The Science of Luck
Is it possible to improve your good fortune? Surprisingly there’s a body of scientific research on ways to increase your luck. In this final session of the day, we will share with you the best practices and strategies for success. This is an interactive session, where each of us will be giving and getting connections to the things we need to help us advance personally and professionally. Hopefully some of you will leave with lucky breaks!
Scott Sherman is an expert on the most effective ways that people succeed in their attempts to make an impact – whether working for public health, the environment, or economic prosperity. He is currently writing a book summarizing his research, How We Win: The Science of Making the World a Better Place. Over the last decade, Sherman has taught courses on social entrepreneurship and social innovation at numerous universities, including Yale, Princeton, and Penn. In 2005, Sherman co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, the Transformative Action Institute (TAI). The mission of TAI is to train the next generation of social entrepreneurs, innovators, and change makers for the 21st century.That year, he won the international Echoing Green competition, which recognized him as one of the world’s “best emerging social entrepreneurs.” Sherman has also won awards from Ashoka U for excellence and innovation in teaching social entrepreneurship. In 2016, his social enterprise was part of the inaugural class inducated into Ashoka U’s Hall of Fame. His curricula and workshops have been used at more than 50 campuses across the United States from Harvard and Penn to Stanford and UCLA. His programs have also been used in dozens of nations around the world from Europe to Latin America, and from Africa to Asia. Sherman earned his undergraduate and law degrees from U.C. Berkeley, as well as his Ph.D. in environmental studies from the University of Michigan.