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April 4-6, 2025

Word of South

Don’t Miss Our Pre-Festival Events

Can’t wait for the Word of South Festival? Check out these special pre-festival events to attend in the meantime.

Dinner at the Square: Collective Illusions with Todd Rose

Tuesday, October 17th 2023 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church
211 North Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32301

Join us for dinner and meet Dr. Rose on October 17th at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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Author Todd Rose

At the core of the deep societal divisions we navigate every day is an assumption that we share little with “those people” with whom we share a country—a belief that leaves us on dangerous ground as a nation. But author and entrepreneur Dr. Todd Rose says we’ve got that all wrong. According to Dr. Rose, not only do we agree more often than we think but we’re making terrible assumptions about what the people on our own side of the aisle think—then acting on those incorrect assumptions in a way that accelerates the divisions.  Dr. Rose offers his compelling and revelatory insights about human forces that are far too easily ignored in his most recent book “Collective Illusions: Conformity, Complicity and the Science of Why We Make Bad Decisions.” Todd Rose is the co-founder and president of Populace, a think tank committed to ensuring that all people have the opportunity to pursue fulfilling lives in a thriving society. Prior to Populace, he was a faculty member at Harvard University where he founded the Laboratory for the Science of Individuality and directed the Mind, Brain, and Education program. Todd is the best-selling author of Collective Illusions, Dark Horse, and The End of Average.

These events serve as a sneak peek into our in-person Word of South Festival, happening April 26-28 at Cascades Park! 

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