FAN Event: The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World

North Shore Country Day School is teaming up with Family Action Network to present "The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us Create a Better World." This presentation will take place in our Auditorium Monday, November 4, beginning at 7 p.m.
Our shared sense of humanity is the central wellspring of value and meaning in the world. Our ability to
imagine and empathize with the minds of other humans determines everything from our evaluations of high
art and our ability to develop reasonable political policies to how we highly we rate our experiences with
customer service agents. By contrast, our ability to dehumanize others opens the door to shocking
aggression and brutality. In his new book, The Power of Human: How Our Shared Humanity Can Help Us
Create a Better World, award-winning social psychologist and author Adam Waytz, Ph.D. explores our innate
need for human interaction, our capacity for dehumanization, and the ways in which we can reinvest
everyday life with value and meaning by reemphasizing the crucial value of authentic human presence.
The unprecedented access to other humans that technology provides has ironically freed us from engaging
with them. Thanks to social media, we can know a campaigning politician’s platform; an avid traveler’s
restaurant recommendations; and the daily emotional fluctuations of our friends without ever even picking
up the phone. Our increasingly human-free lives come with a serious cost that we’ve already begun to pay:
the loss of our humanity.

Humans have superpowers. More than any other psychological stimulus, our presence can make
experiences feel significant, inspire moral behavior, and encourage action. Recent studies suggest that we
even have power over mortality―the survival rate of individuals with stronger social relationships has been
found to be twice as high as those with weak relationships.

Prof. Waytz is Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg
School of Management. He uses methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study the
causes and consequences of perceiving mental states in other entities and to investigate processes related
to social influence, social connection, meaning-making, and ethics. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology
from Columbia University and a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Chicago, and he
received a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health to complete a postdoctoral
fellowship at Harvard University. He is the first person to receive twice the Theoretical Innovation Prize from
the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He is also the winner of the SAGE Young Scholar Award
and the International Social Cognition Network’s Early Career Award. His writing has appeared in the New
York Times, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

Sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with Chiaravalle Montessori School, Family
Service Center, Glencoe D35, Glencoe PTO, Lake Forest Country Day School, North Shore Country Day
School, Roycemore School, Science and Arts Academy, ServerCentral Turing Group, VillageMD, and the
Wolcott School.
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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.