An interview with Radhika Dutt. Radhika is a product leader, consultant & author of "Radical Product Thinking". I spoke to Radhika a couple of months ago about some of the core themes of her book but we wanted to deep dive into some of her themes around digital pollution, product ethics, and how to take responsibility for the changes our products bring to the world.
We speak about a lot, including:
- The reception for Radical Product Thinking, what people are taking from the book, and how it's resonated with people around the world
- How polarising it was to include a section on digital ethics in the book, and how a Silicon Valley heavyweight refused to write a foreward because of it
- The types of digital pollution, how they manifest themselves, what to look for in your own products and how it's not just about Big Tech
- How the free market "prisoners' dilemma" means that companies prioritise profit over all else and some of the ways we might persuade people to move to more ethical jobs
- Whether it's ok for tech companies to paint themselves as dumb pipes with no responsibility for the effects of their platforms
- Whether there's any hope to get companies to do the right thing, or whether the only answer is aggressive regulation to get companies to take this seriously
- The importance of the Product Hippocratic Oath and how we as product people need to take responsibility for the effects of our products
And much more!
Buy Radical Product Thinking
"Iteration rules product development, but it isn't enough to produce dramatic results. This book champions Radical Product Thinking, a systematic methodology for building visionary, game-changing products."
Visit the book website or check it out on Amazon or Goodreads.
Listen to Radhika's last episode
We covered some of the broader themes from Radhika's book in our first episode Episode 82 - Curing Product Diseases with a Radical Product Vision.
You can find Radhika on Twitter or LinkedIn