Trust and Human Connection in the Age of AI and Social Networks


MIT Center for Constructive Communication invites you to a day of exploration and conversation on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

TYPE: event
WHEN: 05.07.2024
WHERE: MIT Center for Constructive Communication, 75 Amherst Street (MIT Media Lab, Building E14), Cambridge, MA


May 7, 2024

8:00 AM

Breakfast and registration

9:00 AM

Symposium, Workshops, and Research Open House

6:00 PM



Over the course of the day, you will:

  • hear from experts on the challenges and opportunities for generative AI; the hurdles facing  preservation of our democracy; and a new platform that scales dialogue with technology
  • learn about a campus-wide MIT facilitated-dialogue initiative to address tension and distrust
  • experience real talk and real listening insights through analysis of your pre-recorded conversations
  • explore interactive demos and high-impact field work during a research open house

Highlights include conversations with:

  • Martha Minow, Professor, Harvard Law School
  • Oren Etzioni, Senior advisor and board member, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)
  • Robert Clark, Founder and CEO, Newark Opportunity Youth Network
  • Kathy Cramer, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

We know the challenges we are currently facing are significant, yet we remain energized that we can–and will–make a difference. We look forward to your participation in what promises to be a day of connection and creative ideation.

Throughout the day, the closely affiliated non-profit Cortico team will demonstrate their expanded work with CCC in workshops and demonstrations.  

Join us to experience how small group dialogue, combined with AI, enables a new way to listen. Please sign up to record a small-group conversation before the event to share your perspectives. On May 7, together we will see how CCC’s human-steered AI tools make sense of these  conversations,  helping  to shape the day’s agenda and  demonstrate the power of listening.

Please Confirm your spot by April 25, 2024.

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Martha Minow

Legal scholar Martha Minow is 300th Anniversary University Professor and former dean at the Harvard Law School. She is an expert in human rights and advocacy law for members of racial and religious minorities, as well as for women, children, and persons with disabilities. A mentor for many Harvard Law School students over the years, including Barack Obama, she writes and teaches about constitutional law, fairness and privacy, digital communications, democracy, privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict. Minow has served on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Commission on Countering Violent Extremism and on the Independent International Commission Kosovo. She helped to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. Prior to joining the Harvard Law School faculty, she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Her many honors include the Sargent Shriver Equal Justice Award (2016); nine honorary degrees (in law, education, and humane letters); the Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to Public Discourse, awarded by the College Historical Society of Trinity College, Dublin; the Holocaust Center Award; and the Sacks-Freund Teaching Award, awarded by the Harvard Law School graduating class. Minow is author and editor of many scholarly articles and books, including In Brown’s Wake: Legacies of America’s Constitutional Landmark (2010) and Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech (2021).


Katherine Cramer

Katherine Cramer is a professor of political science and the Natalie C. Holton Chair of Letters & Science and the Virginia Sapiro Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service. She is also a visiting professor at the MIT Center for Constructive Communication. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it, and is known for her innovative approach to the study of public opinion in which she uses methods such as inviting herself into the conversations of groups of people to better understand their connections to each other and to their government. Her award-winning book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, brought to light rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics, and was a go-to source for understanding voter patterns in the 2016 presidential election (University of Chicago Press, 2016).   


Oren Etzioni

Dr. Oren Etzioni is the founder of, a nonprofit fighting political deepfakes. He was the Founding Chief Executive Officer at the Allen Institute for AI (AI2), having served as CEO from its inception in 2013 until late 2022. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington where he helped to pioneer meta-search, online comparison shopping, machine reading, and open information extraction.  He has authored several award-winning technical papers, achieving an H-index of 100 (100 technical papers each cited over 100 times).  Finally, he is a technical director of the AI2 Incubator and a Venture Partner at Madrona. He has founded several companies including Farecast (acquired by Microsoft).


Robert Clark

Robert Clark has spent more than 25 years in the youth workforce development space, not only as a founder and advocate, but also as a product of these impactful programs. As a YouthBuild Boston graduate, Clark was the first YouthBuild graduate to launch a YouthBuild program in a major city — Newark, New Jersey. He’s spent his career advocating for juvenile justice reform, re-entry programming, and vocational training for youths. In 2016, Clark founded the Newark Opportunity Youth Network (NOYN), New Jersey’s leading advocate of opportunity youth with a body of replicable initiatives designed to address youth disconnection, including a LEAD Charter School, YouthBuild Newark, My Brother’s Keeper Newark, and the Newark Youth Workforce Collaborative. His commitment to young people has shaped his service as a founding member of My Brother’s Keeper Newark’s Advisory Council and as a board member of the Newark Trust for Education and the Newark Workforce Development Board. Clark is a Boston native and holds a bachelor’s degree focused on adult training in human services from the University of Massachusetts.


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