On June 19, 2017, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an invited talk on “Impact of Social Influence on Society Stability” at the Social Influence Satellite Workshop at the NetSci Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

On June 19, 2017, Prof. Boleslaw Szymanski presented an invited talk on “Impact of Social Influence on Society Stability” at the Social Influence Satellite Workshop at the NetSci Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The talk uses the naming game committed minorities as a model for impact of opinion diversity on society evolution. Without ability to accept new ideas, the social system stagnates but an easy adoption of ideas makes the society inherently unstable. The talk summarizes the results of several publications on this topic. First, in naming game without committed agents, a new opinion needs to become a majority to become full dominant, which leads to opinion stagnation. A single committed minority exceeding 10% of population can spread its opinion quickly over the entire system. That makes change of opinions orderly since the worthy new idea needs to get reasonable minority committed to it to become universally accepted. However, as the number of committed group grows, the needed tipping point increases consensus on a single opinion becomes unreachable caused endless rivalry of committed minorities. The final case arises when the number of committed minorities is proportional to the size of the society, in which many small groups compete for attention. In such case, the critical number of committed agents decreases with the number of opinions, allowing a small group to spread the opinion to the entire society. We give historical examples of the discussed cases.