Book Chat 4/17: The Leap

“Why should we all take a leap of faith into the world of trust? Ulrich Boser provides the profound answer in this thorough, insightful analysis of the psychology of social connectedness where we weigh communal interest over self-interest, selflessness over selfishness, giving to others over being a taker.” — Philip Zimbardo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Stanford University

For the past few months, the Mozilla Science Lab has experimented with hosting social media book club chats, events where we pre-read a text and then host a threaded conversation on Twitter about our experience and perspective on the chosen text.

In February, we read Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, and further discussed art/science fusion projections in our Community Call (February 13th), and benefited from amazing conversation with our fellows/staff, the authors, and the broader community. Our upcoming Community Call (April 13th) is themed around trust in science, building research accountability and public communication about the progressive advancement of open science in society, and in March we started planning a book club to match those themes. Last week, we crowdsourced suggestions for a complementary book club read with our community on Twitter!

Twitter Poll: The Leap Wins!

The poll results are in, and for our book club in April (4/17/17, 12pm ET), we’ll be reading The Leap: the Science of Trust and Why it Matters by Ulrich Boser!

A short but substantive read, The Leap provides pop science perspective on our relationship with trust as it pertains to public policy, political infrastructure, research findings, and bureaucratic systems. Aligned with our recent petition to support open access scientific research (sign here!), trust in science is complicated by public doubt.

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When Mozilla launched the crowdsourced beta of the Internet Health Report in January 2017, we committed to sharing resources that support a free and open web-wide world; and our objectives at the Mozilla Science Lab mirror this goal of building community around reproducibility and integrity, fueled by transparent networks throughout research domains. Open Science increasingly conflicts with the objectives of proprietary publishers, political lobbyists, and possessive institutional agendas. In answer to this among other integrity concerns, The Leap dabbles in multi-media approaches to communicating strength, broader strategy for building trust, and the reparations necessary for the rehabilitation of damaged trust networks.

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We welcome our community to invest in the book, download the free audio book, access the pdf version, or peruse the reviews and response articles catalogued below to join us in our Tweet Chat on April 17th! We hope to host a fruitful discussion on how trust applies to research, and how to support integrity in open science!

Want to learn more about the book? Read the following pieces to study up before our tweet chat!

Join us!

When: Monday, April 17th, 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm UTC

What: Tweet Book Chat: The Leap

Where: Twitter, @MozillaScience #mozreads

Have another book to share with the community? Fill out our book suggestion survey to submit a recommended read of your own: . Quick reminder that if your suggestion is excellent, we may send you a book.