Diversity, Teams, and Collective Intelligence

Scott Page

Presented by Scott Page, John Seely Brown Distinguished University Professor of Complexity, Social Science, and Management at the University of Michigan, and the Williamson family Professor of Business Administration, professor of management and organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; professor of political science, professor of complex systems, and professor of economics, LSA.

Confronted with challenges that surpass individual capacities, we pivot towards the success of teamwork. Teams emerge as champions in conducting top-notch research, making the best decision-making, and creating innovative designs. The synergy of collective intelligence in teams thrives on the rich diversity and talents of individuals strategically positioned within well-suited organizational and institutional frameworks.

In this lecture, we will explore the key elements and dynamic forces that play pivotal roles in constructing effective teams. We’ll delve into the composition and process of elevating teams and how to unleash the full potential of collaborative success with people from diverse backgrounds.

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About Scott Page

Scott E. Page’s research focuses on the function of diversity in complex social systems, the potential for collective intelligence, and the design of institutions for meeting the challenges of a complex world.

A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, Scott was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011, and in 2019, he was awarded a Distinguished University Professorship from the University of Michigan, the university’s highest academic honor.  He is a member of the Santa Fe Institute Science Board and an advisor to Crowdsmart.ai.

He is the author of more than one hundred research papers and five books covering a variety of fields including game theory, economics, political theory, formal political science, sociology, psychology, philosophy, physics, public health, geography, computer science, and management.  Along with five other scholars, he recently co-founded a new, interdisciplinary academic journal, Collective Intelligence, which he co-edits.

His book, The Model Thinker, was published by Basic Books in November 2018, has been an Amazon Best Seller in more than ten categories, and a winner of a Choice Award as an outstanding title.  His previous books include, the Axios award winning, The Diversity Bonus, published in September 2017 with Princeton University Press and the Mellon Foundation, The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies (2008), and Complex Adaptive Social Systems (2009).

Scott has filmed two video series for The Great Courses and his online course Model Thinking has attracted over a million participants. Scott has presented to the CIA, European Central Bank, NASA, Bloomberg, Google, Boeing, the IMF, Genentech, Gilead, and AT Kearney, and been a featured speaker at The New York Times New Work Summit, Google Re:Work, The World Economic Forum – Davos, and The Aspen Ideas Festival.  He has consulted with US Federal Reserve, the White House Office of Personnel, Yahoo! Ford, DARPA, Procter and Gamble, BlackRock, and AB InBev, and Brown Forman.  

Scott holds a BA in mathematics from The University of Michigan, and MA from The University of Wisconsin, and an MS and PhD in managerial economics and decision sciences from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Scott lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with his wife, University of Michigan political science professor Jenna Bednar.  They have two sons, Orrie (23) and Cooper (21).  All four Bednar-Pages benefit from the supervisory companionship of two large dogs, Oda, a Great Pyrenees and Roland, who has a diverse collection of ancestors.