This Human Business

This Human Business
This Human Business is a podcast that explores the new movement to reassert the value of the human experience, in an age when an obsession with digital tools of automation has created a dangerous imbalance in the corporate world. The podcast looks into th

Despair and Feeling Grounded
Oct 9 • 23 min
This episode marks a transition for This Human Business, away from a focus on business reform and into an emphasis on the human experience through emotional granularity. This episode explores despair and feeling grounded.
Can Business Be Human?
Oct 2 • 36 min
With this episode we have reached the end of the second season of This Human Business. It’s time to ask the most important question of all: Is a human business even possible?
Cultivating Business As A Garden
Sep 24 • 42 min
What if we thought of a business not as a machine, but as a living garden? Thousands of years ago, nomads gathered together in many places around the world and settled down to create the first gardens, which were also the first world’s businesses. The…
The Pilgrimage of Business
Sep 17 • 32 min
Business needs to get beyond the narrow UX scope of the customer journey. It’s emotional movement accompanying physical movement that makes a pilgrimage a pilgrimage. Applying this experience in business opens an escape hatch out of commoditization.
Time for Business
Sep 10 • 70 min
Time is at the heart of the struggle over the culture of business. This episode discusses the conflict between mechanized clock time and alternative forms of time, as well as the consequences of the need for speed in corporate life.
The Unreal Business of Poetry and Fairy Tales
Sep 2 • 47 min
With business culture sinking lower and lower, we need tools to aim higher. Poetry and fairy tales help us to imagine what could be instead of leaving us in the morass of what is. Poet of business Fateme Banishoeib guides us through the mental experience…
Business Roundtable Fiddles While The Amazon Burns
Aug 29 • 6 min
Two weeks ago, the Business Roundtable pledged to protect the human global community by pursuing environmentally sustainable business practices. This week, the Blackstone investment firm, a Business Roundtable member, has been caught making profits from…
The Technology of Racism in Business
Aug 27 • 37 min
There has always been racism in business, but now we are becoming of a new form of racism that’s infecting the culture of commerce. Digital technologies are embedding racism into the most powerful technological systems that have ever existed,…
The Business of Human Emotion
Aug 21 • 77 min
Gone are the days when business leaders could say with a straight face that consumers and markets behave according to simple rational self-interest. Understanding emotion is vital to success in business, but how can businesses come to grips with emotion,…
Purpose Washing from the Business Roundtable
Aug 19 • 18 min
This morning, Americans woke up to a surprising headline from the Washington Post: - Group of top CEOs says maximizing shareholder profits no longer can be the primary goal of corporations - The story referred to a document signed by 181 CEOs called the…
The Fear of Amazon – A Preview of Emotion
Aug 14 • 4 min
Today, it was announced that an artificial intelligence system under development at Amazon called Rekognition is now able to detect fear, using digital devices that scan the human face for signs of emotion. It’s time to get serious about emotion in…
Addictive Technology and My Year without an iPhone
Aug 12 • 54 min
The positive side of digital technology in business is clear, but commercial culture has yet to come to grips with the addictive nature of digital experiences, not just for individual users, but for entire businesses as well. This episode scrutinize the…
What is a Human Business?
Aug 5 • 54 min
Business leaders have begun to catch on to the idea that people outside of Silicon Valley don’t think of being human as some kind of pesky relic of an outdated biological past, a burden that should be transcended with technology. So, businesses have begun…
Humanity in the Business Cult of Innovation - Trailer
Jul 29 • 3 min
New is what it’s all about. People will be quick to tell you that innovation is the thing that drives business these days. If it’s not new, it’s irrelevant, obsolete and vulnerable to disruption, the process through which innovative businesses invade the…
Gender and Business - This Human Business Episode 7
Oct 10, 2018 • 74 min
This final episode of the 1st season of This Human Business confronts the ugly reality exposed by the Me Too movement: The masculine default of business identity is hurting people and affecting the bottom line. Sexual assault, sexual harassment, and just…
The Future of Business - This Human Business Episode 6
Oct 2, 2018 • 40 min
This episode of This Human Business considers the future of business, which is something that we cannot know, of course. When we’re talking about the future of business, we’re really talking about our concerns in the present and the legacy of the past.
The Business of Human Technology - This Human Business Episode 5
Sep 25, 2018 • 87 min
After years of hype, the digital revolution has finally led to the Great Techlash of 2018. Though Silicon Valley tycoons are still in love with their bots and their apps, the rest of us are realizing that the promises of technological utopia come with a…
A Postmortem on the Cat of Artificial Intelligence
Sep 19, 2018 • 29 min
This week, This Human Business takes an unexpected turn with the news of the death of one of the businesses in this week’s intended episode about technology and humanity in business. That episode will come next week, but today, this stripped-down,…
Rituals in Commerce - This Human Business Episode 4
Sep 13, 2018 • 67 min
The digital industrial orthodoxy in business tells us that commerce is rational, mathematical. Cultural anthropologists looking at business know better. Business is filled with rituals, both for consumers and for people working in the corporate world.…
The Mythology of Hermes, God of Commerce
Sep 11, 2018 • 29 min
This bonus episode of This Human Business tells the story of Hermes, the god of commerce and the caduceus, as he encounters giants, the underworld, and a very picky turtle. How is this mythology relevant to present day buiness? Listen in and find out.
Human Research - This Human Business Episode 3
Sep 4, 2018 • 66 min
At its foundation, the digital revolution in business isn’t really about technological innovation as much as it is about the ideological triumph of the quantitative approach to research. If we’re going to build a new model for a more human approach to…
The Story of John Henry, A Data-Driven Man
Sep 2, 2018 • 10 min
This bonus episode of This Human Business tells the story of John Henry, the steel driving man who took on a machine in a race and won. What happened next serves as a warning for human researchers in our digital age of data-driven business.
The Power of Story - This Human Business Episode 2
Aug 28, 2018 • 51 min
We’re living in the Information Age, they tell us, but even as business amasses hoards of data that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago, we seem to have lost track of the human story of commerce. Indeed, some designers scoff at the idea of…
This Human Business Episode 1 - A Beautiful Business
Aug 21, 2018 • 65 min
The inaugural episode of This Human Business connects with a group of people who have imagined a wonderful human future for commerce, at the House of Beautiful Business. But first, we confront the ugly truth about business culture: It’s broken, alienating…
A Fado Love Letter To Business
Aug 15, 2018 • 3 min
This Human Business is a podcast that’s put together as a kind of love letter to business, in the tradition of love as expressed through fado, the traditional Portuguese style of music that blends imprecision with passion to communicate a mood of…
Preview - The Humanity of Business Innovation
Aug 14, 2018 • 2 min
What if business innovation could produce something more than just efficiency? What if innovation could be beautifully human? The new podcast This Human Business is slowing down from the unrelenting sprint of startup culture to contemplate these questions…