How can you change society if you lose faith in institutions like governments and corporations? Mistrust: How Losing Faith in Institutions Provides the Tools to Transform Them (2021) looks at democracies like the US through the lens of mistrust in institutions, a massive social trend. From the Occupy Movement through Defund the Police, Mistrust looks at was that social movements are trying to change minds and hearts as well as laws. Featuring stories about activists who’ve used social media, startups, and new technology to make social change, Mistrust is a guidebook to activism and change at a moment of high disengagement and cynicism.
In the early days of the internet, people often hoped that digital connections would bring the world closer together leading to cooperation and understanding. Instead, the ability to choose our friends and the media we encounter has left many people more isolated and polarized than in analog days. Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (2013) explores how some users are “rewiring” their media consumption and production to build connections internationally and broadening their worldviews in the process.