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 LOCATION & TIMING:

Unless otherwise noted, we meet from 4pm-6pm every Monday at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St 2nd Floor, Cambridge MA 02138:
[Map here]

DESCRIPTION:

The Cooperation Seminar is an informal multidisciplinary weekly meeting that discusses issues and reviews emerging research on the underpinnings of cooperation, both online and in the material world. The program combines speaker presentations with discussions of our participants' ongoing research initiatives. Past seminars have covered work in evolutionary biology, computer science, experimental economics, psychology, sociology, neuro-psychology, law, and anthropology.

Our group seeks to bring together people from varied backgrounds who are interested in studying cooperation, promote discussion, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Each meeting we will generally have one speaker give an informal presentation, with many interruptions for questions, discussion, and debate. Last year talk topics included intentions vs consequences in moral judgments, the role of punishment in the evolution of cooperation, collaboration in scientific research, political fundraising, and human systems design, to mention a few.

We welcome new participants, and inquiries from individuals who wish to present their research. To find out about upcoming seminar topics, you may join the seminar email list by emailing Dave Rand and subscribing to our Google group.

Contact: Dave Rand
Visit our Google Group Page (email Dave to subscribe)


SCHEDULE SPRING 2010

2/1/2010   
Anna Dreber
KSG Women and Public Policy Program / Institute for Financial Research [SIFR], Stockholm
Gender, development, and preferences for competition and cooperation

2/8/2010   
Thomas Pfeiffer   
Harvard Program for Evolutionary Dynamics
Science and the Internet: from Theory to Implementation

2/15/2010   
NO MEETING (President's Day)

2/22/2010
NO MEETING

3/1/2010       
Michael Manapat
MIT Mathematics
The limits of reputation, the power of irrationality and the evolution of trust

3/8/2010   
Liane Young   
MIT Brain & Cognitive Science
Mental State Reasoning for Establishing Innocence & Guilt

3/15/2010   
NO MEETING (SPRING BREAK)

3/22/2010   
Jennifer Shkabatur
Harvard Law School
Digital Citizens: Consumers and Co-Producers of Public Goods
   
3/29/2010   
NO MEETING (PASSOVER)

4/5/2010   
Prof. Mike Norton   
Harvard Business School
The Benefits of Prosocial Spending, for Individuals and Organizations

4/12/2010   
Andy Eggers   
Harvard Government
Bargaining in Deliberative Bodies: Evidence from French Municipal Councils

4/19/2010       
NO MEETING

4/26/2010       
Benjamin Mako Hill & Andres Monroy-Hernandez
MIT
TBA

5/3/2010
Prof. Karim Lakhani
Harvard Business School
Open Innovation Institutions as Governance or Selection Mechanisms? Evidence from a Field Experiment on a NASA Space Life Science Problem

        

SCHEDULE FALL 2009:

9/14/2009   
Kobi Gal   
Harvard Computer Science   
Cooperative strategies in  uncertain domains

9/21/2009   
Felix Warneken   
Harvard Psychology   
The Roots of Human Altruism in Ontogeny and Phylogeny

9/28/2009   
Chris Oveis   
Harvard Psychology   
Power and Compassion: Signals, Intuitions, and Conflicts

10/5/2009   
Haoqi Zhang   
Harvard Computer Science   
A General Approach to Environment Design

10/12/2009   
NO MEETING        

10/19/2009   
Sheen Levine   
Singapore Management University   
Why Do They Share? Mechanisms of Generalized Exchange (aka Pay it Forward)

10/26/2009   
Herb Gintis   
UMass Amherst Economics   
Moral Sentiments and Material Interests

11/2/2009   
NO MEETING

11/9/2009   
Simon Gachter  
University of Nottingham Economics   
Costly cooperation and punishment from a behavioral economics perspective
OFFSITE: This talk will happen at PED, 1 Brattle Sq 6th Floor in Harvard Sq
http://ped.fas.harvard.edu/location/walking.html

11/16/2009   
Sam Bowles   
Sante Fe Institute 
A cooperative species: evolutionary models and the Pleistocene human condition
OFFSITE: This talk will happen at PED, 1 Brattle Sq 6th Floor in Harvard Sq
http://ped.fas.harvard.edu/location/walking.html

11/23/2009   
Judith Donath   
Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard
The economics of trust: Signaling theory applied to human Communication

11/30/2009   
Jesse Shapins & James Burns    
Harvard   
Mapping Main Street: Experiments in the New Genre of Collaborative Documentary Media


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