The POZCAST: Career & Life Journeys with Adam Posner

Max Stossel: Words that Move

Episode Summary

I am extremely excited to introduce my guest today Max Stossel. He is an award-winning poet + filmmaker named by Forbes as one of the best storytellers of the year. I had the privilege to experience his poetry first hand this past summer in our sacred space in Vermont to kick off our annual summer outing. His energy and flow and message hit deep inside. My fire was lit. For those of you unfamiliar with Max, his performances across five continents, from Lincoln Center in NY to the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, have been described as mind expanding, profound, emotive, and hilarious all at once. His work has been translated into fourteen languages, won multiple film festivals, and has been viewed over 20 million times online. If you haven't checked them out IDK what you are waiting for. Max Stossel is also the Head of Education for the Center for Humane Technology, an organization of former tech insiders and CEOs dedicated to realigning technology with humanity’s best interests. Before joining CHT, Max was a media strategist with an extensive background in social, spending more time learning the ins and outs of the facebook algorithm than any human should. He ran social for multinational brands, and later worked for a social media company where he designed some of the same notification structures to distract students that he now criticizes. He provides a unique and much needed critical perspective on the role of technology in the classroom. The merging of these fields allows Max to provide a fascinating perspective on modern content and culture. He is currently performing Words That Move in theatres, speaking or performing at schools, corporations & events, and helping select brands tell their stories in his style via video. Join us as we talk about his work, take on social media and life on E48 of #thepozcast. Thanks for listening!

Episode Notes

(2:00) Road to Success/ Social Media/ Content Creation 
(5:24) Emerging of Two Worlds / Turning Poetry into Short Films to Spread Awareness and Important Message 
(6:58) Approach to Content Creation 
(8:50) Golden Mission/ How to live a life without Social Media 
(12:29) Educating the kids about the use/over use of Gadgets 
 (17:08) Pros and Cons of Social Media for Children
(19:15) What is Attention Economy? 
(21:54) The Great Hack 
(24:21) How to Protect our Personal Data/Identity? 
(25:20) The Creative Process - How the concept in mind translates into physical product 
(30:08) How to grow an Audience