Finally, he considers social divisions, and “partyism, social cascades, ” when identification with a political party creates a strong bias against all members of an opposing party—which can both fuel and block social change. White nationalist sentiments, on the other hand, were largely kept out of mainstream discourse; now there is no shortage of media outlets for them.
When norms lead people to silence themselves, even an unpopular status quo can persist. Then one day, someone challenges the norm—a child who exclaims that the emperor has no clothes; a woman who says “me too. Sometimes suppressed outrage is unleashed, and long-standing practices fall. The different ways that social change happens, from unleashing to nudging to social cascades.
How Change Happens The MIT Press #ad - Sunstein's book is illuminating because it puts norms at the center of how we think about change. David brooks, the new york timeshow does social change happen? When do social movements take off? Sexual harassment was once something that women had to endure; now a movement has risen up against it. Sometimes change is more gradual, as “nudges” help produce new and different decisions—apps that count calories; texted reminders of deadlines; automatic enrollment in green energy or pension plans.
Conformity: The Power of Social InfluencesNYU Press #ad - Sunstein reveals the appeal and the danger of conformityWe live in an era of tribalism, and intense social division—separating people along lines of religion, polarization, ethnicity, race, political conviction, and sometimes gender. While dissenters tend to be seen as selfish individualists, dissent is actually an important means of correcting the natural human tendency toward conformity and has enormous social benefits in reducing extremism, encouraging critical thinking, and protecting freedom itself.
Sunstein concludes that while much of the time it is in the individual’s interest to follow the crowd, it is in the social interest for individuals to say and do what they think is best. How did this happen? In Conformity, Cass R. A well-functioning democracy depends on it. Bestselling author Cass R. Sunstein argues that the key to making sense of living in this fractured world lies in understanding the idea of conformity—what it is and how it works—as well as the countervailing force of dissent.
Conformity: The Power of Social Influences #ad - An understanding of conformity sheds new light on many issues confronting us today: the role of social media, debates over immigration and the Supreme Court, the functions of free speech, the success of Donald Trump, the growth of authoritarianism, the rise of fake news, and much more. Lacking information of our own and seeking the good opinion of others, we often follow the crowd, but Sunstein shows that when individuals suppress their own instincts about what is true and what is right, it can lead to significant social harm.
How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don'tWiley #ad - By comparing successful social change campaigns to the rest, How Change Happens reveals powerful lessons for changemakers who seek to impact society and the planet for the better in the 21st century. The book explores successful movements that have achieved phenomenal impact since the 1980s—tobacco control, LGBT marriage equality, gun rights expansion, and acid rain elimination.
She is frequently invited to speak at nonprofit, and has appeared on shows such as ABC News Now and NPR, philanthropic, and corporate events, among others. She is an active media contributor, with pieces appearing in The Washington Post. She is executive director of the global social enterprise initiative GSEI at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and co-author of two previous books, Forces for Good and Do More than Give.
How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don't #ad - She serves as a senior advisor with FSG, the global social impact consulting firm. It also examines recent campaigns that seem to have fizzled, and those that continue to struggle, like Occupy Wall Street, like gun violence prevention and carbon emissions reduction. Examines why some societal shifts occur, and tactics that changemakers employ in order to effect widescale change Whatever cause inspires you, or if you’re tired of just watching from the outside and want to join the fray, advance it by applying the must-read advice in How Change Happens—whether you lead a social change effort, or if you simply want to better understand how change happens, strategies, and others don't Illustrates the factors that drive successful social and environmental movements Looks at the approaches, this book is the place to start.
Discover how those who change the world do so with this thoughtful and timely book Why do some changes occur, and others don't? What are the factors that drive successful social and environmental movements, while others falter? How Change Happens examines the leadership approaches, campaign strategies, and ground-level tactics employed in a range of modern social change campaigns.
And it explores implications for movements that are newly emerging, like Black Lives Matter.
On FreedomPrinceton University Press #ad - He shows that freedom of choice isn’t nearly enough. To be free, we must also be able to navigate life. And in some cases, career, we would be just as happy with other choices, whether a different partner, or place to live—which raises the difficult question of which outcome best promotes our well-being.
Accessible and lively, and the arts, as well as social science and the law, religion, and drawing on perspectives from the humanities, On Freedom explores a crucial dimension of the human condition that philosophers and economists have long missed—and shows what it would take to make freedom real. That is why they are unfree.
