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Three Big Points

Here's the deal: Give 10 minutes of your time and get three big takeaways regarding a major issue affecting companies and people around the world. That's the premise of Three Big Points, a podcast from MIT Sloan Management Review. Hosted by Paul Michelman, the publication's editor-in-chief, the series focuses on taking wisdom from the world's leading experts and making it digestible, manageable, and ready for use.

The show relies on a simple format. Michelman presents a topic, introduces the episode's expert, and then jumps into the interview. The host and expert discuss the topic for several minutes before the show's signature ending: the three big points. In that part of the episode, Michelman helps the episode's guest frame three short takeaways that are easy for listeners to remember and act upon.

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For example, episode 11, "Can We Escape the Technology Trap?," features an interview with Oxford economist Carl Frey, author of The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor, and Power in the Age of Automation. Michelman and Frey mull over an ongoing characteristic of technology discussions: Resistance is technology's constant, natural companion regardless of the technology.

Frey suggests that countries with strong safety nets lessen this resistance because they mitigate the short-term damage technology does to those it replaces. The reduced resistance, in turn, helps those societies capture more of technology's long-term benefits. The episode's three big points are:

  • Over time, societies benefit enormously from technology.
  • New technologies haven't always been equally beneficial for everyone, especially in the short term.
  • Resistance is futile.
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