An Evening with Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler
Dr. Nicholas Christakis is a professor at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School who has done groundbreaking research on social networks. He is the co-author of the fantastic new book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks. His startling findings present intriguing new evidence that our real-life social networks shape virtually every aspect of our lives. How we feel, whom we marry, whether we fall ill, how much money we make, and whether we vote -- everything hinges on what others around us are doing, thinking, and feeling. Connected shows that our world is governed by the Three Degrees Rule -- we influence and are influenced by people up to three degrees removed from us, most of whom we do not even know. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world last year by Time Magazine, Dr. Christakis was also recently listed on Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list and his work has appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and other major media, repeatedly in the past three years.
View his recent TED TALK!
Dr. James H. Fowler, a new kind of social scientist and an expert on the power of social networks, is an internationally recognized scholar whose work lies at the intersection of the natural and social sciences. Dr. Fowler melds the social with the biological, pushing the boundaries of his field to discover, for example, that smoking, obesity, and happiness spread within social networks, and that genes affect voting behavior. Dr. Fowler is the co-author of the bestselling book, Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, which reveals the dynamics of social networks and presents compelling evidence for our profound influence on one another's tastes, health, wealth, happiness, beliefs, even weight, as he explains how social networks shape our lives. Winner of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship (2010), his research has been covered in more than 2,000 media outlets worldwide, including CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Today, PBS Newshour, The Colbert Report, and appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, as well as being featured in several end-of-year lists such as New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas, TIME's Year in Medicine (twice), and Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Business Ideas of the Year.
View a video of Dr. Fowler's PopTech talk or his appearance on The Colbert Report.