Talking Nonsense (and Benefiting from It): A Conversation with Jamie Holmes

In a complex global landscape, it is increasingly difficult to make sense of the world’s unpredictable nature. This ambiguity takes a toll on our individual psychologies and how we might conduct our work, build relationships, and make decisions in the face of a progressively uncertain context.

Please join Open Society’s Eurasia Program and Information Program for an illuminating conversation on the positive power of ambiguity with Jamie Holmes, author of Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing. Utilizing new insights from the nexus of social psychology and cognitive science, Holmes will discuss how we confront and are confronted by ambiguity in our daily lives. Pointing to the hidden benefit of uncertainty, Holmes will begin to convey the advantages of confusion and how to harness uncertainty to inspire learning and creativity in our personal—and professional—lives.


  • Jamie Holmes is a future tense fellow at New America and a former research coordinator at Harvard University in the economics department. He holds an MIA from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and his writing has appeared in numerous outlets including Slate, Politico, New Republic, Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and the Daily Beast.
  • Leonard Benardo (moderator) is Open Society’s regional director for Eurasia and director of the Open Society Fellowship.
Date: January 13, 2016
Time: 12:302:00 p.m.