How can comedy help fight terrorism? What can artificial intelligence teach us about gender inequality? Why should environmental activists learn about brand marketing? We believe the world’s biggest problems require the world’s most innovative solutions. That means finding connections between seemingly unrelated disciplines in order to create new approaches. This idea of recombinant innovation is at the heart of everything we do. What exactly do we do? Read on to find out!
“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh. Otherwise, they’ll kill you.”
– George Bernard Shaw
We partner with popular comedians and influencers to create entertaining content
that counters harmful narratives
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
- Arthur C. Clarke
Our MIDAC technology uses artificial intelligence to monitor disinformation and propaganda, identify bots/malevolent actors, assess their impact and counter their influence
"In God we trust. All others must bring data.”
– W. Edwards Deming
We develop data-driven research reports and policy briefs for governments, think tanks and Fortune 100 companies
"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
- Ben Franklin
We conduct trainings on strategic messaging, content production and combatting disinformation
Priyank has a background in counter-terrorism, communications and comedy. He previously served as a Policy Analyst and Intelligence Officer in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He was also Global Consulting Director at Ogilvy and Mather in New York and Head of Consumer Marketing at Boston-based mobile advertising firm Jana. Priyank was a Contributing Writer at The Onion and also wrote for both seasons of the TV show Onion News Network on IFC. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as an M.A. and B.A. in International Relations from Boston University.
Tauhid Zaman is Associate Professor of Operations Management at Yale and previously taught at MIT. He is among the world’s foremost experts in developing probabilistic models, network algorithms, and modern statistical methods to solve operational problems involving social networks. Professor Zaman earned his B.S., M.S. and PhD in Computer Science from MIT. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Mashable, the LA Times, and Time Magazine.