October 30, 2023


Positive Links Speaker Series

Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides

Geoffrey Cohen
Professor of Psychology and the James G. March Professor of Organizational Studies in Education and Business Stanford University

October 30, 2023

About the talk

We live in enormously polarized times. From politics to race, religion, gender, and class, division runs rampant. In 2020, 40 percent of each political party said that supporters of the opposing party were “downright evil.” In 2019, hate crimes reached a ten-year high in the United States. One in five Americans suffers from chronic loneliness. How did we become so alienated? Why is our sense of belonging so undermined?

Join Geoffrey Cohen, author of Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides, in a fireside chat with Ethan Kross to learn science-backed techniques for navigating modern social life that can help us overcome our differences, create empathy, and forge lasting connections even across divides. Geoffrey will share useful takeaways for managers and educators of all stripes to create connection – even during challenging times – and improve daily life at work, in school, in our homes, and in our communities. Learn how belonging can help those around you thrive.

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