What's Now: San Francisco

A conversation among innovators at
The Applied Innovation Exchange

425 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA

Highlights

The trippy story of how Stewart got the first photo of the whole earth seen from space that graced the inaugural cover

13:18

Stewart lays out out how the Whole Earth Catalog "conferred agency" and spawned many subsequent efforts

17:18
22:35

Why tools are the most powerful forces to unleash on the world - you can change technologies but not human behavior

30:26

The special role of San Francisco and California to the rest of America - and especially to the East Coast

35:50

Stewart ponders whether the Whole Earth Catalog marked the beginning of a shift to a new kind of 21st-century civilization

38:26
43:15

How climate change gives humans their first self-made planetary problem that can only be solved together as a civilization

43:40

Stewart on why he is optimistic about the next 50 years and how he believes all of us will solve climate change

47:22

Kevin Kelly: How the Whole Earth Catalog was like the first Internet and helped turn the tide from anti-tech to pro-tech sentiment

55:25

Larry Brilliant: How Stewart helped shape the early online world through The Well and his motto "you own your own words"

58:32

Katherine Fulton: How Stewart went counter-counter-culture, cofounded Global Business Network, & educated a generation of business leaders

61:25
65:03

Peter Calthorpe: How Stewart helped create a revolution in the built environment & architecture that is reverberating today even into China

65:11
69:18

Orville Schell: How Stewart's ideas & remarkable network got enmeshed in California government through Jerry Brown's first administration

69:24
74:42

Jane Metcalfe: Stewart's big impact on the founding and early years of Wired magazine, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and techies

74:52
80:55

Fred Turner: How Stewart led an under-appreciated part of the counter-culture that was pro-tech & pro business to the cyber-culture of today

81:08

Rusty Schweickart: How Stewart helped pull space from right-wing dominance to appreciation on the left & inspired today's space entrepreneurs like Bezos & Musk

84:00
87:05

Nils Gilman: The eclectic range of Stewart's intellectual pursuits & his version of the 10,000 hour rule of treating a career as a series of 5-7 year blocks

87:09
90:33

Ryan Phelan: How Stewart prodded geneticist George Church to consider bringing back extinct species which led to founding Revive & Restore

90:39
94:00

Tim O'Reilly: How Tim emulated Stewart with his own media & events ventures - to see the Web blossom as the realization of what Stewart started

94:06

John Markoff: On the difficulty of being Stewart's biographer but the fun of finding gems like Ansel Adam's letter raving about Stewart's "extraordinary photos"

96:49
100:42
  • Stanley_Krute

    Fabulous. Thank you all, and esp. Stewart. So many lives made better.