November Prof & A Pint

We are in a whitewater world. Automation is contributing to a rapidly shifting job market. Natural disasters are devastating communities. Political polarization and instability are eroding trust. These technological, natural, and political rapids are creating sudden and regular shocks to society, making it difficult for individuals and communities to know how they can adapt to protect themselves from the downstream consequences of change. This talk explores the challenge of fostering flourishing in a whitewater world. How can we support communities in navigating the rapids they encounter? If digital technology has contributed to creating the whitewater world we are in, what role can it play in helping us to navigate it? We explore these through David’s personal journey wrestling with these questions while developing models for understanding polarization, algorithms for scaling decision-making, and systems for integrating experiential education and nonprofit support.

David T. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz, where he directs the Tech4Good Lab. He received his PhD from Stanford University, where he was a part of the Social Algorithms Lab and Crowdsourced Democracy Team. His research combines modeling, design and algorithms to develop systems that seek to support individual and societal flourishing. He is currently focused on scaling opportunities for experiential, situated education, and on supporting governments and nonprofits in coordinating communities to address complex, societal issues. His work has received a Notable Paper Award at HCOMP, been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and deployed with the Finland Ministry of the Environment. He is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, an Accel Innovation Scholar, and a two-time recipient of a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.


Navigating a Whitewater World:
Exploring the Role of Technology for Social Good

Assistant Professor David Lee
Monday, November 12, 2018
6:30—8 p.m.
Forager Tasting Room & Eatery
in Downtown, San Jose

Please join us for A Prof and A Pint, a monthly series of informal discussions, served over dinner and drinks, at Forager Tasting Room and Eatery. Brought to you by UC Santa Cruz Alumni, and helping to celebrate 2018 as the Year of Alumni, each talk will engage a UC Santa Cruz faculty member or grad student in discussion with you, the local community of Silicon Valley. Talks are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Topics include everything from organic artichokes to endangered zebras. Self-driving cars to Shakespeare. Audience participation is encouraged. Enjoy a great meal and learn something while you eat!

Entry is free, but please consider ordering some food and drinks to support *Forager, our host.