The Pioneer team is dedicated to finding innovative solutions to thorny problems in health and health care. We are fortunate to work with grantees who consistently challenge our thinking and open us up to new ways of looking at the world. Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is no exception. We recently watched a talk of his on Edge.org titled A New Kind of Social Science for the 21st Century (which we highly recommend), and found ourselves brimming with questions. His answers were as provocative as the talk itself, so we thought we'd share them here. Enjoy!
- Will changes in social sciences lead to new approaches to dealing with conflict?
- Tell us about a recent experiment.
- As we move to virtual social experimentation, how do experimentational ethics change?
- How do we get an everyday citizen psyched about sharing their data?
- Do the new approaches to experimentation that you mention in your talk apply to the health care field? Are they ready for primetime?
- What's your dream dataset?
About Nicholas Christakis
Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, coauthor (with James Fowler) of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, is Yale University’s Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science, Director of the Human Nature Lab and Co-Director of the new Yale Institute of Network Science. He is also a Pioneer grantee.
Yale's @NAChristakis talks about the power of social networks, health data dreams and more.
RWJF Program Areas
Check out Pioneering Ideas, the Pioneer team's blog, for more conversations with innovative thinkers.
Executive Nurse Fellow Jerry Mansfield explains why the University Hospital and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital do not have a BSN-only hi...
The What's Next Health series features leading thinkers and visionaries. Stanford social scientist & innovator BJ Fogg discusses his model f...
We create new opportunities for better health by investing in health where it starts—in our homes, schools, and jobs.
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Jennifer Bellot writes about losing her grandmother to complications from a medical error.
America is not getting good value for its health care dollar. These resources explore issues of cost and value of health care.
Developing small community homes as alternatives to nursing homes, this radical, new national model for skilled nursing care returns control...
Patrick M. Krueger recently co-authored a study that examines the characteristics and mortality risks of nondrinker subgroups to explain why...
MTV executives are attempting to mollify nurses and nursing allies who are outraged over a salacious new “reality” television show about a g...
Helping us understand what’s driving high health care costs is why we need more transparency in the prices, costs and quality of health care...
While the need to address disparities in care is well known, few strategies for reducing disparities have been studied systematically.
Team members, grantees, and guests discuss breakthrough ideas that will allow us to move toward solving challenges in health care.
Behavioral economists compete in an Innovation Tournament, devising “nudges” to help make people healthier.