- April 4, 2018
- 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
We've decided by consensus that consensus is good. In her new book, In Defense of Troublemakers, psychologist Charlan Nemeth argues that this principle is completely wrong: left unchallenged, the majority opinion is often biased, unoriginal, or false. It leads planes and markets to crash, causes juries to convict innocent people, and can quite literally make people think blue is green.
We can make better decisions by embracing dissent. Dissent forces us to question the status quo, consider more information, and engage in creative decision-making. Lone objectors make people question their assumptions and bring groups far closer to truth, regardless of whether they are right or wrong.
This is an essential conversation for anyone who works in groups—Charlan's insights will radically change the way you think, listen, and make decisions.
Charlan Nemeth is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in San Francisco.
Liz Beaven, EdD, has been actively engaged in questions of education for most of her life and has spent over 30 years in Waldorf education. Her work as a classroom teacher, school administrator, adult educator, and researcher developed a conviction in the need for fundamental change in how we typically educate our children. This led her to CIIS, where she is working to develop a new graduate program in integral teacher education, contextualizing core principles and practices of the Waldorf approach within a contemporary landscape of equity, access, social justice, and the essential question of true preparation for the rapidly changing, unknown future that will belong to today's school children.