On Freedom #ad - People also face serious problems of self-control, as many of them make decisions today that can make their lives worse tomorrow. People often need something like a gpS device to help them get where they want to go—whether the issue involves health, jobs, money, children, or relationships. In both rich and poor countries, citizens often have no idea how to get to their desired destination.
From new york times bestselling author cass sunstein, a brisk, provocative book that shows what freedom really means—and requires—todayIn this pathbreaking book, New York Times bestselling author Cass Sunstein asks us to rethink freedom.
The Cost-Benefit Revolution The MIT PressThe MIT Press #ad - Quantitative cost-benefit analysis, in the future, also explored in this book, new measures of human well-being, is the best available method for making this happen—even if, Sunstein argues, may be better still. It follows that government policy should not be based on public opinion, or pressure from interest groups, intuitions, but on numbers—meaning careful consideration of costs and benefits.
Why policies should be based on careful consideration of their costs and benefits rather than on intuition, interest groups, popular opinion, and anecdotes. Opinions on government policies vary widely. Will a policy save one life, will the costs be high or negligible? will it hurt workers and small businesses, and, or one thousand lives? Will it impose costs on consumers, and if so, if so, precisely how much?As the Obama administration's “regulatory czar, ” Sunstein knows his subject in both theory and practice.
The Cost-Benefit Revolution The MIT Press #ad - Some people are alarmed about climate change and favor aggressive government intervention. Some people feel passionately about the child obesity epidemic and support government regulation of sugary drinks. He acknowledges that public officials often lack information about costs and benefits, and outlines state-of-the-art techniques for acquiring that information.
Others don't feel the need for any sort of climate regulation. Others argue that people should be able to eat and drink whatever they like. Drawing on behavioral economics and his well-known emphasis on “nudging, ” he celebrates the cost-benefit revolution in policy making, Clinton, tracing its defining moments in the Reagan, and Obama administrations and pondering its uncertain future in the Trump administration.
The Ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and SocietyCambridge University Press #ad - In this book, Cass R. In recent years, 'nudge units' or 'behavioral insights teams' have been created in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and other nations. Sunstein, self-government, the eminent legal scholar and best-selling co-author of Nudge 2008, manipulation, dignity, choice architecture, and mandates, breaks new ground with a deep yet highly readable investigation into the ethical issues surrounding nudges, autonomy, addressing such issues as welfare, and the constraints and responsibilities of an ethical state.
The Ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society #ad - All over the world, public officials are using the behavioral sciences to protect the environment, reduce poverty, promote employment and economic growth, and increase national security. Complementing the ethical discussion, the ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science contains a wealth of new data on people's attitudes towards a broad range of nudges, choice architecture, and mandates.
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good SocietyLittle, Brown Spark #ad - In a world of increasing political and economic polarization, it's tempting to ignore the positive role of our evolutionary past. With many vivid examples -- including diverse historical and contemporary cultures, online groups thrown together by design or involving artificially intelligent bots, communities formed in the wake of shipwrecks, and even the tender and complex social arrangements of elephants and dolphins that so resemble our own -- Christakis shows that, despite a human history replete with violence, commune dwellers seeking utopia, we cannot escape our social blueprint for goodness.
A dazzlingly erudite synthesis of history, statistics, new york Times, genetics, economics, anthropology, philosophy, epidemiology, sociology, and more" Frank Bruni, Blueprint shows how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path -- and how we are united by our common humanity. Christakis introduces the compelling idea that our genes affect not only our bodies and behaviors, but also the ways in which we make societies, ones that are surprisingly similar worldwide.
Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society #ad - But by exploring the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint shows that our genes have shaped societies for our welfare and that, and are still shaping, in a feedback loop stretching back many thousands of years, societies have shaped, our genes today. But natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, including our capacity for love, cooperation, friendship, and learning.
For too long, cruelty, prejudice, scientists have focused on the dark side of our biological heritage: our capacity for aggression, and self-interest. Beneath all our inventions -- our tools, cities, farms, machines, nations -- we carry with us innate proclivities to make a good society.
People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of DiscontentW. W. Norton & Company #ad - In fact, the economic solutions are often quite clear. If something isn’t done, new technologies may make matters worse, increasing inequality and unemployment. Stiglitz identifies the true sources of wealth and of increases in standards of living, advances in science and technology, based on learning, and the rule of law.
A nobel prize winner challenges us to throw off the free market fundamentalists and reclaim our economy. We all have the sense that the American economy—and its government—tilts toward big business, but as Joseph E. Too many have made their wealth through exploitation of others rather than through wealth creation.
