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The power of passion and curiosity

Jason Brinkley AIRWalt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Curiosity and passion can be powerful levers in opening new doors, making new discoveries and doing better — so says Jason Brinkley, Senior Researcher at American Institutes for Research, who is our first guest of the fifth year of Analytically Speaking. Jason has a healthy dose of passion and curiosity. He shares a very thoughtful perspective on a range of analytical topics.

Collaboration and culture

As a researcher who has collaborated with many subject-matter experts, he has some noteworthy advice on successful partnerships with experts in other disciplines and what it takes to get more value from data — in many cases, really transforming behaviors and enabling better decisions.

He shares thoughts on what it takes to develop a culture of curiosity, the importance of data visualization, and how we can use passion and curiosity to overcome criticism and fear of trying new approaches to problem-solving. As Jason says:

“It’s not about right versus wrong, but how to do better.”

Jason leads by example, bringing an open mind and a drive to continually adding to his already-diverse analytic skill set. He approaches alternate methods and techniques with curiosity instead of suspicion and judgment. Here’s a quick preview of that conversation:

Did we pique your curiosity? We hope you’ll join us Jan. 27 to watch the premier of this prerecorded webcast. Alternatively, you can watch this and previous Analytically Speaking webcasts on-demand.

Here’s to more passion and curiosity in 2016!

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