Episode 9 - Rockstars

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Who do we put up on our 'rockstar' pedestals? How does genius status and disruption ideology in the tech sector create the conditions for workplace harassment and abuse? "Move fast, and break things" was Facebook's motto -  does the attitude include people too? We interview whistleblower, security expert and all-round badass Leigh Honeywell for her wisdom on these challenging questions, and talk about our experiences with power dynamics in the tech sector.

Content warning: This episode contains discussions of sexual abuse and bullying.

Footnotes

  1. No More Rockstars.
    https://hypatia.ca/2016/06/21/no-more-rock-stars/

  2. The Al Capone theory of sexual harassment

  3. The NGO sector needs to challenge a culture of charisma.
    https://medium.com/@ruthcoustickdeal/the-ngo-sector-needs-to-challenge-a-culture-of-charisma-6e317b499310

  4. The courage of difficult women.
    https://www.opendemocracy.net/transformation/leslie-francis/courage-of-difficult-women

  5. “Under Neoliberalism, You Can Be Your Own Tyrannical Boss”. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/01/under-neoliberalism-you-can-be-your-own-tyrannical-boss

  6. Tyranny of Structurelessness.
    https://gabriellacoleman.org/tyranny-of-structurelessness/

  7. What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/14/opinion/sunday/elon-musk-thailand-hubris.html

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