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Doing It Tech Free

I had the great pleasure recently of hearing a keynote presentation by Sherry Turkle at the Jewish Funders Network conference. Turkle is a professor of psychology and sociology at MIT and the author of several books, including her two most recent titles, Alone Together: Why we expect more from...
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Trust, Authority, and Institutions: A Way Forward (Part II)

If, as I wrote last week, our minds are hardwired for connection and social knowledge, and yet many of the major forces in our society move us toward independence and suspicion of authority, what’s the way forward? At bedrock, it comes down to trust. And the funny thing about trust is, in order for...
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Trust, Authority, and Institutions: A Way Forward (Part I)

If there is a silver lining to the deep political divisions affecting our country and much of the world, it’s that many of us are doing more serious political reflection, and engagement, than we have in the past. And we can do it with the help of advances in our scientific knowledge. Recently, I...
For whom are we responsible? Our answers drive our politics. Let's listen to each other.

What do we need? Big Questions! When do we need them? Now!

Here’s how divided we are: It isn’t just a question of alternative facts. It feels like we don’t even have questions we share anymore. Listen to two women quoted in an article by Sabrina Tavernese in the New York Times this week.