Described as "an intellectual rock star" in The New York Times, renowned social scientist and physician NICHOLAS A. CHRISTAKIS' groundbreaking work helps us more deeply-- and optimistically-- understand our society and human behavior. Director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University and named to TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World" and Foreign Policy's “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” Christakis has been sought-out to speak everywhere from TED (where his talk has racked up over 1.5 million views) to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, thanks to his game-changing insights that help organizations better understand their employees and customers, and more effectively foster teamwork, innovation, and learning.

Christakis' just-released book “Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Societywas an instant bestseller on Amazon. A cutting-edge exploration of the ancient roots of goodness in civilization, Blueprint is a timely book sorely needed in today’s world of increased polarization and tribalism. In it, Christakis highlights the positive role of our evolutionary past and how natural selection has given us a suite of beneficial social features, such as friendship and learning, that universally shape our societies. Chock-full of fascinating research and advances in social science, history, philosophy, genetics, economics, and more, Blueprint reveals how and why evolution has placed us on a humane path that bends towards goodness-- and how we are united by our common humanity far more than we are divided. 

Nicholas was absolutely terrific. The room was at capacity and everyone was engaged, enlightened, enriched and entertained by his talk. No one left the room. A grand slam... Numerous compliments and great post-talk questions.” 

-Heart Rhythm Society

"Nicholas Christakis presented visionary ideas on how social networking can be utilized strategically to maximize business opportunities on many levels.” 


In this brilliant, beautiful, and sweeping book, Christakis shows how eight universal human tendencies have bound us together and given us dominion over our planet, our lives, and our common fate. A masterful achievement that is surely the best and most original science book of the year.”

(Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness)

A remarkable achievement! Christakis explains, in the most lucid and accessible way imaginable, how our genetic and cultural heritages are deeply intertwined. The story of human nature is no fairy tale, but it nevertheless reveals our potential, and our proclivity, for good.”

(Angela Duckworth, author of Grit)  


Blueprint has garnered glowing reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.

Christakis' fascinating article "How AI Will Rewire Us" in the April 2019 edition of The Atlantic, explores how AI could impact everyday human interactions and behavior.

Christakis' groundbreaking work on how adding autonomous bots to social networks improves the collective performance of human groups made the cover of Nature Magazine, and made headlines in The Scientific AmericanScience Magazineand The Verge. 

Christakis remarks can be tailored for every industry. He uses his remarkable research to provide eye-opening insights on topics including:

  • How to effectively build teams and create an organization that optimizes for learning and cooperation
  • How to diffuse innovation and efficiency within an organization
  • The power of social networks and their impact on our lives and work
  • Reasons for hope and the inherent unity and goodness of human society
  • The "social side" of AI, and how bots can help, and hinder, human collaboration and productivity

Groups that have hosted Christakis include:

  • TED
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Sysco
  • Acxiom Corporation
  • America's Health Insurance Plans
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • WE Summit
  • APAC Forum
  • Oglivy Consulting's Nudgestock Festival
  • Cambridge Networks
  • Optum Labs
  • ... and more!

A dynamite speaker who is heralded for his ability to balance big picture, mind-bending research with tangible takeaways, NICHOLAS A. CHRISTAKIS will make for an incredible program at your next event. Plus you can make the event extra-memorable for attendees with a book signing of Blueprint!

Best regards,

Vana Thayu, Senior Vice President

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