Team Human is a fiery distillation of preeminent digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff's most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In one hundred lean and incisive statements, he argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together. Yet today society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Money, once a means of exchange, is now a means of exploitation; education, conceived as way to elevate the working class, has become another assembly line; and the internet has only further divided us into increasingly atomized and radicalized groups.
Team Human delivers a call to arms. If we are to resist and survive these destructive forces, we must recognize that being human is a team sport. In Rushkoff's own words: "Being social may be the whole point." Harnessing wide-ranging research on human evolution, biology, and psychology, Rushkoff shows that when we work together we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace.
Douglas Rushkoff is the best-selling author of Program or Be Programmed and fourteen other books. He serves as a professor of media theory at CUNY/Queens, where he hosts NPR’s Team Human podcast. He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
Georgia Frances King is an emerging science and technology editor based in New York. Currently the Ideas Editor for Quartz, Georgia brings a quality-of-life focus to the future's most pressing topics by translating dense, academic subjects into engaging content. A New York Times best-selling editor, she has led international teams of award-winning journalists and has moderated blockchain panels at the UN, facilitated Global Future Councils for the World Economic Forum, and has spoken about primal psychology at Creative Mornings, among other nerdy pursuits. Formerly the editor of the award-winning design magazine Kinfolk, Georgia has fused her background in lifestyle journalism with her passion for what happens next. She can also write a limerick on any subject in less than five minutes.