#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: How Big Data can Provide Fresh Insights into Sensitive Topics

Curious about how big data can provide fresh insights into sensitive topics? 

SXSW Interactive speaker Shawn DuBravac (@shawndubravac) of the Consumer Electronics Association joined Harini Calamur, Grant WigginsPatricia Richardson and many hundreds of others in tweeting about a recent article in the New York Times by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz titled "Searching for Sex."

Formerly a data scientist at Google, Stephens-Davidowitz analyzed Google's data related to searches about sex, and then compared that data to data from another respected source: the General Social Survey.

The Google data, he found, suggested that people were having sex less frequently than they were reporting in the GSS. Moreover, the Google data seemed to indicate that, in fact, people were frustrated by how infrequently they were having sex.

Stephens-Davidowitz ascribes this frustration to the kinds of anxieties and insecurities that were reflected in searches conducted by users on topics like body image and sexual performance. 

Stephens-Davidowitz writes, however, that these anxieties and insecurities might be misplaced because the search data also suggests many "partners reveal themselves to be fairly nonsuperficial and forgiving.


VIDEO: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on Using Google Trends Data

And while we're on the subject of using search data for research, don't miss this talk by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz titled "Insights with New Data: Using Google Search Data" presented as part of Stanford University's Colloquium on Computer Systems Seminar Series.


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers know and share great content when they see it.

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#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: The No. 1 Predictor of Career Success According to Network Science

Curious about what's the #1 predictor of career success according to network science?

SXSW Interactive speaker Sinan Aral (@sinanaral) of the MIT Sloan School of Management joined Don TapscottLinda ScottMichela Stribling and many hundreds of others in tweeting about a recent post by Michael Simmons on the Forbes website titled "The No. 1 Predictor Of Career Success According To Network Science."

In the post, Simmons discusses the work of network scientist Ron Burt, who's research suggests that career success depends in large part on one variable: being in an open network

In a closed network, an individual spends most of his time with like-minded people.  The most successful people, Burt discovered, spend most of their time in networks where they are exposed to people with a variety of backgrounds and points of view.

While cultivating an open network is more challenging, Simmons writes that some of the significant benefits include:

  • A more accurate view of the world
  • The ability to control the timing of information sharing
  • The ability to serve as a translator / connector between groups
  • More breakthrough ideas

VIDEO: Good Disagreement is Central to Progress

While we're on the subject of cultivating open networks, watch this Ted Talk by international businesswoman Margaret Heffernan titled "Dare to Disagree."


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers know and share great content when they see it.

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#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: How Corporate America is Tackling Unconscious Bias

Curious about how US corporations are tackling unconscious bias?

SXSW Interactive speaker Joe Gerstandt (@joegerstandt) of Talent Anarchy joined Ellevate Network, Bill George, Catalyst Inc. and a host of others in tweeting about a recent post on the Fortune magazine web site titled "How Corporate America is Tackling Unconscious Bias."

The article discusses the recent Pew Research report that presents survey data on the question of why more women aren't in leadership positions in business and politics. 

The most common response was that women are held to a double standard and must work harder than their male counterparts to get ahead.

One reason for this, according to diversity expert Howard J. Ross, is that both men and women can have "ingrained expectations of workplace roles." 

The article describes the steps companies like Google, T. Rowe Price and Roche Diagnostics are taking to address unconscious bias. These include training sessions for managers, broadening recruitment policies and gender-blind hiring processes.


VIDEO: Howard Ross at Google

While we're on the subject of unconscious bias, check out this "Talks at Google" presentation by diversity expert Howard J. Ross, who discusses his recent book "Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives."


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers know and share great content when they see it.

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#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: Why Some Teams are Smarter than Others

Curious why some teams are smarter than others?

SXSW Interactive speaker Kira Wampler (@Kirasw) of Lyft joined John DoerrSteven PinkerCindy Gallop and thousands of others in tweeting about a recent New York Times article titled "Why Some Teams are Smarter than Others." 

In the article, Anita Woolley of Carnegie Mellon, Thomas W. Malone of M.I.T. and Christopher Chabris of Union College describe their research into what makes smart teams different from the rest.  They identified the following three characteristics:

  1. Everyone on the team contributes equally;
  2. Team members score high on a test measuring their ability to "read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible";
  3. The more women on the team, the better.

The authors note that, surprisingly, their findings were the same whether the team worked remotely or face-to-face.

BONUS: The Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson shares his perspective on this article in a post titled "The Secret to Smart Groups: It's Women."


VIDEO: Empathy and Listening in Practice

While we're on the subject of how emotion-reading skills can make teams smarter, watch this video of Mary Beech, SVP and CMO of Kate Spade New York, describing how she learned the importance of empathy and listening early in her career.


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers know and share great content when they see it.

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#SXSW2015 Speakers on Social: The Language of the State of the Union

Curious about how the language used in the State of the Union Address has changed over time? 

SXSW Interactive Speaker Chris Dancy (@servicesphere) of Healthways joined Dana PerinoBrian Lehrer, Sally Kohn, Brit Hume and many hundreds of others in tweeting about a new interactive graphic featured on The Atlantic website titled "The Language of the State of the Union."

The interactive graphic enables users to compare how US presidents have used specific words like "god" and "labor" in their SOTU addresses. For even more context, users can locate the specific passages where these words were used in an address.  It includes other well-though-out functionality, and is paired with the analysis of a team of historians. 

Created by Benjamin Schmidt (@benmschmidt) of Northeastern University and Mitch Fraas (@MitchFraas) of the University of Pennsylvania, the interactive graphic makes great use of the medium. If you're a government or history buff - or even if you're not - be prepared to spend some time with this highly engaging feature.


VIDEO: The History of the State of the Union

While we're on the subject of the SOTU address, you can learn more about it's history courtesy of the C-SPAN-produced video below featuring archival footage and the commentary of US Senate historian Donald Ritchie.


WYSKR at SXSW Interactive 2015 

  SXSW: March 13 - 22, 2015

SXSW: March 13 - 22, 2015

In the run-up to SXSW Interactive, WYSKR is keeping an eye on the content being shared on social media by the event's speakers. When particularly noteworthy content is shared by a speaker, WYSKR will share it with you, along with video content of interest.

Why?

Because great events curate great speakers, and great speakers know and share great content when they see it.

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