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Innovation for All explores the ways innovation interests with society (for better or worse) and how diversity and inclusion are impacted by innovation in technology. Long form interviews with experts in tech, design, AI and business.

Is Facebook really a monopoly? How can remote work get more diversity in tech? What’s in the terms of service we usually ignore? How can we build human-centered AI?

Host Sheana Ahlqvist created Innovation For All to help technologists and entrepreneurs make more inclusive products and businesses and think more critically about the societal impact of their work. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
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"Set the market and work when and how you like. You have complete control." At least that is what gig economy companies like Uber would have you believe. In this episode of Innovation For All Podcast, Sheana speaks with Marshall Steinbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Utah, to talk about the pitfalls of the gig economy. Find out how employers can have control over the workforce without being a monopoly and how gig workers may be getting the short end of the stick. You’ll learn: Why did Uber driver’s strike?What makes the gig economy examples more complex?What is the difference between the gig economy labor and employment relationships? What should an independent contractor relationship look like?Who is an independent contractor?What are the markers of employer and employee relationships as opposed to independent contractor relationship.How does antitrust factor in to these issues?Proposed solutions to the gig economy and labor lawsHow these companies exercise control over their workersDo you know someone who is concerned about the rise of the gig economy? Text them a link to this episode. You are the reason our movement is growing.Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
What’s really in online terms of service that we agree to? Nate Beard joins Sheana to talk about where these terms of service come from and what’s in them. Find out what rights we may be sacrificing while using social media platforms in this episode of the Innovation For All Podcast. In this episode you’ll learn:What’s in Terms of Service and do we really understand them?Problems that come with terms of service on social mediaEthics of Terms of ServiceHow restrictive are terms of service? What rights are affected by TOS?Speech on social media platformsPrivacy,  ownership, and due process on social media platformsWays forward with Terms of ServiceDo you know someone who doesn't trust the social media giants? Text them a link to this episode. You are the reason our movement is growing.Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
TLDR is internet shorthand for "Too Long Didn't Read." In this special mini-episode, hear from three great guests in a teeny-weeny amount of time. Great for shorter commutes.Nate Beard has masters degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research examines the ethical, legal, and behavioral implications of social media policies. In our full conversation, we discuss the details of terms of service and what rights you have (and which ones you give up).Marshall Steinbaum is Research Director and a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where he researches market power and inequality. In my full conversation with him, we discuss the Uber strike, the difference between an employee and a contractor, and whether he thinks regulations need to change to protect gig economy workers.Kara Dake is a social impact innovator utilizing a combination of wellness practices, community, media and technology. In our full conversation, we discuss whether what’s “masculine” is considered good, how that affects the traditional workplace, and whether “intuition” should be a dirty word.If you like what you hear, stay tuned for the full interview with each guest in the coming weeks.  Do you find the TLDR episodes useful? Let us know at info@innovationforallcast.com or message us on Twitter @inforallpodcast --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
How can we build a more inclusive and productive workforce? In this episode of the Innovation For All podcast, Sheana speaks with Katherine Zaleski, one of the founders of Power To Fly. Katherine shares how Power To Fly is completely reinventing the traditional hiring process for companies to bring more women into the workplace and become more inclusive.  In this episode you will learn: How is traditional work limiting? How is Power to Fly addressing the gender pipeline problem? How can remote work play a key role in helping women? Do you know someone who is working to build a more inclusive workplace? Text them a link to this episode. We can't grow without you!  Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com or find us on Twitter @inforallpodcast.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
"When a system begins to remember us forever, and wherever we go.... we will not be our true selves. We will be the self we know it’s okay to remember."-- Josh Lovejoy, Principal design manager, ethics and society at Microsoft. Josh Lovejoy believes that human-centered design thinking can change the world for the better; that by seeking to address the needs of people - especially those at the margins - in ways that respect, restore and augment their capabilities, we can invent forms of technological innovation that would have otherwise been invisible. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR:What is a design ethicist?How do autonomous AI systems take advantage of consumers?What is predictive policing and how does it relate to AI ethics?What is a deepfake?What happens when you give up personal data in exchange for a more personalized experience?Who should have the authority to make consequential decisions about AI?Should diversity be a design goal?Do you know anyone building great tech or working in artificial intelligence? Text them a link to this episode. Get shownotes for this an every episode at innovationforallcast.com.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
