RESET THE ALGORITHM

Season 1 Episode 1

In this debut episode, join Moj Mahdara as they provide context to why this podcast came to be. From their experiences as a first-generation Iranian American to navigating cultural and societal expectations as a non-binary individual, Moj reflects on being a disrupter by nature. From the challenges of navigating cultural expectations to confronting societal injustices, Moj's story transcends borders and invites listeners into a raw and unfiltered exploration of the human experience.

6.4.2024
15 MIN
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The purpose of creating a podcast like Reset the Algorithm was always to bring new ideas and the perspective of futurists to a larger platform. After connecting with Alon-Lee Green and learning about his organization: Standing Together, I knew there was no better moment than now to create the show and shed light on the important mission of this organization. 

We are living in a time of extremes, from ideology to actions taken by governments. But as humans, we must use the lessons learned from human history and the painful past, to push through and create a more prosperous, equitable and just future for all of us. Joining forces across ideological lines can be a paradigm shifting practice. The need for coalition building, courageous conversations and fighting for peace and justice is now. 

Join me on this learning journey and let’s Reset the Algorithm together! 

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Season 1 Episode 20

This week on Artist 2 Artist, Patrisse Cullors joins a discussion of heritage, art and the resistance of reimagination with artists and mother-son duo, Shahla Dorriz and alexandre ali reza dorriz. "You're the only person in the world who could get my mom and I in a room together to do a podcast of all things”, ali reza says to Patrisse… and while that may be true, we are so grateful they came to chat. This episode is an authentic reminder of the importance of personal expression in conjunction with legacy, and how the representation of heritage can transform future generations through art. Shahla, a fashion designer and creative consultant, shares her journey to finding her most authentic artistic medium through fashion, and the importance of the multi-generational approach to her work that centers the inclusion of her Iranian heritage, often in collaboration with her son. Ali Reza, an artist with a research-based practice, sheds light both on his own work with Crenshaw Dairy Mart in Los Angeles, and his work in creating localized hubs for economic, artistic and agricultural autonomy for his community, but on the awe and inspiration instilled in him through both his own experience of his artistic practice and in the one that has been nurtured between himself and his mother. In conversation, the trio explore the waters of storytelling through fabric, the influence of the duo's Iranian heritage on their work, and both the challenges and rewards that arise when one sets an intention to preserve cultural design and promote diverse, unique perspectives within the fashion industry. This mother-son duo are an impactful showcase of how divergent ideas can curate something beautiful, created through that unique channel that each of us has access to; of how that channel becomes ever more powerful the more honest and collaborative we open ourselves to be. This episode reminds us all that artists have the ability to challenge oppressive systems, to create in a way that reminds consumers of times past from which they have the opportunity to learn, and that in embracing ourselves and the roots from which we grew, we become unshakably planted in our identity. "Value your work. If you know what you're working on and if you see that work as valuable, it is valuable."