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The McFuture with Steve Faktor

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Join futurist, author & innovation maharishi Steve Faktor + world-famous guests for a mind-blowing guide to where tech, economics & culture are taking us. Freakier than Freakonomics, more funny than Planet Money. Featured on Forbes.

Join futurist, author & innovation maharishi Steve Faktor + world-famous guests for a mind-blowing guide to where tech, economics & culture are taking us. Freakier than Freakonomics, more funny than Planet Money. Featured on Forbes.

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NEW YORK , NY

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Join futurist, author & innovation maharishi Steve Faktor + world-famous guests for a mind-blowing guide to where tech, economics & culture are taking us. Freakier than Freakonomics, more funny than Planet Money. Featured on Forbes.

Twitter:

@ideafaktory

Language:

English


Episodes

Coronanomics 6: QuaranTips for Entrepreneurs

4/3/2020
Ideas, strategies, tactics, and examples of ways small businesses, startups and employees can survive - or even thrive - even under a pandemic quarantine. This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse. This series will cover: Opportunity – my inspiration for this series: our last recession – and why I’m optimistic we can positively...

Duration:00:19:40

Coronanomics 5: Trillion Dollar Babies

3/31/2020
How is a $2 Trillion rescue package even possible?? Where does that money come from? And what else should we be doing with it RIGHT NOW? This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse. This series will cover: Opportunity – my inspiration for this series: our last recession – and why I’m optimistic we can positively affect our outcomes....

Duration:00:12:16

CORONANOMICS 4: Jobpocalypse NOW!

3/28/2020
Is your job safe? How the coronavirus quarantine will impact jobs and the economy. This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse. This series will cover: Opportunity – my inspiration for this series: our last recession – and why I’m optimistic we can positively affect our outcomes. Forbidden Math – calculating the coronavirus death toll...

Duration:00:06:40

CORONANOMICS 3: Pass or Fail?

3/27/2020
Did we do it? Is it cured? How do we know if our leaders did well? What's a "good" outcome? Here are three measures of “success” for handling the coronavirus pandemic. This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse. This series will cover: Opportunity – my inspiration for this series: our last recession – and why I’m optimistic we can...

Duration:00:06:21

Coronanomics 2: Forbidden Math

3/26/2020
In this episode, I calculate the coronavirus death toll and DARE to put a $-value on human life. Dark and forbidden. This 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse. This series will cover: Opportunity – my inspiration for this series: our last recession – and why I’m optimistic we can positively affect our outcomes. Forbidden Math –...

Duration:00:15:40

Coronanomics 1: Opportunity

3/26/2020
This is the first of a daily, 9-part Quarantine Edition of The McFuture podcast explores the economics of the deadly Coronavirus – and how we can avoid the possibly deadlier consequences of its cure – a deep recession, or worse. Here, I explain my inspiration for this series - our last recession. And why I'm optimistic we can make something positive from this turmoil. This series will cover: Opportunity – my inspiration for this series: our last recession – and why I’m optimistic we can...

Duration:00:02:47

The Future IS BELIEF

3/11/2020
Our world sells influence, but it runs on followers. Everything around us is designed to steal attention, trigger desire, and win devotion. Our biggest winners win by creating habit or dependency. And charismatic leaders have powerful new tools to harness belief. Some, inspire positive change. Others, manipulate or weaponize our zealotry. And they have. Over 40 new belief systems have spawned beneath us, but we’ve barely noticed. Because we are all members. No one escapes “-isms”...not even...

Duration:00:39:50

BELIEF with Special Guest Pastor AR Bernard

2/25/2020
Here's a killer clip from the Q&A with AR Bernard, who does not pull punches on Mike Bloomberg, stop & frisk or taking money from Mike. (Full audio podcast below). Fresh from my recent live event on The Future of Belief, a truly spectacular chat with Pastor AR Bernard, founder of Christian Cultural Center (CCC) megachurch with over 40,000 members in NYC. Not only is the Pastor incredibly sharp, philosophical and forthright, but he is one of the most influential leaders in New York's black...

Duration:00:50:04

Anatomy of a Disruptor: Is Ricky Gervais Hollywood’s Elon Musk?

2/7/2020
What is a disruptor? What does it take to be one? And do you have what it takes? This episode attempts to define the five characteristics of true disruptor. It was inspired by Ricky Gervais's hilarious, defiant monologue at the Golden Globes, where he skewered Hollywood hypocrisy. So did Ricky disrupt Hollywood? If not, what did he do? And what will it take? And who is the real deal? Lots of great stuff here. As an experiment, this episode is also available on video here and directly on...

Duration:00:14:53

Schooled By Stiglitz – Nobel Economist’s 40-Minute Crash Course on EVERYTHING

12/18/2019
Ever get the urge to run all your wild theories by a Nobel Prize-winning economist? Well, I got to do just that with the former Chief Economist of the World Bank, Columbia University Professor, and author of: People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future We left no stone unturned in a tight 40-minute tour-de-force that covered...

