To our Consilience Project family,
We trust this note finds you well. We've been busy here at The Consilience Project and are excited to share two new pieces of video content with you.
One of the questions we are frequently asked is how do we make our content more accessible? As you may know, there are pedagogical reasons why we want readers to actually “do the work” to better understand and make sense of the overload of information we all take in every day. At the same time we also recognize the need for accessible on-ramps to the deeper and more thoughtful information commons The Consilience Project is endeavoring to help foster. Accordingly, film director Léo Marthaler has helped us create a short "explainer video" on our recently published article, “Democracy and the Epistemic Commons.” We will be posting this to our website in the coming weeks, but wanted to reveal it to you first. Our hope is to execute more of these videos as they have the potential to engage a wider audience and accelerate our theory of change.
Speaking of wider audiences, the second piece of content we have to share with you is Co-Founder Daniel Schmachtenberger and TCP advisor Tristan Harris being interviewed by well-known political strategist Frank Luntz. The conversation centers around The Wall Street Journal's current series, The Facebook Files, which shine a light on leaked documents demonstrating that Facebook executives actively choose to boost engagement, regardless of the internally known harmful externalities of misinformation and mental health problems:
We hope you enjoy the videos. And as always, we appreciate any and all feedback from our community!
The Consilience Project Team