In conversation on “framers” and diversity

The Salzburg Global Seminar recently organized a conversation between journalist and writer Pallavi Aiyar and professor Mayer-Schönberger on the importance of diversity, especially in light of the argument put forward by professor Mayer-Schönberger and his co-authors in their recent book “framers”. The conversation is now available on YouTube to watch here.

Discussion on “framers”

Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center has published a video of the discussion between professor Mayer-Schönberger, professor Malavika Jayaram, Sabelo Mhlambi, and professor Urs Gasser on “framers”, the new book by professor Mayer-Schönberger (co-authored by Kenneth Cukier and Francis de Vericourt). It is available on Youtube – and here is a link to more info.

“framers” – Interview with Professor Mayer-Schönberger

The Los Angeles Review of Books published its extensive interview with professor Mayer-Schönberger on “framers“, the recent book he co-authored, and on the human power of mental models – and why framing as an incremental process of eliciting alternative decision options is a far more promising strategy for success compared with a radical reframing of the situation we find ourselves in. It also touches on the importance of cognitive pluralism, for individuals, but more importantly for society – highlighting Hannah Arendt’s call for multiple standpoints rather than a “single frame of truth”.

Lots of press for “framers”

Lots of digital outlets continue to report on, review, and talk about “framers”, the new book co-authored by professor Mayer-Schönberger. Here is a small selection for those who want to tune in: Martin Reeves talks with Kenneth Cukier and Francis de Vericourt on the BCG Henderson Institute podcast, both also talk on the “How to Fix It?” podcast, Scott Galloway talks with Kenneth Cukier on his “Prof G Show”, Tim Harford engages with Kenneth Cukier on the HowTo Academy, and Kenneth Cukier ist talking about “framers” on KeenOn.

New Book – “framers” released!

“framers” is the new book, co-authored by professor Mayer-Schönberger together with decision scientist Francis de Véricourt and ECONOMIST senior editor Kenneth Cukier. Published in the US on May 11, 2021, “framers” is the culmination of three years of work. In “framers”, professor Mayer-Schönberger and his co-authors focus on a cognitive superpower humans posses, but which is often underutilized: to think using mental models. In contrast to many commentators on the findings of behavioral economists, “framers” suggests that utilizing framing, humans can greatly improve their decision-making – individually and societally.

“framers” features countless examples of human framing, from innovators and scientists, like Elon Musk and Jennifer Doudna, to artists like Martha Graham and, activists like Alyssa Milano and athletes like Mount Everest mountaineers Peter Habeler and Reinhold Messner. “framers” also includes numerous rarely told stories, from how physicist Lise Meitner was the first to understood nuclear fission (and coin the phrase), but was denied the Nobel prize 48 times (likely because of rampant misogynism) to how research on global warming relies on imagining a world without humans, from how computers can self-learn to win chess, Go, and popular video games, but crucially depend on mental models, and how developing and maintaining a repertoire of cognitive frames is crucial for our survival.

“framers” has been endorsed by a wide spectrum of voices, including entrepreneurs like Salesforce’s Mark Benioff and Box’s Arron Levie as well as DeepMind cofounder Mustafa Suleyman and professional poker player Annie Duke.