Hop Aboard the Fastest-Moving Line of Social Research …
And Benefit from Predicting Game-Changing Shifts in Society
The world has changed.
A growing contingent of scientists, academic researchers and finance professionals have transformed how we understand human behavior and even how individuals and organizations can position themselves to anticipate and benefit from it.
Several factors drove the transformation:
- Staggering computer power
- Big data
- Social media and …
- Studies in the fields of neurology, behavioral finance and psychology.
If you are in a position to benefit from anticipating the ebb and flow of trends in society – from knowing what trends to prepare for next month, next year, next decade – then Social Mood Conference 2014 is THE preeminent event of its kind all year. And you should be a part of it.
Put simply, you do not want to find yourself uninformed about these fields today, because being uninformed today means being behind for several months or even years to come – that is how fast this field is moving right now.
The past 15 or so years drove home the fact that there’s no good explanation for why humans behave the way they do. Until now!
We at the Socionomics Institute have a radical proposal: that the study of social mood offers a single, elegant solution to this problem – a solution that also happens to upend the accepted understanding of human behavior.
Like other breakthrough fields that have come before it, socionomics today is a train that is just leaving the station. Hence your extraordinary opportunity to hop aboard.
Have we figured it all out? Not even close, but researchers are making huge strides every year. The Social Mood Conference is where like-minded individuals come to share all of their recent discoveries and applications of social mood research. You will mingle with people who look at the world the way you do, people who are fascinated by hearing how you use social mood in your business or daily life, as well as with others who are just discovering the field and eager to learn more.
This is the time to be “Present at the Creation,” and to hear, for yourself, not just from the scholars and researchers doing the transformational work, but from the professionals and practitioners who are putting theory into action right now.
Last year’s meeting of social mood researchers and inquisitive professionals was our best event yet. But Social Mood Conference 2014 is already shaping up to the most exciting, inviting and illuminating conference we have ever planned.
Mark your calendar for Social Mood Conference 2014:
Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Atlanta, GA.
Stay tuned – 2014 registration will open soon!
Even though last year’s conference has come and gone, you can still experience the presentations from the accomplished academics and researchers who spoke at Social Mood Conference 2013. From the man responsible for Gallup’s groundbreaking World Poll to Robert Prechter, the founder of socionomic theory, last year’s lineup featured many of the brightest luminaries in finance and behavioral research. Order the 2013 DVD here.
Here are some of the speakers from 2013:
Robert Prechter, founder of the Socionomics Institute
Robert R. Prechter, Jr., CMT, is known for developing a theory of social causality called socionomics, for developing the socionomic theory of finance (STF), and for his long career applying and enhancing R.N. Elliott’s model of financial pricing called the Wave Principle.
Prechter’s socionomic theory accounts for the character of social actions in areas as diverse as financial markets, economic trends, politics, fashion and entertainment and demographics. Under development since the 1970s, the idea first reached a national audience in a 1985 cover article in Barron’s. Prechter has made presentations about socionomic theory at the London School of Economics, University of Cambridge, MIT, University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, Georgia Tech, SUNY and various academic and financial conferences. Read More
Prechter attended Yale University on a full scholarship and received a B.A. in psychology in 1971. In 1975, he joined the Market Analysis Department of Merrill Lynch in New York. In 1979, Prechter founded Elliott Wave International and began publishing monthly market analysis under the masthead, The Elliott Wave Theorist. Prechter served as a member of the board of the Market Technicians Association for nine years and as the MTA’s President in 1990-1991. He currently serves on the advisory board of the MTA’s Educational Foundation. In 2005, Prechter created the Socionomics Institute, which is dedicated to explaining socionomics, and he funds the Socionomics Foundation, which supports academic research in the field.
Prechter has authored, edited or contributed to more than 15 books. His book Elliott Wave Principle: Key to Market Behavior has been translated into a dozen languages, and Conquer the Crash: You Can Survive and Prosper in a Deflationary Depression was a New York Times and Amazon bestseller.
Philip Z. Maymin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Finance and Risk Engineering at NYU-Polytechnic Institute.
Philip Z. Maymin, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Finance and Risk Engineering at NYU-Polytechnic Institute. He is also the founding managing editor of Algorithmic Finance. Maymin holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Chicago, a master’s in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s in Computer Science from Harvard University. He also holds a J.D. and is an attorney-at-law admitted to practice in California. He has been a portfolio manager at Long-Term Capital Management, Ellington Management Group, and his own hedge fund, Maymin Capital Management. Read More
His popular writings have been published in dozens of media outlets ranging from Bloomberg to Forbes to the New York Post to American Banker to regional newspapers, and his research has been profiled in dozens more, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, Boston Globe, NPR, BBC, Guardian (UK), CNBC, Newsweek Poland, Financial Times Deutschland, and others.
Dr. Maymin’s research on behavioral and algorithmic finance has appeared in Quantitative Finance, North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Wealth Management, Journal of Applied Finance, and Risk and Decision Analysis, among others, and his textbook Financial Hacking was released by World Scientific in 2012.
