CONNECTED: THE SURPRISING POWER OF SOCIAL NETWORKS
Monday, October 15th, 2012
Co-Merge Workplace, San Diego, CA
Guest Speaker: James Fowler, Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science, UCSD
Our generation has embraced social networking with a vengeance. In many ways, we may come to be defined by it. But in our daily use of tools like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, do we really understand the true power that these informal social associations hold?
This month, Professor James Fowler of The University of California at San Diego will join us to discover what all this means. He is a world renown social scientist and author of Connected: How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, And Do. We will explore the relationships within real-life social networks, and how they might influence startups and the networks that exist between entrepreneurs.
Fowler is Professor of Medical Genetics in the School of Medicine and Professor of Political Science in the Division of Social Science at the University of California, San Diego. His research in the study of social networks, cooperation, and political participation has been highly acclaimed, notching him a spot on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers and an interview with Stephen Colbert. He was a featured TEDxSan Diego speaker in 2011, and The McLaughlin Group named him the “most original thinker” of the year.
A 61 Million Person Experiment in Social Influence and Political Motivation, UCSD Research
Social Networks Can Affect Voter Turnout, New York Times
Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? The Atlantic
James Fowler on the Colbert Report, 7 January 2010
Back to the Village, James Fowler at TEDxSAN DIEGO