How does Google make successful products when their users are infinitely diverse? Head of Product and Business Inclusion at Google, Reena Jana, shares the ways that this tech giant takes an inclusive approach to serve its users and be sensitive to different cultural norms. Reena shares how some of Google's best products were modified and improved through inclusive design and research practices. You'll learn:What is product inclusion?Best practices to overcome product inclusion challengesThe benefits and challenges of handling inclusion on a global scaleHow Reena forged her role as the head of product and business inclusionProduct Inclusion success stories and how the team develops these productsHow machine learning in helping Product InclusionHow the product development process prioritizes diversity at each levelWhy inclusivity is valuableFree tools Google offers to help product inclusion outside of their organizationDo you know someone who works in technology? Help others build better, more inclusive products by texting them this episode. Shownotes for this and every episode are available on innovationforallcast.com. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Traditional approaches to business, design practices, and research can result in suboptimal or unfair systems. In this episode of Innovation for All, host Sheana Ahlqvist talks to Dr. Jutta Treviranus, Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto. They discuss what inclusive design is, why it is so important, and how we can design systems that accommodate everyone. Dr. Treviranus also reimagines the future of education. They cover her efforts to incorporate inclusivity into the current change-resistant educational system, her “Unlearning and Questioning” course, and her most recent project: developing a lab school for inclusive life-long learning.  (Original Airdate: 9/26/18) YOU’LL LEARN: How to use AR to combine real data with simulated data to create and experience new, imagined futures What is the Pareto Principle (80/20 Principle)? What are the real world consequences of ignoring the “20%”? What is the Cobra Effect?Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com. Season 2 of Innovation For All will return May 29th, 2019!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Learn how Vantage Point is using VR to reduce sexual harassment at work through way, way better training. In this episode of Innovation For All, Sheana Ahlqvist speaks with Morgan Mercer, founder and CEO of Vantage Point. In this episode, you’ll learn: How Vantage Point leverages the benefits VR to combat sexual harassment; Examples of subtle & aggressive sexual harassment situations in the workplace; Why they take a bystander approach to training; Morgan (@themorganmercer) is product-enthusiast and idealist who founded the Virtual Reality immersive training company Vantage Point in 2017. Prior to founding Vantage Point, she concurrently served as the Head of Digital for an e-commerce startup and an Analyst for a digital agency where she has worked on high-profile contracts focused on attitude change and behavior change within the domain of complex social issues. Get shownotes for this and every episode at innovationforallcast.com. (Original Airdate: 11/30/18)Do you support Innovation For All? Help others find us easily by reviewing us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcasting platform.  Season 2 of Innovation For All will return May 29th, 2019!--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Food delivery apps are putting mom and pop restaurants out of business. In this episode of Innovation For All, Chris Webb, CEO of ChowNow, shows the actual cost of meal delivery and how ChowNow is trying to mitigate those risks through an alternative business model. You’ll learn:How much food marketplaces charge the host restaurant, on top of the fees they charge the customer.Does the restaurant know who is buying their food when ordered through a delivery app? Why are restaurants willing to use delivery apps even when they are unprofitable?What does a model that puts the restaurant first look like?Learn more at orderbetter.com. Do you support the goals of Innovation For All? Help others find us easily by rating and reviewing us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcasting platform. Shownotes for this and every episode are available on innovationforallcast.com. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
Cassie Betts is the founder of District2.Co, a technology company that connects brands/designers with factories to streamline the manufacturing process, and Made In South LA (MISLA),  a DevShop Academy. Hear how Cassie went from being homeless to being called “The Woman Turning South LA into Startup Land” by Forbes. You'll hear How she went from coding her first computer game at 9 to being homeless at 19, and how she turned that all around. How do you help protect the poor from being displaced through gentrification? Why more money should be spent on technology bootcamps instead of other diversity initiatives.Note: This episode uses includes explicit language and includes some difficult topics about Cassie’s past that may be uncomfortable for some listeners. Please use your discretion.Do you enjoy Innovation For All? Help others find us easily by rating and reviewing us on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcasting platform. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/innovation-for-all/support
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