Sandy Pentland: Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread

Editor’s note: The work of Sandy Pentland was mentioned a couple of times at the CIPD’s annual conference. Here Pentland talks through his concept of social physics and how it explains how we behave as social beings in the workplace.

Inside the weird, profitable study of social physics

Editor’s note: MIT professor Alex Pentland studies how ideas flow through groups and the effect that flow has on productivity, something he calls “Social Physics. He says social physics can predict the creativity and productivity of a team based on their communication.

How should we analyse our lives?

Editor’s note: Fascinating look at social physics, the collection of colleague ‘behaviour’ data and what this means for privacy.