Join us throughout the Spring!

Join us for The Village Square’s book club on Developmental Psychologist Todd Rose’s Collective Illusions! As a part of a small group, you will get to join with others and discuss Rose’s insightful work in a small-group setting. We think this book is so crucial to our understanding of democracy that we’ve decided two host this book club a second time!

Dr. Todd 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.” According to Dr. Rose, not only do we agree with “the other side” 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. Born of our highly social nature and hardwiring in our DNA, we so desperately want to protect our status and reputation inside our groups so we conform with what we think our group thinks—finding ourselves inside a “collective illusion” that is not only destabilizing society, it’s making us personally miserable.


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.