Taking their cue from economists, managers and policy makers have come to rely on the use of clever incentives to get people to do the right thing. Barry Schwartz will argue that incentives can never be clever enough to get us what we want and need from doctors, lawyers, teachers, and bankers; that people have to want to do the right thing because it is the right thing. Moreover, incentives can actually make things worse. They can compete with other motives, thereby undermining people’s desire to do the right thing in the absence of incentives. In a society in which everything we do is governed by incentives, people can lose any sense of moral or social obligation. That is, when we allow incentives to dominate our social institutions, we can create a world in which incentives are all there is. In a world like this, nothing works as it should.
- Green Visiting Professors Christine Chambers and Michael Sullivan rethink a chronic problem
- Award-winning poet Paul Munden examines his own life as a poet through the lens of Laurence Sterne's playful deconstruction of the storytellling process.
- July 18, 2014PhD student Jake Wall ('09-'11) uses GPS collars, Google Earth and algorithms he developed to help rangers protect elephants
- June 17, 2014The Times covers Liu Institute Visiting Fellow at Green College Chris Dolan at conference to end sexual violence in war (photo courtesy @LauraWestbrork, BBC)
- September 26, 2013Since September 2012, Green College has partnered with UBC TREK to support Green College residents in volunteering at Lord Strathcona Elementary School. Lord Strathcona is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is the oldest elementary school in Vancouver.
- Audio recording of Jillian Christmas and Chris Gilpin (Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings series)September 20, 2013On Wednesday, September 18, poetry-slam champion Jillian Christmas was joined by Chris Gilpin for live readings at Green College.