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  1. RSA Keynote: Flourish

    Martin Seligman, one of the world’s foremost academic psychologists – and founder of the Positive Psychology movement – visits the RSA to offer a new theory of wellbeing, and to call for a reinvention of governance, a rethinking of education and a revolution in our personal lives.

    Presenting evidence-based scientific research that shows us how to thrive, flourish and be happy, Seligman explores a number of practical examples of the power of Positive Psychology in action – such as forward-thinking schools that add resilience training to their curricula and public policy that is informed not by growth of GDP, but by the wellbeing of its citizens.

    Speaker: Martin Seligman PhD, professor of psychology, University of Pennsylvania and director, Positive Psychology Network; author of Flourish: A New Understanding of Happiness and Wellbeing – and how to achieve them.

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  2. Digital Space & The Context Problem

    ’ve heard Andrew Hinton give various talks on the problem of context, but he never fails to help me dive deeper into the problem. Simply put, digital spaces lack physical context, and frequently do a very bad job of substituting a digital context for the physical. This problem might seem a bit abstract, until we realize just how important context is to human cognition. Andrew has a number of great examples of this, but the one that resonates with me is role of context in social cognition. We have relationships with our families, our friends, our peers, our co-workers, and more, and we modulate both how we express our selves and how we process information based on which context we’re in. Digital social spaces tend to collapse these contexts, connecting us with all of our social circles through one channel, allowing us to express ourselves in one way. This gets worse as when we introduce aggregation into the picture, because we not only collapse social context but also “object” context. In some way, we can work around the problem of context by segregating our interactions across tools. Aggregators take away even that modicum of control.

    Andrew asked us how we’re going to start to understand the ramifications of this shift in context, and to start thinking about how we’re going to understand the problem. Is this a fundamental behavioral shift? Is it a problem to be solved? Or is it an opportunity to create new kinds of contexts?


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