RWJF 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?
Follow Dr. Christakis on Twitter at @NAChristakis.
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 an RWJF grantee.
Yale's @NAChristakis talks about the power of social networks, health data dreams and more.
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