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Michael Sanders on "Social Butterflies: Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks"

3:15-3:59pm check-in; 4:00pm sharp to 5:00pm book talk and Q&A

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Speaker Series

Date: Monday August 26, 2019 | 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Speaker(s): Michael Sanders, Executive Director, What Works Centre for Children's Social Care UK; Author; Reader in Public Policy, King’s College London; Associate Fellow - Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford; Affiliate - Behavioural Insights Group, Harvard University; former Chief Scientist and Research Director, Behavioural Insights Team UK (the world’s first Nudge Unit)
Topic: "Social Butterflies: Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks" (by M. Sanders and S. Hume for Michael O’Mara Books, April 18, 2019)
Venue: Career Centre Lounge (Second floor, North Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $32.00 per person plus HST (includes 1 hardcover copy of "Social Butterflies" and 1 seat for the talk)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: The rise of social media has sent our social instincts into overdrive, and the impact of our networks has never been greater. But what if we could reclaim the positive power that influences our decisions, to behave better and be happier? In this ground-breaking book, Sanders and Hume build on the incredible findings of their own cutting-edge research from their work at the world's first Nudge Unit, as well as illuminating case studies from experts around the world, to show how small changes in our environments can have a huge impact on where our instincts lead us. At a time when our trust in each other is being destroyed on a global scale, it's never been more important to understand what motivates us and how to use our predictable behaviours to drive positive change. From helping us to run more cohesive organizations, to building important relationships and connections that matter, this is an essential roadmap back to our better social selves.

Michael Sanders is Executive Director of the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care UK  He leads the team’s development during its incubation phase within Nesta and beyond. Prior to joining the centre, Michael served as Chief Scientist at the Behavioural Insights Team, where he led evaluations and research projects including four evaluations for the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme, and lead analytical projects looking at decision making at the front door of children’s social care. Michael is a Reader in Public Policy at King’s College London and an Associate Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bristol, and completed postdoctoral study at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He is Co-Author with Susannah Hume of Social Butterflies: Reclaiming the Positive Power of Social Networks (Michael O’Mara Books, 2019).  In his free time Michael watches too much television, most prominently Australian “Masterchef” and programmes in which crimes are solved by people other than the police.

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