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The pattern of how we communicate with other people largely determines our success in life, more so than our IQ or our schooling. Successful patterns are ancient and built directly on our biology. By harnessing them we can leverage our social networks to make better decisions, be more creative, and be more successful. Exposing young children to these patterns is particularly important, since they contribute to good brain development.

Alex `Sandy’ Pentland helped create and direct MIT’s Media Lab. He was named by Forbes as one of the ‘seven most powerful data scientists in the world’, along with Google founders and the CTO of the United States, and advises the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Secretary General.


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Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland

Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland

Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab and the Media Lab Asia in India. He is one of the most-cited scientists in the world, and Forbes recently declared him one of the “7 most powerful data scientists in the world” along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States. He has received numerous awards and prizes such as the McKinsey Award from Harvard Business Review, the 40th Anniversary of the Internet from DARPA, and the Brandeis Award for work in privacy.

He is a founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary General, a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than a dozen companies including social enterprises such as the Data Transparency Lab, the Harvard-ODI-MIT DataPop Alliance and the Institute for Data Driven Design. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and leader within the World Economic Forum.