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Habit Design NYC #2: The Power of Habits with Charles Duhigg & The NY Times

Happy Holidays, Habit Designers!  We've got an amazing program planned for the next meetup.  We're honored to have Charles Duhigg, a reporter with the New York Times, as our featured guest speaker who will be discussing his forthcoming book, "The Power of Habit".  Thanks also to Charles and the NY Times for hosting our gathering!

1) RSVP NOW, there's limited seating and we've sold out every time!  

2) CAN YOU SHARE A 5-MINUTE PERSONAL STORY ABOUT HABIT DESIGN?  It's super easy (casual, no slides required), fun, and a critical component of our group's focus on "applied personal research".  Please let me know asap if you'd like to give a talk and leverage the amazing brainpower of the group! We'll start off the evening with the talks...

3) START UP A DISCUSSION TOPIC: Feel free to start up a conversation about any habit design-related topic on our meetup discussion board.  We'll monitor the progress of the board and pick ones that might engender a fun discussion at future meetups.  No solicitations, please.

4) NOMINATE A GUEST SPEAKER, HOST LOCATION, &/OR SPONSOR: Dave and I are always on the lookout for great speakers, locations, and sponsors but we need your help too!  Holla back y'all...  

... If we have time, we may introduce a fun little game that we can play together over the holidays also.




@michaelbkim, @davebmiller1@habitdesign


More about Charles and his book...

THE POWER OF HABIT: What the New Science of Habit Formation Can Teach Us About How We Live, Work, Spend, Learn and Succeed will guide us through to the upshot of the emerging science of habit formation, a field of research that has quietly transformed our understanding of human behavior. Drawing on the findings of a new breed of 'habit scientists' working in both the public and private sector, from Procter & Gamble, Apple, Goldman Sachs, and Harrah's Casino to the U.S. Military and Mt. Sinai Hospital, the book examines the specific ways in which people are learning to radically manipulate habits – either their own or those of other people. Regardless of the habit in question – whether it's smoking cigarettes or buying a particular brand of dish detergent or automatically firing a gun at an enemy solider – it's now clear that the underlying triggers are the same across the board in surprising ways. As Charles explains, once readers understand how habits really work, and how change occurs, they can engineer new habits or get rid of old ones with the same basic tools. This wake-up call will undoubtedly inspire people to re-think many aspects of their daily lives. Drawing on thousands of scholarly studies and behind-the-scenes interviews, THE POWER OF HABIT will be a high-spirited intellectual adventure story, told by one of our most perceptive and voraciously inquisitive journalists.

Charles Duhigg is a staff writer for the business section of the New York Times, where he contributes to the newspaper and the Times Magazine. His work has received numerous prizes – including the George Polk, Gerald Loeb, Sidney Hillman and Heywood Broun awards – and he was part of the team selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Public Service medal in 2009. He is a regular contributor to television and radio. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Yale College. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, a marine biologist, and 16 month-old Oliver.


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  • Lynn N.

    Yet another thought-provoking evening. Simple, straighforward approaches to facilitating powerful behavior change -- just what the doctor ordered!

    December 14, 2011

  • Erika H.

    Well organized. Three very good speakers. Great content.

    December 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a very interesting event. I not only learned about ways to form and keep habits and the bizarre history of Febreze, but was introduced to a new model for thinking about and addressing my chronic pain. Ben's ignite talk expanded on an alternative way of dealing with my situation which I only very recently heard about. Now I have to go exercise to merit some delicious chocolate.

    December 13, 2011

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