Duration:00:39:19

MIND GAMES: 10 Devious Ways Companies Trick Us To Buy More

11/23/2019
The holidays are upon us. It's time to show our families how much we care...by maiming strangers for cheap flat screens at Wal-Mart. Of course, I'm joking. No one's got that kind of upper body strength, anymore. Credit cards work great from bed. But what is it that makes us buy? How do companies squeeze more and more profit from us every year? And why do we let them? On this very special holiday episode of The McFuture, I explore 10 of my favorite dirty tricks companies use to get us to...

Duration:00:36:48

Why Rage Rules & How It Heals

11/5/2019
This episode is all about POWER! And it lives somewhere between 'distraction and destruction'...remember that phrase. The 4 types of media disinformation...yet only one matters The 7 stages of our rage cycle and each player's real motives The 4 cancellation tactics of "cancel culture" And why none of it matters. Whatever side you're on, you've been played. Chumps. The real beneficiaries have been laughing at you. Until now. Why did the the laughter stop? Tune in. This is a looong but good...

Duration:01:44:52

How Sex Saves Free Speech & Stops Social Media Wars From Becoming Real Ones

10/28/2019
What if I told you Twitter was sitting on something BIG? Get your mind out of the gutter! Buried deep inside Twitter is a simple, sexy fix for our social media woes - hate speech, cancel culture, rage mobs, demonetization and silencing of free speech. The same fix would work for Facebook, YouTube, and other social media services. There's just one problem. Like a Japanese horror flick, the social media monster jumped off our iPhone screens and into the real world. And it wants our silence. In...

Duration:01:08:46

ACADEMIA NUTS: Canceling College Cultism With James Lindsay

10/17/2019
Ever wonder what a real-life Revenge of the Nerds might look like? Well, it's here. And it's nothing like the bawdy 80's sex comedy. Turns out it's more like Night of the Living (Brain) Dead and it's taking over America. Imagine if anyone who ever took a Marxist Manspreading & Toxic Phallocentrism course suddenly got to RUN THE WORLD. As if hating your parents' money wasn't bad enough... A generation of minor thinkers has unleashed a major mind-virus that's spreading from its college...

Duration:01:24:42

#DeepFakeUS – What The F Are We?

7/8/2019
Five disjointed sermons on technology and economics morph into an absurdist plea for clarity...in a country faking its way forward. Come feel the Bern of this week's episode of The McFuture podcast. In This Episode: DeepFake It Till You F%*$ It Kneel Before Nike The Real Juul of San Francisco Multipolar Bear What The F Are We? If you enjoy the show, support it on Patreon and get awesome bonus content, share it with others & review it on iTunes. Show Links: Full Joe Rogan deepfake clip...

Duration:00:52:23

The Rise & Fall of Influence…And Influencers

6/28/2019
"Influence" is the most powerful and misunderstood force in society today. It's often confused with power, fame, talent and even force. But real influence is far more graceful and subversive. Real influence is born out of conquest but wielded with grace. And real influencers have more in common with pioneers who settled the West, than Kanye West. But the recent rise of "influencers" is an insurgent attempt to rip influence from the source of its power. This episode unravels the history of...

Duration:01:13:45

Beautiful Zombies [The 12 New Rules For The Future of Media, Part 2]

6/1/2019
Sure all those social media apps on your phone have quirky logos and cutesy names. (Is Fandoogle taken?) But every one of these companies is a stone cold KILLER. While filling our days with grumpy cat videos, they fill their bellies with fleshy chunks of hopeful, desperate media partners, who learned the hard way that you can't French kiss a cannibal. In fact, media is jam-packed with half-eaten zombies that think they're alive. But most are two to six years from extinction. In this episode,...

Duration:01:02:56

The 12 New Rules For The Future of Media [Part 1: The Platformation]

5/9/2019
Why did Netflix become a devious backstabber? In a game of F***/Marry/Kill, why would Spotify marry me, murder Adele, and f*** Sony? And why the does the future of YouTube hang on our loins? Believe it or not, each of those questions is deeper and funnier than it looks. This three part series dares to take on the unwieldy future of all media - and lay out 12 new rules for consumers, creators, and media giants. Whether you love movies and want a peek behind the botox - or you work in tech,...

Duration:00:53:39

12½ Truth Bombs

4/4/2019
In this very special episode of The McFuture, we'll bust 12½* modern myths about money, business, education, tech and government. Many of our assumptions deserves ruthless scrutiny. Questioning assumptions is how we innovate and shape our future. It's how we demand more from ourselves, employers and leaders. Some of these will definitely trigger you. But a little controversy can't hurt, right...?? (If you're a patron, post feedback in the Patreon and I'll respond online or in the next...

Duration:00:32:29

Child Bribes & The Future of College

3/14/2019
What can $500,000 buy you...? Apparently, admission for your dumbass kids to any top-tear collidge. (Trying to relate.) I did a video (below) on the rich and famous college bribery scandal, but thought it deserved a bit more depth and ranting. Here, I expand on why this isn't just about wealth and privilege, but branding and religion. I also talk about the future of education and job recruiting. What will change. And what should. A breezy 17 minutes of me on you infomance. Links mentioned on...

Duration:00:17:07