Sign up for Paul Zak’s Harvard Biz webinar

On Monday, Dec. 5th at noon, Paul Zak will deliver a webinar on the “Neuroscience of Trust: Setting Leaders Up for Success,” via Harvard Biz. Sign up here.

It is widely known that high employee engagement is good for business. Not so widely known is how to make it happen. Some organizations try to build engagement through such perks like as gourmet meals or “karaoke Fridays.” Such activities might boost short-term workplace happiness, but they fail to have any lasting effect on talent retention or performance. Paul J. Zak’s research has found that the key to employee engagement is building a culture of trust. []

Watch two new Oliver Luckett Big Think videos

Oliver Luckett, author of the new book The Social Organism, takes on the topics, Mark Zuckerberg Is the World’s Most Powerful Editor-in-Chief and How the 2016 Election Catalyzed America’s Hidden Hate.

Oliver Luckett is a technology entrepreneur and currently CEO of ReviloPark, a global culture accelerator. He has served as Head of Innovation at the Walt Disney Company and co-founder of video sharing platform Revver. As CEO of theAudience, Luckett worked with clients such as Obama for America, Coachella, Pixar, and American Express. He has helped managed the digital personae of hundreds of celebrities and brands, including Star Wars, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, and Toy Story 3. []

Brian Keane named CEO of the Year

Brian Keane––President of SmartPower, the nation’s leading non-profit marketing firm dedicated to promoting clean energy and energy efficiency––has been named CEO of the Year by Corporate LiveWire.

Each year, Corporate LiveWire, a business resource providing content on subjects like corporate transactions, international markets and changes in legislation, celebrates organizations and individuals who have shown continued excellence and innovation amid ongoing global economic uncertainty. Among tens of thousands of nominations, the judging panel at Corporate LiveWire considered the strengths of each shortlisted candidate and set its sights firmly on the most innovative, groundbreaking and client-focused firms, teams and individuals who have transformed the way in which they do business. []

Joshua Gans has co-authored a new piece at the Harvard Business Review

Joshua Gans, most recently the author of The Disruption Dilemma, has co-authored “The Simple Economics of Machine Intelligence.”

The first effect of machine intelligence will be to lower the cost of goods and services that rely on prediction. This matters because prediction is an input to a host of activities including transportation, agriculture, healthcare, energy manufacturing, and retail. When the cost of any input falls so precipitously, there are two other well-established economic implications. First, we will start using prediction to perform tasks where we previously didn’t. Second, the value of other things that complement prediction will rise. []

Sue Klebold’s A Mother’s Reckoning named one of the Best Memoirs of 2016 by The Washington Post

Sue Klebold made the list among Bruce Springsteen, Diane Rehm and others.

Seventeen years after the Columbine shooting, the mother of Dylan Klebold tells her story. This book is an apology to the loved ones of the victims, an account of the Klebold family’s life in the days and months after the shooting and a catalogue of warning signs missed. []

Carol Anderson: “Donald Trump Is the Result of White Rage, Not Economic Anxiety”

At TIME, Carol Anderson dissects the election.

White rage got us here. While the economic anxiety of Trump supporters is often touted as the driving force behind the mogul’s electoral college victory, that rationale is just a ruse, a clever red herring. The median income of a Trump supporter is more than $70,000 per year, which is well above the national average, and a 2016 study noted that it would take African Americans 228 years to equal the wealth of whites in the U.S. Clearly, Trump’s pathway into the Oval Office is not really about white economic angst. Rather, Barack Obama’s election — and its powerful symbolism of black advancement — was the major trigger for the policy backlash that led to Donald Trump, and which has now put America’s national security at risk. []

At Foreign Policy, Shadi Hamid on the Election aftermath

Shadi Hamid has published the piece, “The End of the End of History.”

For the first time in our history, Americans have elected an “illiberal democrat” as president. That doesn’t mean the United States will become an illiberal democracy — where democratically elected leaders fundamentally erode the rights and freedoms we associate with the classical liberal tradition — anytime soon. But it does mean we could become one. []