Visualizing Change in Society

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Faculty Mentors:
Andrew Ward, Professor, Management
Joshua Ehrig, Professor of Practice, Management
Students on the team this summer:
Karina Chen ’24, Computer Science / Design
Tara Fitzpatrick ’21, Environmental Studies / Health, Medicine & Society
Yuxin (Diana) Liu ’22, Mathematics / Economics
Michael Port ’22, CSB (Integrated Degree in Computer Science and Business)
Fernando Tamayo ’21G, 1-MBA program (Business Analytics)
Danielle Testa ’21, Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience)
Jia Wo ’20, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Project Description: The pace of change continues to accelerate, and there are various societal-level
forces, which we call Societal Shifts, which will drive fundamental change in society – how we live,
work, and interact with one another – and will also impact the great divides within society: inequalities
in wealth, health, and access to technology, as well as facilitate or hinder progress towards achieving
the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are currently focusing on eight of these Societal Shifts:
Changing Demographics, Climate Change, Rapid Urbanization, Energy Generation & Storage, Social
Commerce, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain. This project will create a visual
“dashboard” that tells us the speed and direction that these Societal Shifts are moving, by identifying
key indicators that underlie the progress of these shifts and where this data is sourced. Data will then
be fed into a visual dashboard to give current data, and trend data, in an easy-to-understand visual
representation of the shifts.
Month/Year Project Began: June 2020