In 1994-95, psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, William Damon, and Howard Gardner spent a year discussing their common research interests and exploring new avenues of research. By the end of their residency, they decided to join forces on an ambitious line of study, which became known as the GoodWork Project. They identified the question at the heart of the Project: How do individuals continue to perform work of high quality, at a time when things are changing very quickly, our sense of space and time is being radically altered by technology, market forces are very powerful, and the forces that have traditionally tempered markets are weak? The trio engaged in the study of work in nine different professional spheres: science (genetics), art (theater), pre-collegiate education, higher education, law, medicine, journalism, business, and philanthropy. Now completing its 15th year, the Project has accomplished considerable research, issued numerous publications, and launched several promising practical initiatives. Its websites attract visitors from all over the world, and they receive inquiries on a daily basis from all over the world. However, such achievements are far-flung and fractured. This grant would support a two-week residency to synthesize what has been learned, pull it together in readily accessible form, and consider which lines of work might be carried out going forward.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of the Shorenstein Center’s Technology and Social Change research
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School is dedicated to exploring the intersection of press, politics, and public policy. Given the rise of misinformation, the center has created the Technology and Social Change research project to rapidly build the field of critical internet studies across academia, working with policymakers, industry, and newsrooms. This grant will in part support the expansion of a shared digital research infrastructure.
for support of a new university center on economy and society
Harvard University will use this grant to create a new center that will foster research and curriculum development, as well as work with other university centers being established to cultivate a network that will develop new thinking around political economy, economy, and society.
for the Cyber Project at the Belfer Center
This grant to the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School will provide ongoing support to its Cyber Project, which focuses its research, education, and convening around the central premise that "Cybersecurity is National Security." The Cyber Project aims to address domestic and international cybersecurity and emerging technology policy questions, while also providing recommendations and actionable policy frameworks to varied audiences. This grant will also support the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P), which generates programming, recommendations, and publications to support stakeholders who are vital to democracy, throughout the 2020 election cycle.