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May 23 2012

Conversation with Nicholas Christakis and Tim O’Reilly about creating an Epidemic of Health

I had the pleasure of attending the O’Reilly Health Foo Camp last weekend at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center (NERD) in Cambridge, MA.  It was a very interesting event, run as an Open Space “Unconference.”

I really enjoyed Nicholas Christakis’ presentation on his latest work relating to social networks and health.   He, along with James Fowler, whom I’ve had a previous conversation about networks )  and about his book release ) are co-authors of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives.

I spoke with him after his presentation and recorded the conversation on my iPhone.  Tim O’Reilly, CEO of O’Reilly Media and Open Source Software guru that hosted the event, also chimed in.  The basic theme is how can we use social networks to increase our health, what Jonas Salk called Creating an Epidemic of Health.

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