YOU, oh fearless leader of the future (and maybe present). Are very important.

You will make critical and far-reaching economic, political, and social decisions in your quest beyond Stanford to change lives, change organizations, and change the world. That’s serious stuff.

So, why humor? The late journalist Eric Sevareid said “Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor.” Our goal is to pin you down and not let you leave Stanford without a healthy dose of humanity, humility, and intellectual perspective that only humor can bring.

This class is about the power (and importance) of humor to make and scale positive change in the world, and also – surprise! – to achieve business objectives, build more effective and innovative organizations, cultivate stronger bonds, and capture more lasting memories. Throughout the course, we will explore various aspects of humor creation, reveal insight into what makes people laugh, practice engaging – and leading with – a mindset of levity, and provide tools to harness humor safely and effectively in a professional context.

Because in today's world more than ever, humor is serious business.