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Cass Sunstein on Getting Past Groupthink

Making the right, not necessarily popular, decision

Date: October 16, 2015

By: Cass R. Sunstein

Podcast #: 15-21

Price: Free!

 

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Synopsis

Cass Sunstein defines "groupthink" as "when you have a group of people whose members don’t disclose what they actually know" and instead make a decision based on what they think is popular to the group as a whole. This conformity can be disastrous. Luckily Sunstein is here to talk about his new book Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter and how to make informed decisions.

About the Author(s)

Cass R. Sunstein  is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations.

 
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