ML144: Anna Gát on Building an Intellectual Community, Escaping Utility Tyranny and Facilitating Great Conversations
Anna Gát is the founder of the Interintellect, a global community and talent platform for public intellectuals that facilitates great conversations around anything and everything.
What this means in simple terms is that any member can host a conversation on a topic of their choice, allowing them to share their passion with curious minds and make money from the ticket sales as well. All events are currently online but pre COVID they hosted salons in real life in cities all over the world including London, New York, Los Angeles, Brussels, Berlin and Mumbai.
Anna has one of the most diverse backgrounds of anyone I've ever had on the show...and that's saying something. She holds masters degrees in philosophy of art, English, and theatre; she has worked as a writer and journalist, editor and translator, screenwriter and playwright; and she co-founded Hungary’s leading women’s rights platform and also won a Glamour Woman of the Year award.
She then founded her first startup in early 2017 which, through many iterations, has grown into the Interintellect. In this conversation we discuss:
- How to build a thriving intellectual community and the inspiration behind the Interintellect
- Why utility tyranny based on the idea that everything in our life has to be optimised or made more efficient is so harmful and how to combat it
- The approaches and processes involved in facilitating great conversations
We also talk about Anna's educational experience which included managing Hungarian rockbands and her favourite lockdown books and podcasts.
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