Why Public Discourse Has Become So Stupid

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In this episode of The Good Fight, host Yascha Mounk speaks with Jonathan Haidt about how we can make social media less toxic, what political and technological reforms might help fix the problem, and how we can empower the moderate majority to fight for its values.

The Unique Stupidity of the Last Decade in America

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In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Jonathan Haidt about social media and how these platforms have changed social relationships and political discourse, and how this impacts business.

In Confronting a Polarized Workforce, Persuasion Is Not the Goal. Learning Is!

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"Persuasion is a zero-sum game," says Harvard psychologist Julia Minson. "Whereas learning can be a massive win-win." In her new book I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times,…

To Become a Purpose-Driven Leader, Cultivate These Skills Now

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Go first and make it easier for others to find the courage to join you. As you demonstrate your moral leadership to do what’s right, you’ll inspire others to do so.  In recent decades, the business world has thankfully served up a…

Yesterday I Was Levi’s Brand President. I Quit So I Could Be Free.

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When I traveled to Moscow in 1986, I brought 10 pairs of Levi’s 501s in my bag. I was a 17-year-old gymnast, the reigning national champion, and I was going to the Soviet Union to compete in the Goodwill Games, a rogue Olympics-level competition orchestrated by CNN founder Ted Turner while the Soviet Union and the United States were boycotting each other. 

Against the “Value Alignment” of Future Artificial Intelligence

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What we should want, probably, is not that superintelligent AI align with our mixed-up, messy, and sometimes crappy values but instead that superintelligent AI have ethically good values. It's good that our children rebel. We wouldn't…

How Networks of Complicity Can Enable Crimes to Go on for Decades

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Unethical, even criminal, conduct can persist in organizations for long periods of time, often as an open secret and often supported by others. The R&B singer R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking charges…

Remote Work and the Strategic Advantage of Culture

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q22cclehDjY In this virtual event, hosted by the New York Fed in July, Alison Taylor joined other panelists to discuss, among other things, how norms are transmitted in various work environments, and the…

Companies Should Measure Their Levels of Workplace Bullshit

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People’s propensity to bullshit increases when the social expectations of having an opinion are high, the audience is unknowledgeable, and the speakers expect to get away with it. Like cheating in school, bullshitting is a way for people…

How to Have Better Conversations About Ethics in Business

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The first step is to make conversations about ethics in business safe, interesting, and normal. It is often difficult, many people would agree, to talk about ethics in business. But why? It’s not because people don’t know what ethics…