The Power of Us

Dominic Packer & Jay Van Bavel
Our newsletter is designed to help people get smarter about groups and make groups smarter. Each week, we delve into the science and the stories of social identity, group dynamics, and collective behavior.
Created 17 Mar 2021
  • What motivates bystanders to intervene in an attack?
    18 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    This weekend, the New York Times reported yet another story about bystanders failing to intervene as they witnessed a woman being sexually assaulted on a train outside Philadelphia. In this highly dis...
  • From me to we: Building a community
    12 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    When our book first came out, our friend Jamil Zaki, author of ‘The War for Kindness’, urged us to ignore metrics like weekly book sales. Instead, he passed along a sage insight he had received from h...
  • Why we fight over who makes the best pizza
    05 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    In 2013, Jon Stewart, then the host of The Daily Show, set aside the program’s usual focus on politics to talk about something more important: pizza, specifically Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. “Deep-...
  • How incentives shape identities
    28 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    We are excited to feature an interview with Professor Allison Mickel this week. Allison is an archeologist and cultural anthropologist, and one of Dom’s colleagues at Lehigh University. Allison recent...
  • The science of building solidarity
    21 Sep 2021 • 8 min read
    A disaster occurred during the morning commute in London on July 7, 2005, when terrorists attacked the city’s vast transportation network. Suicide bombers detonated three bombs on underground trains a...
  • Leveraging the Collective Mind
    14 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    The Power of Us launched seven days ago and we had an exciting first week of interviews, podcasts, and stories about the book. In the event you don’t know what The Power of Us is all about, Lehigh New...
  • The Power of Us is here!
    07 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    The Power of Us begins with two quotations. The first reads, “We are all a sort of chameleons, that still take a tincture from things near us.” When people quote John Locke’s line from 1693, they ofte...
  • Surprising influence, with Vanessa Bohns
    31 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    One week left until book launch! As it turns out, we have the same publication date as Professor Vanessa Bohns, whose new book, ‘You Have More Influence Than You Think’, also comes out next Tuesday (S...
  • Playing 'The Status Game' with Will Storr
    24 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    This week, we are excited to shared an interview with award-winning author and journalist Will Storr about his forthcoming book, ‘The Status Game: On Social Position and How We Use It. Will has writte...
  • The Power of Us is available for preorder!
    17 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    Our book comes out in three weeks and we could not be more excited! In this week’s newsletter, we thought we would tell you a bit more about ourselves, the book we wrote, and why we really hope you’ll...
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