People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent #ad - He shows that the assault on the judiciary, universities, and the media undermines the very institutions that have long been the foundation of America’s economic might and its democracy. Helpless though we may feel today, we are far from powerless. We need to exploit the benefits of markets while taming their excesses, making sure that markets work for us—the U.
S. A few corporations have come to dominate entire sectors of the economy, contributing to skyrocketing inequality and slow growth. Stiglitz shows how a middle-class life can once again be attainable by all. An authoritative account of the predictable dangers of free market fundamentalism and the foundations of progressive capitalism, and Profits shows us an America in crisis, People, Power, but also lights a path through this challenging time.
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform IndustriesSt. Martin's Press #ad - Loonshots is the first to apply these tools to help all of us unlock our potential to create and nurture the crazy ideas that change the world. If twentieth-century science was shaped by the search for fundamental laws, like quantum mechanics and gravity, the twenty-first will be shaped by this new kind of science.
Loonshots distills these insights into lessons for creatives, entrepreneurs, and visionaries everywhere. Over the past decade, fish swim, diseases erupt, brains work, people vote, criminals behave, ideas spread, researchers have been applying the tools and techniques of phase transitions to understand how birds flock, and ecosystems collapse.
. Loonshots identifies the small shifts in structure that control this transition, the same way that temperature controls the change from water to ice. Using examples that range from the spread of fires in forests to the hunt for terrorists online, and stories of thieves and geniuses and kings, Bahcall shows how this new kind of science helps us understand the behavior of companies and the fate of empires.
Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries #ad - Recommended by bill gates, susan cain, and tim ferriss * a wall street journal bestseller * next big idea club selection—chosen by malcolm gladwell, daniel kahneman, and Adam Grant as one of the "two most groundbreaking new nonfiction reads of the season"* "Best Business Book of 2019" by strategy + business What do James Bond and Lipitor have in common? What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water?In Loonshots, Dan Pink, physicist and entrepreneur Safi Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs.
Drawing on the science of phase transitions, companies, or any group with a mission will suddenly change from embracing wild new ideas to rigidly rejecting them, Bahcall shows why teams, just as flowing water will suddenly change into brittle ice. Mountains of print have been written about culture.
Trusting Nudges: Toward A Bill of Rights for Nudging Routledge Advances in Behavioural Economics and FinanceRoutledge #ad - This fascinating book carefully considers these criticisms and answers important questions. In some circles, nudges have become controversial, with questions raised about whether they amount to forms of manipulation. What do citizens actually think about behaviorally informed policies? do citizens have identifiable principles in mind when they approve or disapprove of the policies? Do citizens of different nations agree with each other?From the answers to these questions, the authors identify six principles of legitimacy—a "bill of rights" for nudging that build on strong public support for nudging policies around the world, while also recognizing what citizens disapprove of.
. Their most important finding is simple and striking. Their bill of rights is designed to capture citizens’ central concerns, reflecting widespread commitments to freedom and welfare that transcend national boundaries. Many "nudges" aim to make life simpler, or easier for people to navigate, but what do members of the public really think about these policies? Drawing on surveys from numerous nations around the world, safer, Sunstein and Reisch explore whether citizens approve of nudge policies.
Trusting Nudges: Toward A Bill of Rights for Nudging Routledge Advances in Behavioural Economics and Finance #ad - In diverse countries, safety, both democratic and nondemocratic, strong majorities approve of nudges designed to promote health, and environmental protection—and their approval cuts across political divisions. In recent years, focusing on nudges—understood as interventions that preserve freedom of choice, many governments have implemented behaviorally informed policies, but that also steer people in certain directions.
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and HappinessPenguin Books #ad - From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Richard H. Thaler and harvard Law School professor Cass R. Thaler, and Cass R. Nudge is about how we make these choices and how we can make better ones. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. But by knowing how people think, we can use sensible “choice architecture” to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society, without restricting our freedom of choice.
Sunstein: a revelatory look at how we make decisions—for fans of Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow* More than 1. 5 million copies sold* new york times bestseller * named a best book of the Year by The Economist and the Financial TimesEvery day we make choices—about what to buy or eat, about financial investments or our children’s health and education, even about the causes we champion or the planet itself.
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness #ad - Using dozens of eye-opening examples and drawing on decades of behavioral science research, Nobel Prize winner Richard H. Sunstein show that no choice is ever presented to us in a neutral way, and that we are all susceptible to biases that can lead us to make bad decisions.