Sinan Aral

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Sinan Aral studies how behavioral contagions spread through social networks – from products to productivity to public health. His novel research on information and behavioral diffusion in massive networks is being applied to a variety of fields including epidemiology, innovation management, organizational performance and development economics. Aral has won several awards and honors including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award and the IBM Faculty Award. Additionally, his work has been published in leading journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Marketing Science, Organization Science and the Sloan Management Review, and has been mentioned in The New York Times and The Economist. Aral’s work shows how emerging new technologies and modes of communication have a profound impact on economies and society.
  • Fellow 2010 Science Fellows
  • Fellow PopTech 2010
  • Faculty 2012 Science Fellows
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PopTech Editions I: James Fowler, Sinan Aral, and Gary Slutkin speak social contagion

Recently, PopTech announced a new initiative called Editions, which explores an emerging theme at the edge of change from the perspective of some of the remarkable innovators shaping it. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been highlighting individual pieces from our first Edition, Person-to-person: Social contagion for social good. Today, we’re highlighting videos from past PopTech presenters relevant to the theme, which we included in Edition I.Read more »

Announcing PopTech Editions: Social Contagion for Social Good

Announcing PopTech Editions: Social Contagion for Social Good

We’re excited to introduce PopTech Editions, a feature that explores an emerging theme at the edge of change from the perspective of some of the remarkable innovators shaping it. From tracking behaviors within social networks to exploring the service-oriented nature of social innovation to getting a handle on the unanticipated outcomes of climate change, Editions serve as a guide

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This week in PopTech: Night lights, cool covers and mobilizing secrets

This week in PopTech: Night lights, cool covers and mobilizing secrets

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

In his latest project, 2010 PopTech speaker Colin Rich sought to capture the electric radiance of Los Angeles at night. If you ask us, he totally succeeded

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This week in PopTech: Feast of the Fellows

This week in PopTech: Feast of the Fellows

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

The Harvard Business Review profiles 2010 Science Fellow Sinan Aral‘s latest research on “Viral Product Design.” Sinan’s work proves that you can engineer Read more »

Share the wealth and spread the word with Elizabeth Dunn and Sinan Aral

Happiness and money do go hand-in-hand, explained Elizabeth Dunn during her PopTech 2010 talk. But, it’s not the simple more-money, more-happiness equation that we might assume. In fact, during studies Dunn and her team conducted, it became apparent that there was a threshold at which point greater wealth led to a decreased ability to savor.

In addition, they found

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2010 PopTech Fellows: Ben Lyon & Sinan Aral

The 2010 PopTech Fellows have been in Camden all week getting training from PopTech Faculty, networking and learning from and about each other. To introduce the Class of 2010 Fellows and the good work they are all doing, Andrew Zolli ran a short video produced by Beth Cohen of PopTech.

Meet the PopTech Social Innovators class of 2010!

First of the SI Fellows to actually

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