On November 9th Luke Matthews, Activate Networks’ Senior Scientific Director, will speak at the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) in Boston, MA. He will discuss his findings that congregational lineages better predict religious violence than do the personal social networks of their leaders (Matthews et al. 2012).
After two days exploring the latest advances in network science to solve today's toughest problems in business, life sciences and healthcare, 300 attendees walked away from Activate Networks' Connected Insight Summit with a revived perspective on Nicholas Christakis’s keynote wisdom: “We are entering a massive, passive data revolution.” The cutting-edge case studies presented throughout the Summit focused on this exciting challenge through a network lens, emphasizing how social network analysis (SNA) is powerfully impacting the future of entire industries.
During the Connected Insight Summit, over thirty industry innovators joined us from world-leading institutions – including Yale, Excel Medical Ventures, DocGraph and more – to present how they’re leveraging social network analysis to discover key lessons within the enormous haystack of data at our fingertips today. If you missed this premier event, keep reading this entry to find the cliffs notes from the conference.
The Connected Insight Summit is just over two weeks away! Register now to get your ticket. Today we published a press release to invite members of the media to our ground-breaking conference on leveraging the power of social networks to solve the biggest problems in business and healthcare. For all of the exciting details, speakers, and sessions, view the press release below!
The increased awareness of social networks in human life clearly has been brought about by new technologies that make these networks literally visible.
Facebook, Twitter, and the various other social media platforms have for the first time mapped in front of our eyes the social networks in which we participate. As visually oriented primates, this has raised in our general consciousness the role of social networks that have always been operating and that were appreciated by academic sociologists for at least the past hundred years.
Learn more about the evolution of social media. Read the full post by Activate Networks' Senior Scientific Director, Luke J. Matthews, to discover what's changed - and what hasn't - in human social networks.
Activate Networks made the news again. This time, Boston.com looked to our own Luke Matthews PhD, Senior Scientific Director, to help answer the question: how can corporations help their employees adopt more healthful habits?
Luke and his co-authors published a recent study that finds that a company’s existing e-mail traffic data can help them identify the influential employees who naturally promote healthful behaviors.
Activate Networks is in the news! CBS News featured the recent study on wellness and real-life social networks at the workplace, co-authored by Activate Networks’ Senior Scientific Director, Luke Matthews, PhD.
“Previous research suggests there may be a social component to obesity,” writes reporter Ryan Jaslow. “Some studies have shown that people who have a lot of overweight or obese friends are more likely to be heavy themselves. Now a new study suggests that who you email may reveal your weight status.”
This new study, conducted jointly by Activate Networks and partner Healthways, the leading well-being company, tells us that corporate e-mail traffic data can infer employees’ health traits, specifically Body Mass Index.
A new study has found that relationships between coworkers can predict Body Mass Index (BMI) and that corporate email traffic data can now be used to map a social network that identifies connections influential to one's likelihood of being obese.
Read the full post to find the official press release, published on March 14, 2013.
An academic paper published today found that researchers can map the informal professional social networks at companies and organizations using readily-available email traffic data. The social network maps derived from email traffic data are substantially similar in several ways to social network maps derived from more traditional data sources, such as surveys of employees.
The study also shows that an important health trait – body mass index – is predicted by BMIs of close relationship ties at the workplace, even when these ties are inferred from email traffic alone. This finding replicates, for the first time in a workplace setting, network correlations for BMI in the pioneering work of Christakis and Fowler on the Framingham Heart Study population1.