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.
- The deadline is December 16, 2013 for receiving applications. The position offers the opportunity for one influential scholar, activist, artist, leader, or practitioner for a 4-month period, from September – Dec, or January – April.
- This new series gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology”.
- November 14, 2013The Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General's Award honours two Green College Writers-in-Residence.
- November 06, 2013Fakir created Space Launch Canada with a vision for BC as a destination for launching satellites and putting Canada on the space exploration map.
- 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.