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The Power of Networks

Stanford University economics professor Matthew O. Jackson breaks down the types, the reach and the force of human networks.

Matthew O. Jackson, a Stanford University economics professor and a fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), explains how your human networks shape your life. He details how complex webs of social connections maintain a status quo across generations by systemically situating certain groups for success and others for failure. Jackson urges you to embrace positive personal and global change by understanding the inner workings of your human networks.

The New York Times said, “Professor Jackson…presents…complex research engagingly.” He “shows how…network theory relates to…contemporary issues, from financial contagions to the spread of fake news.” Kirkus Reviews found this “a mixture of delicious truths and ingenious sociological concepts that will convince most readers that we pay too much attention to the people around us.” 


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