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WIRED25 Day 2: How to Build a More Resilient World

On the second day of the WIRED25 three-part virtual speaker series, topics ranged from the disastrous effects of the Anthropocene to the importance of journalism in an authoritarian regime. Today’s premise: how to make our communities, systems, and planet more resilient. Sarah Friar, the CEO of Nextdoor, kickstarted the discussions with an interview by Lauren Goode, a senior writer at WIRED and host of the Get WIRED podcast. As communities around the world suddenly faced Covid-19 lockdowns, Friar explained, Nextdoor was there to “cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighbor to rely on.” The site, based in 268,000 neighborhoods in 11 countries, aims to foster trust and kindness among locals through user verification measures, promoting positive posts, and moderating heated debates. Even in the pre-pandemic world, the company’s research showed that loneliness plagues people around the globe and from every walk of life—a condition whose effects have been equated to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. So while those living on opposite sides of a picket fence may not look or think the same, she explained, an outstretched hand during a time of crisis might just save a life. Empathy, above all, is key. Arielle Pardes, a senior writer at WIRED, was then joined by venture capitalists Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae. Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a fund designed to promote underrepresented innovators. Rae is the CEO and managing partner of the Engine, whose stated goal is to back founders with transformational tech…Continue readingWIRED25 Day 2: How to Build a More Resilient World

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How to Watch WIRED25 2020

So far, 2020 has made the future seem scary, if not unimaginable. But it’s still possible to feel excited about what comes next, and this year’s WIRED25 honorees are here to pave the way. During a normal WIRED25 celebration of our annual list, we would gather in San Francisco to hear from CEOs, activists, scientists, authors, and more. This year is hardly normal, so instead we’re bringing the conversation to you. Come back to this page at noon Eastern for the next installment of a series of livestream events with the visionaries, community builders, and problem solvers working to ensure a rosier tomorrow: We’ll hear from the likes of Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar and journalist Maria Ressa, and we’ll learn more about building resilience for ourselves and for the planet. SUBSCRIBE Subscribe to WIRED to catch the biggest stories on tech, science, and the future of how we live. We’ll be livestreaming the entirety of the event on this page, and you can follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. All WIRED25 livestream conversations are free to attend; register here to join (and get the recipe for the WIRED25 signature cocktail, plus a chance to hang out “backstage” and chat with speakers). In the meantime, you can check out last year’s event here. Below is the full schedule of WIRED25 2020. (Note: These events are subject to change. Check the event schedule page for updates.) Celia Hodent, game UX strategist, and Drew Blackard, VP of product management, Samsung Electronics America,…Continue readingHow to Watch WIRED25 2020

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WIRED25: Ghetto Gastro Sees Food as a Weapon

The tenets of Ghetto Gastro are as follows: Be the catalyst. Empower the community. And “vibes.” For Jon Gray, one-third of the Bronx food collective, it’s simple: “We’re storytellers. We use food and experiences around food history to tell stories about culture and life.” Along with cofounders Lester Walker and Pierre Serrao, Gray spoke during the opening night of WIRED25 about the importance of food justice, changing value systems around cooking, and the future of the culinary world in underrepresented communities. The WIRED25 honorees—part of a group of change-makers across tech, entertainment, and media—were joined by the restaurateur Gabriela Cámara, of the famed eateries Contramar (Mexico City) and Cala (San Francisco). SUBSCRIBE Subscribe to WIRED to catch the biggest stories on tech, science, and the future of how we live. Informally known as the “Black Power kitchen of tomorrow,” Ghetto Gastro is a global enterprise headquartered in the Bronx, home to one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country. It’s that very obstacle that fuels them to end “generational cycles of diseases” and use “food as a weapon.” Although the phrase was originally coined in the 1970s by former secretary of agriculture Earl Butz as a slogan to combat political unrest and the threat of communism, the saying has taken on a stronger relevance today. Food, Serrao said, was originally “a system that’s been designed for people to be oppressed, for people to not operate at their optimum self, by feeding them foods that are full of…Continue readingWIRED25: Ghetto Gastro Sees Food as a Weapon

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WIRED25 Day 1: Be Empathetic to Each Other

To kick off this year’s WIRED25, a group of entrepreneurs, filmmakers, cooks, and actors gathered (virtually) to discuss how they’re improving the world through art and culture. During a conversation with WIRED editor in chief, Nick Thompson, Netflix co-CEO and cofounder Reed Hastings described how he has maintained a culture of innovation at Netflix and how the company has risen to the challenge of entertaining a global audience. Also in discussion: the mechanics behind Netflix’s recommendation algorithm, the future of his company, and the quiet beauty of Paul Dano’s directorial debut Wildlife. Executive editor of Bon Appétit, Sonia Chopra, then led a talk on sustainability and equitable work practices in the food industry. Joining her was Gabriela Cámara, a chef and owner of the beloved Cala restaurant in San Francisco and Contramar in Mexico City. Accompanying them were Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, and Lester Walker, the cofounders of the culinary collective Ghetto Gastro. During the talk, Serrao noted “food is a system that’s been designed for people to be oppressed, for people to not operate at their optimum self by feeding them foods that are full of sugars and pesticides, processed foods.” Together, these socially conscious cooks and business owners have pushed their industry and consumers toward healthier, greener, and more egalitarian eating habits. As Serrao put it, we need to be “conscious about the sourcing and what we’re consuming.” Next up, Nia DaCosta, the director of Little Woods and the hotly anticipated Candyman (coming in 2021), chatted with Jason…Continue readingWIRED25 Day 1: Be Empathetic to Each Other

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WIRED25: Netflix’s Reed Hastings on Broadening Your Horizons

Thanks to Covid-19, the mantra for 2020 has got to be “quarantine and chill.” Good thing Netflix is here to “entertain people all over the world,” as the company’s cofounder Reed Hastings explained at this year’s WIRED25. Sating the global entertainment palate, though, requires an undying spirit of invention as well as narratives that span both the US and abroad. Netflix’s secret, according to Hasting’s new book No Rules Rules, is that it values its workers over its work process. It’s this employee-centric attitude that allows a startup to maintain a culture of innovation as it grows from, say, a 30-person rent-by-mail DVD provider into the world’s largest streaming service, with a film production arm that rivals Hollywood’s Big Six. SUBSCRIBE Subscribe to WIRED to catch the biggest stories on tech, science, and the future of how we live. The service offers movies and TV shows made in Spain, Germany, Japan, Korea, the UK, Brazil, and more, providing lockdowners with stories from everywhere to everyone. “If you’re a globalist, like I am,” Hastings said in an interview with WIRED editor-in-chief Nick Thompson, “you want to knit the world together and you want people to understand, respect, love, and appreciate each other. And entertainment is a key part of how that happens.” And during a time of rampant nationalism, if culture is the antidote to bigotry, stream on! Hastings’ globalist ethos, however, doesn’t translate to tracking your travel plans for better binge-worthy recommendations. So while the occasional Korean flick might pop…Continue readingWIRED25: Netflix’s Reed Hastings on Broadening Your Horizons