Michelle Baddeley, Ph.D., Behavioral Economist at Gonville and Caius College and the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
Michelle Baddeley, Ph.D., is a behavioral economist currently based at Gonville and Caius College/Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge and University College London. She explores links between economics, psychology and sociology, and has used experimental/neuroscientific techniques to analyse links between personality/emotions and herding/social influence. Other experimental analyses have shown that social influences affect housing markets and jury deliberations. Read More
Jon Clifton, Partner at Gallup and Director of the Gallup Government Group
Jon Clifton is a Partner at Gallup and Director of the Gallup Government Group. His responsibilities include oversight of Gallup’s global government work and the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing study conducted in more than 150 countries, representing more than 98% of the world’s adult population. Jon is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He is a member of Gallup’s Public Release Committee, the group that oversees and maintains Gallup’s public release standards for data, research, and methodology. Read More
Joe Daly, Senior Consultant for Gallup,
Joe Daly, a Senior Consultant for Gallup, is responsible for growing Gallup’s partnerships with governments, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, and multinational organizations. He provides strategic consulting services on economics, wellbeing, and job creation. His work is rooted in Gallup’s worldwide research, which tracks behavioral economic indicators in more than 150 countries. Read More
Tobias Preis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Finance at Warwick Business School
Tobias Preis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Finance at Warwick Business School. His recent research has aimed to carry out large scale experiments on complex social and economic systems by exploiting the volumes of data being generated by our interactions with technology. In 2010, Dr. Preis headed a research team which provided evidence that search engine query data and stock market fluctuations are correlated. Read More
Mark Buchanan, Ph.D., author and former editor at Nature and New Scientist
Mark Buchanan, Ph.D., is a former editor at Nature and New Scientist, and is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles published internationally. He currently writes monthly columns for the financial media outlet Bloomberg View, as well as for Nature Physics. He has written two prize-nominated non-fiction books, Ubiquity: The Science of History and Nexus: Small Worlds and the Groundbreaking Science of Networks. Read More
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, Co-founder of “First Monday”
Rishab Aiyer Ghosh started “First Monday,” the most widely read peer-reviewed journal of the Internet, in 1995. In 2000, at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, Ghosh started the Collaborative Creativity Group, the leading research group on the economics of free/open source software, Wikipedia and other forms of collaborative innovation. His latest project is Topsy Labs, which is using big data to produce the only full-scale public index of the social web. Read More
Kevin Armstrong, Author and former Chief Investment Officer for ANZ’S Private Bank
Kevin Armstrong worked at Merrill Lynch for 16 years, where he was responsible for the firm’s US institutional equity sales for Europe. In 1996, he emigrated to New Zealand and served as chairman of the ANZ Group’s Regional Investment Committee, ultimately serving as Chief Investment Officer for ANZ’s Private Bank. An early advocate of the socionomic hypothesis, Armstrong says that Prechter’s social mood theory influenced his work overseeing the investment strategies for more than eight billion dollars in assets for clients across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He was the bank’s spokesman on investment matters and a regular public speaker regarding investment and global investment strategy. Read More
Murray Gunn, Head of Technical Analysis for HSBC Bank
Murray Gunn is Head of Technical Analysis for HSBC Bank, covering cross-asset markets of FX, interest rates, equity indices, metals and commodities. He joined HSBC in September 2010 having spent most of his then twenty-year career working on the buy side, as a portfolio manager in equity, bond and currency markets. A published author on technical analysis, Murray holds an M.A. in Economics, the Society of Technical Analysts UK Diploma (MSTA) and is a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe). Read More
Marah Boyesen, Personal Finance Instructor
After she read Bob Prechter’s Conquer the Crash, personal finance instructor Marah Boyesen decided to integrate socionomics into her work with students in a private high school in Bryn Athyn, PA. In turn, her students are very likely the first to formally study socionomics at the secondary level. During her 20-plus-year career as an educator and coach, Marah has gained a reputation as a go-to source for teenagers seeking motivation, inspiration, and guidance. Read More
Alan Hall, Contributor, The Socionomist
Alan Hall began studying Elliott wave analysis and socionomics after meeting Bob Prechter in 1995. Alan’s grasp of socionomics made it easy for him to recognize the escalating housing mania, thus in 2004 he closed his building business and soon joined the Elliott Wave International staff as a writer. He received his degree in Fine Arts from Berry College, graduating into the world of the 1970s bear market. His range of job experiences includes decades as a custom homebuilder/designer. Alan wrote the lead articles for the inaugural issues of The Socionomist in May and June 2009. Since then, his article topics have showcased the wide range and deep applicability of the socionomic perspective. Read More
Alan has traveled widely, and been a contributor to Global Market Perspective, The European Financial Forecast and The Elliott Wave Theorist. Alan does a wide variety of research aimed at demonstrating the utility of socionomic theory.
Mark Almand, Director of the Socionomics Institute
Mark Almand is director of the Socionomics Institute. He helped found the Socionomics Foundation in 2004 and the Institute in 2005, and helped launch The Socionomist in 2009. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Socionomics Foundation.