Associate Professor of Management Science and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT Sloan School of Management
As political misinformation and “fake news” proliferate online, many people seem to be putting partisanship before truth. But things are not as bad as you might think. David Rand, Associate Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management and the Director of the Human Cooperation Laboratory and the Applied Cooperation Team, reveals how we can protect ourselves from misleading headlines and how we can fight the spread of falsehood by “nudging” our friends to think about accuracy while scrolling through their newsfeeds.
David Rand is Associate Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, the Director of the Human Cooperation Laboratory and the Applied Cooperation Team at MIT, and an affiliated faculty member of the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and MIT Institute of Data, Systems, and Society.
In our polarized world, it is easy for conversations to get stuck. How can we find new pathways forward on the big issues of our time, whether at the holiday dinner table, in our organizations, or on the wider political stage? Facilitator and author Jason Jay from MIT Sloan explores what happens inside ourselves when conversations go off the rails. He offers a tool called transformative contrasting to help people get unstuck and even harness the creative energy of polarization. His research focuses on how people navigate the tensions between personal, business, and social goals in sustainability efforts. His first book is Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World and he has published articles in the Academy of Management Journal and California Management Review. He teaches courses on strategy, innovation, and leadership for sustainable business at MIT, and engages students and alumni in hands-on projects with leading companies and organizations.
Georgina Campbell Flatter, Executive Director at MIT Legatum Center, Senior Lecturer in Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management
From Financial Times.
The developing world holds some of the fastest-growing economies. But some countries still present challenges.
The World Bank estimates that more than 736m people worldwide were living in extreme poverty in 2015, meaning they had no access to basic services such as water and sanitation, food, healthcare and education. To eradicate poverty, people need jobs. But 30m new vacancies are required every year just to keep up with the growth of the global working-age population, according to the UN.
A new generation of MBA graduates is trying to solve such complex problems by developing innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions that not only make money but also create employment.
The founders of Sanergy — David Auerbach, Ani Vallabhaneni, and Lindsay Stradley — met during an orientation hiking trip at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and set up the Kenya-based venture to make sanitation affordable and accessible.
We can’t remember any numbers without our cell phones and have difficulty driving without Waze. We increasingly rely on technology to perform basic cognitive tasks, and this choice is becoming more automatic and less conscious. We assume technology improves our choices. But does it?
A series of experiments will be used to examine the topic, leaving the viewer with the question: when do I assume greater rationality from technology, and how does that affect my expectations about my own behavior?
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx.