Ask the FLN Podcast Episode 042 – Howard Rheingold

--Originally published at Ask the Flipped Learning Network

Show Notes

In this episode Howard Rheingold joins Ken. Howard is an internet pioneer going back to the early 1980s and has written many books about his experiences and research. Last summer I had the privilege to participate in a online course with Howard and a wonderful group of co-learners. That course was titled “Augmented Collective Intelligence” and you can find the details at

Much of my preparation for shifting to fully online delivery of most of my courses in October 2019 are taken from that course with Howard and my interviews with Chris Gilliard, Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel.

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This episode was recorded on November 27, 2019.

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About our Guest

Copied from Howard’s bio on Patreon at :

"I’ve written books about consciousness (Higher Creativity – 1984 and Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming – 1988), history of mind-amplifying technology (Tools for Thought – 1985 ), Virtual Reality (1991!), the birth of social media (The Virtual Community – 1993!), the social revolutions growing from the hybrid of mobile telephones, digital media, and the Internet (Smart Mobs – 2002!) and social media literacy (Net Smart — 2012). TED published my e-book about the psycho-social-technological facets of augmenting human intellect (Mind Amplifier — 2012) Note that two of my books, Tools for Thought and The Virtual Community, have been online for free since 1995. I gave a TED talk in 2005 about the need for an interdisciplinary understanding of cooperation — viewed more than a million times. Since that talk, I worked with Institute for the Future to provide resources for cooperation studies and have taught (six times) an online course on cooperation. I also created and facilitated online courses on mind amplifiers and thinking-knowledge tools. I taught (face to face) courses on digital journalism, social media literacies, and social media issues at Berkeley and Stanford for ten years. I instigated a community-created handbook for peer learning, published nearly 100 video interviews and blog posts about digital media and learning innovators, and helped organized a MOOC for connected educators. I’ve curated links publicly about my topics, and published interviews with curation experts. I’ve shared my paintings online since 1995. More recently, I’ve been making magical objects of paint and light, using wood, acrylics, and arduino-controlled LEDs. I was an extraterrestrial anthropologist on the streets of San Francisco in 1977, an investigative video documentary project I hope to continue in 2018. I’ve spent 30 years giving away my writing, facilitating online conversations, and sharing pointers to useful knowledge; now that I’m retired from teaching and writing books, a little income can help me create more ambitious works and further my learning of the crafts of woodworking and electronics. Thank you for supporting my ongoing journey!"

You can connect with Howard on Twitter @hrheingold and read about his work at his website


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Podcasters and Guests

We now have a stable crew of two podcast hosts on the network. I (Ken Bauer) will be hosting the bulk of the AskTheFLN episodes but we may have some other hosts popping in from time to time. Lately, Matthew Moore has been busy with his own podcast “The Teachers Lounge” which is also hosted here at the Flipped Learning Network. You should check out that podcast as well. I hope to personally keep a bi-weekly schedule going forward.

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Music Credit

The music (titled Aloft) clip at the start and end of the podcast is copyright by Kelly Walsh and used with permission.

Podcast Logo Credit

The image of a microphone used in the logo for our podcast is courtesy of Eric Harvey.

Featured Image Credit

Screen grab of myself and Howard from my interview with Howard Rheingold on November 27, 2019.

“Ken and Howard Rheingold” flickr photo by kenbauer shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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