Watch Randy Jirtle's conversation with RWJF's Nancy Barrand.

Each month, What’s Next Health talks with leading thinkers like Daniel Kraft, BJ Fogg, danah boyd, and Sal Khan to inspire us all to think big about the future of health and health care.

This series is all about discovery. We’re connecting with great thinkers inside and outside of health to inspire our work and the work of others.

Leading Thinkers Explore Big Questions

Sheena Iyengar

Sheena Iyengar

Sheena Iyengar, inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia Business School and author of The Art of Choosing, helps explain the art and science of choice, including how and why we make the choices we do.

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Randy Jirtle

Randy Jirtle

Randy Jirtle, senior scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison McArdle Laboratory, shares how our actions and environments today can impact the health of generations to come.

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Keith Wailoo

Keith Wailoo

Keith Wailoo, a historian at Princeton University, uses a historical lens to provide perspective on how culture, science and politics shape health and health care and what this teaches us for the future.

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Jessica Green

Jessica Green

Jessica Green, founding director of the BioBE (Biology and the Built Environment Center), explores how good germs might lead to healthier buildings and healthier lives.

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BJ Fogg

BJ Fogg, director of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, shares his model for behavior change and how aligning motivation, ability and triggers can lead to healthy habits.

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Sal Khan

Sal Khan

Sal Khan, visionary founder of Khan Academy, talks about huge shifts in learning and knowledge sharing and what they mean for health and health care.

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Jake Porway

Jake Porway

How can big data help us solve big problems? Jake Porway, a data scientist and machine-learning enthusiast, talks about big data, a topic that is literally growing each day in its relevance to our work.

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danah boyd

danah boyd

How is the internet shaping our friendships, networks and how we get information? danah boyd—social scientist and high priestess of internet friendship—explores conundrums of a networked society and what this all means for health.

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Jay Parkinson

Jay Parkinson, co-founder of Sherpaa, talks about designing a more beautiful health care experience for patients and doctors.

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Daniel Kraft

Daniel Kraft

Inventor, entrepreneur, and flight surgeon Daniel Kraft talks about how we can achieve "escape velocity" in health care.

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Future Conversations

  • Nate Garvis, founder, author, Naked Civics, on: Creating Cuture.
  • Jose Gomez-Marquez, Little Devices @ MIT, on: Want More
  • Kristen Lodal, co-founder of LIFT, on: Can We Lift People out of Poverty for Good?
  • Stephen Friend, co-founder of Sage Bionetworks, on: A Scientific Revolution?
  • Sendhil Mullainathan, professor of economics, Harvard University, on: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

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