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How can groups make good decisions? 

As a club and as a board of directors, we make group decisions all the time: about proposing a new member, selecting a member for a club leadership position, choosing worthwhile service projects, how to support those projects, how to raise funds, etc.  As Rotarians we have our Four-Way-Test to guide us: if it is true, if it is fair, if it is beneficial, if it creates goodwill, we can usually assume we have made a good decision!  But we are also human beings and may not always get it right.  Fortunately, most clubs are usually composed of like-minded, service-oriented individuals who relish doing good in the world and who come together in service with real impact on local and world communities.  That does not necessarily mean we always make the very best decisions for the club, but this TED Talk by two neuroscientists offers some new ways to reach good decisions.

TedTalkWe all know that when we make decisions in groups, they don't always go right -- and sometimes they go very wrong. How can groups make good decisions? With his colleague Dan Ariely, neuroscientist Mariano Sigman has been inquiring into how we interact to reach decisions by performing experiments with live crowds around the world. In this fun, fact-filled explainer, he shares some intriguing results -- as well as some implications for how it might impact our political system. In a time when people seem to be more polarized than ever, Sigman says, better understanding how groups interact and reach conclusions might spark interesting new ways to construct a healthier democracy.  Watch the video...

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