David C. Thompson
David has made a career out of first making science and then designing tools that make science. His published work in both the physical and social sciences reflects his love of the scientific method as a way of making sense of the world.
In addition to his work at interstitio.us, David is the founder of lunchroulette.us, a simple web-based process that’s helped facilitate tens of thousands of serendipitous lunch meetings in companies all around the world. He has also worked to help bring exposure to STEM careers to diverse and underserved populations.
His writing has appeared on Forbes.com, HBR.org, and ScientificAmerican.com. David has a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and an MSci in Chemical Physics from University College London.
Eric C. Gladstone
Eric has a Masters in sociology from the University of South Carolina and a PhD from Cornell University. He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Management in the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis at the Gatton College of Business & Economics at the University of Kentucky.
Eric’s approach utilizes statistical analyses, experiments, “real-world” data, and computer simulations to help analyze the efficiency and efficacy of organizational and social networks, social capital, and decision making.
His work has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.When he’s not being professionally tall, Eric enjoys sailing, hacking, basketball, and swimming.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE
Whether in the for-profit, non-profit, or governmental space, we have worked with numerous clients to realize significant tangible outcomes. In collaboration with senior leadership teams we have worked to craft clear and actionable problem statements, that when executed against, generate significant strategic value.
It could be through the design and execution of a thoughtful survey, or a detailed social network analysis leading to contagious behavior change.
It could be through grounding actions and internal experimentation in rigorous social science, or in the use of data for objective decision making. Maybe it’s in the exploration of the impact of your work externally, through social media analysis. Rolling out a vital internal or external document? Let us read, critique, and enhance. We’ve significant experience in the utilization of rigorous science, data techniques, and critical reasoning in the service of realizing mission critical outcomes.
From the Blog
A few weeks ago saw the publication of billionaire Ray Dalio’s Principles. I haven’t read the book just yet, but having previously read the original ‘version’, which used to be freely available online, we understand that Mr. Dalio’s Principles are foundational to the practice of radical transparency and, accordingly, to the culture of Bridgewater Associates, the biggest hedge fund in the world. As a general rule, at intersitio, we wholly applaud and support the action of written reflection and sensemaking which is critical to Mr. Dalio’s endeavour … however, we do have a couple of concerns, which we thought would be a good subject of today’s post!
At interstitio we believe that organizations are complex social problems. Invariably, with such complexity comes greater opportunity for blunder. It doesn’t take a PhD to recognize that humans, in their beautiful complexity, often operate irrationally, inconsistently, and in direct opposition with their end goals.
I came across this phrase during my recent reading of William Davies’ The Happiness Industry. Kant claimed that it captured the entire spirit of The Enlightment and that we, as a people, could engage in intellectual self-liberation through reason. Read more about Sapere Aude – Dare to know
Here at interstitio, we do business with a variety of amazing clients. We recently worked with a wild-and-groovy for-profit organization interested in anchoring some of their work on individual transformation to rigorous concepts from the social sciences. This team didn’t just want to talk about their work, they wanted to talk about their work with confidence and humility, connecting it to the cutting edge of what’s known about behavior change.
“We believe organizations are Complex Social Problems.”
Our friends at The Intraprenuer Lab recently invited us to spend some time with their most recent cohort of changemakers in the hope that we would could strike up a rousing conversation on the ‘Spirit of Cooperative Endeavour’.
Buckle up dear reader … we’re starting today’s blog with a pretty deep question:
Who is going to be taking care of you when you’re old?
Sit with that for a while, then read on …
Data driven decision making is garbage. Pure bunk. One foot in the grave, and the other on a banana peel. “Wait”, you say, “don’t you live and breathe science, and data, and problems and answers?” Yep—sure do. Let us elaborate.