Noreena Hertz, renowned expert on economic globalization and Associate Director for the Centre for International Business at the University of Cambridge, published a handbook that aims to help readers sift through data and make smarter choices.
Her book, titled Eyes Wide Open: How To Make Smart Decisions In A Confusing World, is based on her TED talk, where she talked about how relying too much on experts when making decisions can be ‘limiting and dangerous.’ Depending too much on what experts say can make people forget about their own intellect and their independence and ability to make their own decisions.
In her talk, she discussed how many of the major decisions people make in their lives are based on flawed information. People need to ‘democratize expertise’ and become more empowered decision-makers. Hertz discusses this further in her new book and uses scientific research and actual examples to explain how people can achieve this.
In Eyes Wide Open, Hertz discusses ten steps on how to become empowered when it comes to making decisions. The first of these steps is to challenge experts and learn how to manage dissent. The idea is not to automatically believe everything and be more open.
The video below shows a clip of Noreena Hertz at TED.