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.
- Why do people make irrational economic decisions? Two experts - a behavioural economist and a computer scientist - provide answers
- Digital media are rapidly changing the exploration and creation of arts and culture. Artistic experimentation and cultural research have adopted a dazzling array of digital tools and technologies to make art and examine cultural practices. This series, co-sponsored by Green College UBC and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, UBC Okanagan, presents innovative artists and scholars from across North America who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary creative and critical practice.
- February 25, 2014J.B. MacKinnon talks about a possible future 'rewilded' Vancouver in an interview with UBC Creative Writing prof and Green College series co-convenor Deborah Campbell.
- February 04, 2014Kevin Leyton-Brown was awarded the 2014 Steacie Memorial Fellowship, while Makoto Fujiwara led the Canadian contingent on the ALPHA antimatter team awarded the Polanyi Award.
- 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.