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Surviving Apocalyptic Economics

with Douglas Rushkoff, Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow

Surviving Apocalyptic Economics

with Douglas Rushkoff, Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
Cory Doctorow - Photo by Jonathan Worth
Douglas Rushkoff
Rebecca Giblin

Join us for an urgent conversation and a call to action for the creative class and labor movement featuring; Douglas Rushkoff, bestselling author, journalist, professor and host of the acclaimed Team Human Podcast; Rebecca Giblin, ARC Future Fellow and Professor at Melbourne Law School, and Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, and; Cory Doctorow, bestselling science fiction writer and activist, and a special advisor to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


This event will be held in the Sanctuary and we are pleased to offer Audio Assist technology via the free Audio Everywhere App to ensure an optimal experience. Here's a short video explaining how to use it.


The tech elite have a plan to survive the apocalypse: they want to leave us all behind. Five mysterious billionaires summoned theorist Douglas Rushkoff to a desert resort for a private talk. The topic? How to survive the “Event”: the societal catastrophe they know is coming. 


In Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires, Rushkoff shows us how to transcend a world alive with algorithms and intelligences actively rewarding our most selfish tendencies—and rediscover community, mutual aid, and human interdependency.


In Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We'll Win Them Back , Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow argue that exploitative businesses are creating insurmountable barriers to competition that enable them to capture value that should rightfully go to others. All workers are weakened by this, but the problem is especially well-illustrated by the plight of creative workers. They show how powerful corporations make their markets hostile to new entrants, and then force workers and suppliers to accept unfairly low prices.


With tools ranging from transparency rights to collective action and ownership, radical interoperability, contract terminations, job guarantees, and minimum wages for creative work, they explain how to batter through those chokepoints.


PLEASE NOTE: For the safety and comfort of all patrons, masks are required to attend in person.  


Most people coming by car park for free at the Supreme Court of Canada on Wellington St.


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