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Thinker-Fest 2023: Uniting Thinkers50 and the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

In this half-day virtual conference, Thinkers50 and MIT IDE explore the latest thinking around social networks in the digital economy.

Registration is free, please follow the ‘register now’ button to secure your spot.

February 23, 2023

9:30 am - 2:00 pm EST

What’s top of mind for the digital economy’s thought leaders? Join the Thinkers50@MIT IDE live virtual event to learn about the latest digital economy research—and how it can help your business thrive and leap ahead of the competition. As you know, the digital economy changes fast. At the Thinkers50@MIT IDE event, you’ll catch up on the latest academic research on misinformation and fake news, hybrid work and remote leadership, human-first AI, and the power of weak ties for online job searchers. Join this live event, and you’ll also learn how you can apply these research findings to your day-to-day management. Leaders from Thinkers50, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), and industry will discuss the latest trends and findings that have direct impacts on hiring and retention, the automation of work, strategic use of AI, and optimizing online platforms and social media. Join this live virtual event on February 23, 2023. Topics include:
  • The Splinternet, Fireside chat with a focus on misinformation and fake news, what it means for democracy and business, and understanding and reducing the spread of false and misleading information online. 
  • Hybrid work and leading remotely.  Panel discussion of problems, opportunities and solutions for the digitization of labor markets and work and the challenge of leading remote teams.
  • Human-first AI: behavioral science approaches to understanding the interplay of humans and algorithmic bias for optimal decision-making and responsible Innovation.
  • Do Weak Ties Still Bind? Keynote by MIT IDE Director, Sinan Aral. ‘A Causal Test of the Strength of Weak Ties’. This research included 20 million people and over two billion new relationships on LinkedIn.
See full agenda below.

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Thinkers50 was founded in 2001 to share the very best in business and management thinking. Today it identifies, ranks and shares management ideas that can make a positive difference in the world. Thinkers50 also convenes high-level events that generate interest and coverage in the business media and the world of business and thought leadership. Since 2011 that has included the Distinguished Achievement Awards, presented every other year in London at the Thinkers50 Awards Gala.


The MIT IDE  is the largest academic research group solely focused on the digital economy. The IDE works to shape a brighter digital future through research, events and education. Its research groups explore important issues including data-driven societies, human-first AI, labor economics, misinformation and fake news, social networks, tech for good, and technologies that create prosperity. The IDE also produces The Digital Insider podcast, publishes research reports and blog posts, and hosts events such as Thinkers50@MIT IDE that bring new perspectives for business, the economy and society.