Turi Munthe on The Wikipedia of Opinion, Saving Democracy From Polarization, & Building Media Startups | Evolve 061
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Turi Munthe is the founder of Parlia, the encyclopedia of opinion. Turi is a media entrepreneur, venture partner, former journalist, author, and political analyst who is on a mission to empower civil discourse by mapping the entirety of the worlds opinions on one platform. So far, they have 5,000 members who have voted over 150,000 times 1500 opinions and 5,000 arguments all aimed at helping each other understand one another better on the issues most important to our time.
And who better to discover how the world thinks, than this founder who has dogged bullets in the middle east and attacks of his ideas in the board room. He began his career writing for magazines like The Economist, The Nation, & The TLS, published a Reader on Saddam Hussein, covered the 2nd Gulf War as a journalist, and eventually launched the Beirut Review of Books, a joint venture with the Lebanese Daily Star and The International Herald Tribune.
In 2007, he jumped into the tech game as cofounder of Demotix which was as a grassroots news wire, providing freelance reporters and photojournalists around the world with a platform to share their stories and images with the world’s media. Demotix won numerous awards for innovation in media both in the US and UK, and built a giant network of 75,000 photojournalists around the world before selling to Bill Gates’ Corbis Corporation in 2012.
Full show notes and worksheets can be found here: evolvethe.world/episodes/61
What You Will Learn In This Episode:
- Why business can be more effective at solving social issues at scale than non-profits
- Trade-offs social entrepreneurs have to make to purpose before profit
- How we humanize other's opinions and how they are not that different than yours
- Why your opinions are arbitrary and don't really belong to you
- The 3 ways to stop polarization
- How to build a self sustaining community of crowdsourced information like Wikipedia