Episode Date August 23, 2022
Featured Guest Dominic Packer
Featured Book "Experiments in Ethics" by Kwame Appiah

Episode Summary

Dominic Packer reading from Kwame Appiah’s Experiments in Ethics and discussing finding your own identity through dissent.

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Keep this between us, but I have an offer for you. There’s this thing called the Insiders Club; it’s amazing and exclusive, and the other people who are a part of it are truly extraordinary, like you. We don’t let anybody in–it’s invite only, and the invites are rare … This doesn’t really exist, but it’s tempting to be an insider, isn’t it?

Actually, even though you’re not in the Insiders Club, you already are an insider. You belong to certain groups that have rules to keep people in, and others out. So, just as you’re already an insider, you’re already an outsider, too. My question is: What are you doing to create insiders, and to mitigate the pain of being an outsider?

Dominic Packer is a Professor of Social Psychology who studies how groups shape our identities, decisions, and our lives. He teaches at Lehigh University, and he’s recently co-authored a book, The Power of Us, with a fellow psychology professor, Jay Van Bavel.

Dominic reads ‘Experiments in Ethics’ by Kwame Appiah. [reading begins at 15:48]

Hear us discuss:

  • “I think you can be both with and against.” [8:47]
  • The practice of effective dissent: “If you’re dissenting for the good of the group, your goal is to persuade.” [9:52]
  • The evolution of social identity over the last decade. [21:20]
  • Managing and navigating identity politics: “Power has always been held by those who had identities.” [24:41]

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Dominic Packer | Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | The Power of Us: Harnessing Our Shared Identities to Improve Performance, Increase Cooperation, and Promote Social Harmony

Kwame Appiah | Experiments in Ethics

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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