Culture Clashes and Culture Change: Psychology in Action

Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 11:30am

Carl I. Hovland Memorial Lecture: Professor Hazel Markus, Stanford University

Where: Workshop (1116), 100 College St, New Haven, CT 06510, USA (map)

When: Thursday, April 4, 2024, 11:30 - 12:45 PM

Description: The Carl L. Hovland Memorial Lecture Colloquium with Professor Hazel Markus from Stanford University
Boxed lunch served during Colloquium Talk followed by a reception in the Workshop and common area (1116)

Talk Details
Title:  Culture Clashes and Culture Change: Psychology in Action

Abstract: Calls for culture change are reverberating across societies. But what is culture change? How does it work? It is effective and how could we know? I will describe a culture cycle change model and four field projects co-developed with organizations experiencing culture clashes: an economic development organization, a police department, a media company, and a public school district. These projects have been conducted at Stanford SPARQ where our vision is to get more science into the world and more of the world into science. Across problems and populations, many organizations are not attuned to the cultural contexts in which they are advising, policing, teaching, and healing.  One initial and common “fix” for many broken cultures is greater emphasis on ideas and practices of recognition and respect.

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