Dr. Lior Zalmanson taught the "Information Technology for Business and Society" course at NYU Stern, was a Research Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum Media Lab, and spent his career studying the interrelations between society and the internet. His studies won awards and grants from the Fulbright Foundation, Google, the Marketing Science Institute and were covered in The Times, Independent, PBS, Fast Company, just to name a few.
Today he is a senior lecturer at the Technology and Information Management Program, Coller School of Management in Tel Aviv University. In his parallel life, Lior is also the founder of the Print Screen Festival, Israel's first and largest digital culture festival, and is an award-winning digital artist, playwright, and screenwriter. His recent film (about drone operators) received its debut at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
In this episode we discuss:
[3:24] How the power of informal & civic engagement, helped Lior discover non-traditional leadership styles, and empowered him to pursue his passion.
[12:37] How Lior came to find clarity of passion and purpose.
[16:46] How Lior thinks about the totality of what he is doing today.
[19:43] Why study the internet?
[21:36] How the internet is changing us.
[50:07] How algorithms are taking over middle-management, and increasingly managing humans.
[1:09:32] Lior's connection with Reform Judaism & spirituality
[1:20:55] Lior's art, focusing on two specific works of art.