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A Discussion of the Book “Exponential: How the Next Digital Revolution Will Rewire Life on Earth”

Digital technology is now ubiquitous and pervasive in our lives and society, with largely positive impacts on how we live, work, learn, and play. Of course, there are some dangers, risks and concerns as well, but as with any tool we can use combinations of responsible design, education, personal behavior, and policies to mitigate these while maximizing benefit. Perhaps the real question is: how are these technologies changing life and society, at all scales? That is the topic of this fascinating book by Azheem Azhar, and this will be the focus of this inaugural non-fiction online book discussion group led...

SXSW is Back, With New, Exciting & Important Programming for 2022

SXSW 2022 is finally coming back in-person (and online), after two years of absence (2020) and online-only (2021)—and oh, how the work, culture, entertainment, society, and conferences have changed! SXSW Chief Programming Officer and longtime Austin Forum support, Hugh Forrest, talks with Austin Forum Executive Director, Jay Boisseau, about how SXSW 2022 will be different, and better, in the new normal, while continuing to address the evolving and emerging themes that influence and shape how we work, learn, play, live, and more! Then, Hugh will take questions from our online attendees and discuss with them the choices and reasons for...

How Can Tech Companies Support Social Good?

Tech is booming even in the midst of a global pandemic. Many tech companies are achieving better-than-ever revenue and profits, sending tech stocks soaring. Salaries for tech executives and engineers are rising as well which creates a competitive marketplace for top talent. But this prosperity is not shared by all. In tech, women and people of color are underrepresented and under compensated. For those not in tech careers/companies pressures on rising costs of living squeeze tight margins even more. These disparities can significantly increase inequities for marginalized communities. But all is not lost. With the proper mindset and tools, the...