In this getTogether series, we are examining interpersonal communication, why we misunderstand each other, and how to build bridges even when biology, context and personal biases are working against us.

JAN 19

5 p.m. CET / 11 a.m. ET

How "Google-Knowing" Robs us of Understanding, and How to Fight Back
In this episode, we are talking to Professor, Philosopher and author of The Internet of UsMichael P. Lynch, about the difference between "Google-Knowing" and deep understanding. We explore ways to actively gain knowledge, fight information silos and polarisation, and eat some epistemological humble pie when it comes to understanding people and differrent perspectives.

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Weaponized Lies
Weaponized Lies

Disinformation doesn’t just affect people or elections: Businesses need to be ready for this growing threat.

Learn how to communicate more effectively, and improve your work, family and social relationships. 

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Michael P. Lynch

The Internet of Us

Professor offers a profound consideration of questions of knowledge, wisdom and privacy on the Internet.

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EPISODE VII: Brain Chemistry & Better Teams

How Understanding Brain Chemistry Builds Better Teams
In this episode, we are talking to neuroscientist, keynote speaker and award-winning author of The Leading BrainFriederike Fabritius, about how to understand and leverage brain science for better performance and productivity. We discuss about how to hack our brain chemicals to increase fun and focus at work, and even how changes to our physical and virtual work environments to build trust and better teams. Taking into account our own and others brain chemistry can help us create a workplace – and a life – that is happier, healthy and sustainable.

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Friederike Fabritius and Hans W. Hagemann

The Leading Brain

Live right: Sleep, exercise, eat a healthy diet and stimulate your brain to achieve “peak performance.”

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EPISODE VI: Social Media - Hero or Villain?

Social Media: Hero or Villain?
In this episode, we are talking to Bloomberg Tech Journalist Sarah Frier, author of No Filter, a deep dive into the origin story of Instagram and its later acquisition by Facebook. Her book was longlisted for getAbstract's International Book Award 2020.

We ask: How have the explosion of social networks and their pervasiveness in our lives shaped our communication, both online and off? What role do algorithms play in igniting creativity, and on the other hand, increasing polarisation? Despite our obsession with likes, shares and engagement, is there any hope that social media could help restore authentic online communication? It all depends on us, the users. But we need to learn how our behavior is influenced, so we can make more independent, and healthy choices.

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Sarah Frier

No Filter

Instagram began as a place for artistic expression, but Facebook’s acquisition led to immense changes and corporate turmoil.

Simon & Schuster
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“Turn That Damn Thing Off!”
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“Turn That Damn Thing Off!”

With comprehensive home office, team chat solutions have led your colleagues straight into your living room – sometimes even worse. How do you put them outside the door again and get the necessary recreation time?

EPISODE V: How to Cultivate Empathy

How to Cultivate Empathy Amidst Compassion Fatigue
Find out how to use empathy as a motivator rather than letting it wear us down - including the importance of letting some strangers remain strangers. Our guest is best-selling author Kelsey Crowe. She teaches social work at California State University, and founded Help Each Other Out. Its Empathy Bootcamps give people tools “for building relationships when it really counts.”

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Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell

There Is No Good Card for This

Life just kicked your friend in the teeth. What do you say? What do you do?

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The Business Case for Compassion
The Business Case for Compassion

Empathetic understanding of your colleagues and customers isn’t just a natural human quality that warms up interpersonal interactions: It’s essential to meeting people where they are and leading them.

EPISODE IV: What We Say (Without Saying It)

What We Say Without Saying It
In this episode, we will look at how we judge others based on what we see presented to us on film, television, and other media. Our guest will be Adrian Furnham, a psychology professor at London’s University College, and author of the bestseller Body Language in Business.

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Adrian Furnham and Evgeniya Petrova

Body Language in Business

Become fluent in nonverbal communication by understanding body language – your own and other people’s.

Palgrave Macmillan
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EPISODE III - How to Break the Hold of Implicit Bias

In this episode, together with Barbara Adams, the founder and chief learning officer at GAR (Gender, Age and Race) Diversity Consulting in San Francisco, we’ll examine how we can keep context in mind in difficult interpersonal conversations and the way our own biases can blind us to obvious truths.

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Barbara B. Adams PsyD

Women, Minorities, & Other Extraordinary People

After 50 years of diversity efforts, US workplaces remain largely inhospitable to women and minorities.

Greenleaf Book Group
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“If a Diversity Expert Can Fail So Epically, Anyone Can.”
“If a Diversity Expert Can Fail So Epically, Anyone Can.”

Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran on subtle acts of exclusion, how to recognize them, how to avoid them and how to deal with them proactively – on both sides of a conversation.

EPISODE II: Trust Your Gut?

In this episode, we'll explore the tensions between intuition and reason with Gerd Gigerenzer, director of the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. His decade-long research focuses on how we make decisions that in turn impact our workplaces, our communities and even the application of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

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Gerd Gigerenzer

Gut Feelings

Logic won’t always lead you out of a dilemma; sometimes you have to use your instincts.

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Photo by Jorge Zapata on Unsplash
Gut Feelings VS “Rational” Calculations

Do years of individual experience overpower more sophisticated models of judging when it comes to real-world decision making?

EPISODE I: Understand Yourself First

In this first episode, we dive inward first, examining our thought life, how we conceptualize ourselves, and looking at a few different personality types to frame who we are and how we relate to others. Our guest: best-selling author Dave Mitchell

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Dave Mitchell

The Power of Understanding Yourself

Take a deep dive into your psyche to learn the whys of your behavior and to build a better you.

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Kirsten Müller-Daubermann is a Mental Health Advocate, Sports Coach and Regular Host for getAbstract webinars and getTogethers.