Lex Paulson, PhD, lecturer in rhetoric and political theory at Sciences Po Paris, is interested in how we can act in a context of uncertainty and misinformation. Coach for the Pass at thecamp, he answers a few questions!
– Your workshop is entitled “Deciphering Fake News Mechanisms for Better Decision-Making”. What do you teach exactly?
The workshop provides participants with tools for analyzing and better understanding the different types of fake or biased news we are presented with daily. We want them to be able to ask themselves questions about their own communications strategy, so they can subsequently target their audience efficiently, while avoiding the numerous pitfalls of a digital environment in which misinformation is rife. To achieve this, we look at some of the key principles of behavioral and cognitive science using a number of case studies, games and simulations. The workshop is aimed particularly at communicators, with participants coming from the information ecosystem.
– What would you say are the benefits of the Pass?
Professionals, communicators and business executives often don’t have enough time to inform themselves and think about what’s going on around them, in society, in the business sector or in the world as a whole. The advantage of the Pass is that it offers them a space to meet others and exchange ideas, one in which they can reflect and find inspiration. Here, we learn about innovations and practical cases in numerous domains.
– Why here at thecamp rather than elsewhere?
The way we think is directly connected to our interaction with our environment, other people and even physical objects. All these things have a huge impact on the quality of our thought process. thecamp offers people the opportunity to think differently, thanks to the place itself, its facilities and the interactions that happen here.