Alchemy: How Our Creations Recreate Us

The Next Big Idea | 21 July 2020 | 0h 47m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Ainissa Ramirez about her book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another. Draws on stories about eight key inventions to show how our innovations can change us in surprising ways.

Rory Sutherland – Moonshots and Marketing

Invest Like the Best | 15 September 2020 | 0h 49m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Sutherland about his book Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense. Sells the value of marketing and trialling the bizarre rather than imagining we understand a complex world.

Lisa Cook on Racism, Patents, and Black Entrepreneurship

EconTalk | 21 September 2020 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Lisa Cook discussing her research into the impact of racism, lynching, and segregation on Black inventors and entrepreneurs and the consequent effect on innovation and the wider US economy. Nicely contextualised with her work studying the barriers to innovation in the Russian economy. Also considers the best measures to move forward from here.

Speed, Thrift, and Simplicity with Dan Ward

Acquisition Talk | 30 March 2020 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Dan Ward about his book Lift: Innovation Lessons from Flying Machines that ALMOST Worked and the People who NEARLY Flew Them. Uses examples from the development of aviation technology to draw lessons about how to accelerate innovation.

Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works

EconTalk | 31 August 2020 | 1h 11m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book How Innovation Works. Ridley argues that we give too much credit to inventors and not enough to innovators – those who refine and improve an invention to make it valuable to users. Along the way, he emphasizes the power of trial and error and the importance of permissionless innovation.

This is the fourth episode I’ve posted with Matt Ridley about How Innovation Works. It’s a fantastic book, by my favourite author, interviewed here by my favourite podcaster.

It’s Time to Tinker feat. Anton Howes

Conservative Curious | 14 August 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Anton Howes. Mainly about his work on the history of the British Industrial Revolution, but also touches on Arts and Minds, his history of the Royal Society of Arts. Discusses the necessity of an ecosystem that encourages the exchange of innovation and ideas, what we can learn from Britain’s 300-year period of technological advancement, why innovators should also be cultural entrepreneurs, and how paranoia can spark innovation.

Rory Sutherland: Human Behaviour, Innovation, and Alchemy

Infinite Loops | 23 July 2020 | 1h 51m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Rory Sutherland about his book Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science of Creating Magic in Brands, Business. Discusses the relationship between marketing and innovation; human psychology and behavioural economics; the importance of framing; and stated versus revealed preferences.

Matt Ridley: How Innovation Works

Naval | 9 July 2020 | 0h 29m | Listen Later | iTunes
Naval | 15 July 2020 | 0h 30m | Listen Later | iTunes
Enthralling two-piece conversation between Naval Ravikant and Matt Ridley about Ridley’s book How Innovation Works.