We choose interdisciplinary topics that both highlight Stanford’s cutting-edge research, as well as illuminate the emerging issues and dynamics that are shaping our future.
Discover what researchers are learning about decision making from a variety of disciplines (e.g., economics, neuroscience, engineering, psychology, etc.) and what the future might hold.
Synthesize the different approaches to understanding decision making across disciplines and their implications for individuals, organizations and society.
Apply new principles, research, and skills to your professional and personal decision making, from choice architecture to crisis communication and decision analysis to design thinking.
Discover how experts from multiple disciplines (e.g. earth sciences, biology, political science, public policy, law, business, engineering)—and practitioners in the field—are analyzing and addressing global environmental change, and the uncertainties that still remain.
Synthesize diverse perspectives on the sources of risk and resilience within and across earth systems. Examine the respective roles of business, governments and civil society.
Apply new knowledge, strategies, and tools to inform our awareness of global environmental change and boost resilience through further research, policies, and technologies.
Discover new insights from multiple disciplines (e.g., engineering, psychology, computer science, business, education, law, medicine) about the applications and impacts of big data in business, government, civil society and our individual lives.
Synthesize expert opinions from researchers and Silicon Valley innovators to understand big data's opportunities and challenges. Balance the tradeoffs between individual privacy and security and social value.
Apply strategies for leveraging the potential of big data while managing potential vulnerabilities, both personally and organizationally.
Discover how the global food system may be affected by uncertainties arising from the evolution of climate change, population growth, consumption patterns and agricultural practices, markets, and policies.
Synthesize research and expert opinions on the future of food by going through a step-by-step scenario planning process, guided by experienced facilitators.
Apply scenario planning tools and techniques to the future of food. Understand how to use scenarios to address a range of strategic issues and decisions that will play out well into the future.
A unique way to connect to a broad range of remarkable people, among the participants, speakers, and Stanford researchers, and enter into deep, meaningful conversations about things that matter.