Redesigning Our Economy to Maximize People's Fullest Contribution | David Lee | TEDxSantaCruz

This TEDxSantaCruz talk is part of 22 surrounding our theme of “the Art of Hope.” Defined as the anticipation of something desired happening, hope is ferocious, persistent, necessary; hope is a powerful force for invention, change, and social justice. To hope is to be human.

Our fifth TEDxSantaCruz event was held on December 7, 2019, at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA. David T. Lee directs research that integrates design, modeling and algorithms to support a flourishing future of education, work, community engagement, and governance. He is an Assistant Professor of Computational Media at UC Santa Cruz, where he directs the Tech4Good Lab. Before that, he received his PhD from Stanford University, where he was a part of the Social Algorithms Lab. His work has received awards at AAAI HCOMP and ACM CHI, been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and deployed with the Finland Ministry of the Environment. He is a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, an Accel Innovation Scholar fellowship, two Magic Grants from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the Baskin School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award. He loves spending time with his wife, Ivy, and his three young kids Liana, Isobel, and Daniel. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at