t know how to type.

Or is incapable of being sociable.

Abby Alton of T&S is preparing for an appearance before the Senate.  Her consultants meeting with key staff members but don’t exactly leave satisfied.   

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

Cast:

  • Sahara Ale – Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor
  • Margaux Amie –  Evelyne, Operations Manager of HWMS, Rachel D’Fino, aide to Senator Kristine Stassen
  • Zoe Anastassiou – Habi Zolah, Senatorial Aide
  • Ron Bianchi – Roger of Senator Stassen’s Office
  • Geoffrey Grier –  Vinny of HWMS; 
  • Josh LaForce – Sulley, Washington Director, HWMS 
  • Noah Masur – Buckley Williams, CEO of Foundation for a Digital Future
  • Sarah Corbyn Woolf – Anna the Intern
  • Skippy – Himself

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Big Tech: A Pillar of Fire By Day

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There’s a reason. 

A senatorial aide who seems inept at social media?

There’s a reason. 

A trade association director who seems to be speaking in tongues?

There’s a reason.  

An administrative assistant who has a little too much data about you, about your roommate, and about the stain on the carpet floor?

There’s certain a reason for that.

The senior leadership of the  Internet firm Talking and Shopping arrives in Washington DC to see how much or how little they understand about national politics.  

There certainly is a reason for this.  

Fifth episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale
  • Buckley Williams of FDF – Noah Masur
  • Rachel D’Fino, Assistant to Senator Stassen – Margaux Amie
  • Roger, Social Media Expert – Ron Bianchi
  • Victor, Assistant to Abby Alton – Jake Minevich
  • Abbe Alton, CEO of T&S – Debbon Ayer

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Big Tech: The Kind of Mess

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Does this happen to you?

Your Uber Driver knows more than you’re client?

It’s embarrassing, yes?

Big Tech spends millions, hundreds of millions, of dollars in Washington and what do they get for their money?  

A service.  

Nothing more.

A service.  That’s it.

Why is that a problem you ask?  

It’s the problem of the Gig Economy.  When you hire a contractor to do your bidding, key bits of information don’t flow across the contractual boarder.  Knowledge often fails to make the leap.  History certainly is left on the curb when the driver pulls away.  And wisdom?  Lonely wisdom?  Clutching her purse and hoping for the best?  

Fourth episode in the new series begins “What Big Tech Doesn’t Know” from the audio drama “How We Manage Stuff.”

Cast:

  • Sulley, HWMS Washington Director – Josh LaForce
  • Yasmin, Attorney-Advisor – Sahara Ale
  • Anna  – Sarah Corbyn Woolf
  • Ed Kowalski of T&S – Kit Kuksenok
  • Morris Fitz, of NTIA – Geoffrey Grier
  • Bashir the Uber Driver – Ron Bianchi

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