• Podcast: Spencer Greenberg - Combining Technology and Behavioral Interventions

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224

    Greetings Action Designers! We just dropped our latest Action Design Radio podcast episode: "Spencer Greenberg - Combining Technology and Behavioral Interventions." You can listen at: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndcHzJHy5C4&list=PLnI9JtesUFbHcjw6x7YrCnAdceAGIZJ5i&index=2&t=0s Podcast Addict: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en Or anywhere else you usually get your podcasts. And be sure to check out our blog for a forthcoming accompanying synopsis of this episode and additional insight from our podcast team. Episode Description: Spencer Greenberg is an applied mathematician, entrepreneur, and self-described "collector of powerful tools." He is the Founder and CEO of multiple companies, including Spark Wave -- a venture builder (a.k.a. a foundry, or startup studio) that creates software products with the goal of achieving large social impact. Spencer joins Erik and Zarak to discuss his unique perspective on psychology and behavior. He takes a background in technology and combines it with applied social science to build platforms that implement complex behavioral interventions. How does one choose the right methodology when conducting a study? What's the difference between testing a hypothesis and trying to accurately predict the future? How does fatigue change throughout the day? Are most people who suffer from depression aware of it? How can social media be utilized to inspire creative thinking in research? Why publish a paper when you can release an app that people can use? All of these questions and more are addressed in our latest installment of Action Design Radio! Sound Bite: “You've got a tool belt. The tool belt has 20 tools on it. At any given moment, you have to decide what tool to use. Each tool is a way of gathering information. One tool might be running a randomized controlled trial to test different interventions. One tool might be running a qualitative survey. One tool might be interviewing people. . . You have to ask yourself, 'Given the things I don't know, and the most important of those things that I need to know, which tool in the tool belt is best?'" Enjoy the latest episode! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/actiondesign/ And keep up with our blog: http://www.action-design.org/blog/ Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list: http://action-design.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5606eed4b29766923ba574753&id=966b414b06 Warm regards, Cynthia and the Action Design-DC Team

  • Behavioral science a key to sustainability? Lessons learned: Great Barrier Reef

    Greetings Action Designers! We’re excited to have Dr. John Pickering come speak to us from Australia! Dr. Pickering is the Chief Behavioral Scientist of Behavior Innovation, an Australian-based behavioral science company specializing in the design, delivery and evaluation of behavior change programs for improving sustainability outcomes. PRESENTATION: This talk will discuss how behavioral science is being applied to help protect the Great Barrier Reef. Drawing largely from the learnings from Project Cane Changer (www.canechanger.com), this talk will provide you with insight into how the project team went about innovating the application of psychological science to create the project’s on-the-ground behavior change strategies. It will look why a different approach to behavioral science that moved beyond traditional behavioral economics (i.e., nudges) was needed as well as why behavioral science must be a key contributor to environmental sustainability efforts. It will cover the practical considerations of running-large scale projects, how to overcome sources of resistance, and how to apply these learnings to your own work. Short agenda: 1. Discussion on how behavioral science is being applied to help protect the Great Barrier Reef – a case study drawing on Project Cane Changer 2. Why a different approach to behavioral science that moved beyond traditional behavioral economics (i.e., nudges) was needed 3. Why behavioral science must be a key contributor to environmental sustainability efforts SPEAKER: John Pickering, Ph.D., is the Chief Behavioral Scientist of Behavior Innovation. Behaviour Innovation is an Australian-based behavioral science company that specializes in the design, delivery and evaluation of behavior change programs for improving sustainability outcomes. Dr Pickering’s work focusses on analyzing and modifying the attitudes, decisions, and behaviors of populations of people as they relate to environmental outcomes. He is the Project Director of one of Australia’s largest environmental behavior change initiatives, Project Cane Changer, which involves the modification of farming practices in order to improve water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef. Cane Changer was recently recognized as among the top 10 global examples of how behavioral science is being applied to improve sustainability outcomes, including climate change mitigation. Dr Pickering is the Co-Chair of the Nature Sustainability Expert Panel on Behavioral Science, Design and Sustainability, and was recently appointed to the Queensland Government’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee to oversee the development of behavioral change strategies for improving health outcomes across the state. He is an industry fellow at The University of Queensland, has published extensively in the areas of behavior change, psychology, sustainability and innovation, and is a regular commentator in state and national media outlets. SCHEDULE: • 6:30 - 7:00 Arrivals and networking • 7:00 - 8:00 Presentation • 8:00 - 8:45 Community announcements, followed by more networking VENUE: U.Group -- "Born out of ByteCubed and CHIEF, we created U.Group by bringing together a best-in-class technology company with an award-winning creative and design team. U.Group provides you not only outstanding technology solutions, but also user friendly interfaces and integrated marketing strategies—so you can do your job better. Now when we deliver leading edge data science and software, we also bring PhDs, MBAs, and economists who understand the business, regulatory, and policy environments in which you operate. We don’t just solve technical challenges, we work together with you to achieve your strategic goals." U.Group, Crystal City 2231 Crystal Drive Suite 401 Arlington, VA 22202 https://www.u.group/

  • Podcast: Adam Gilbert - Sustainable Behavior Change for Health and Fitness

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224

    Greetings Action Designers! We just dropped our latest Action Design Radio podcast episode: "Adam Gilbert - Sustainable Behavior Change for Health and Fitness." You can listen at: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y7UStrC00I&index=2&t=0s&list=PLnI9JtesUFbHcjw6x7YrCnAdceAGIZJ5i Podcast Addict: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en Or anywhere else you usually get your podcasts. And be sure to check out our blog for a forthcoming accompanying synopsis of this episode and additional insight from our podcast team. Episode Description: Adam Gilbert is a nationally-recognized health, fitness, and motivational expert and trainer. He is the Founder of MyBodyTutor, which helps people stick to their health and fitness goals. Adam is regularly featured in national media, and is a syndicated author on topics ranging from recognizing business opportunities, customer service, marketing, and following your passion to nutrition, exercise, discipline and motivation. Adam joins our hosts Erik and Zarak to discuss his approach to creating long-term, sustainable behavior change. By nature, change is inherently uncomfortable, so how do we make it as comfortable as possible? After years of learning and incorporating psychology into his work, Adam’s philosophy is that the only way to really help someone get through that initial discomfort is through heavy support and accountability. He also stresses the importance of avoiding the all-or-nothing mindset: The 20-minute workout you do is better than the hour-long workout you don’t do, and the good diet you can stick with is better than the perfect diet you can’t sustain. By utilizing daily and personal accountability, Adam and MyBodyTutor use MPH (Mindset, Psychology & Habits) to help their clients take their behavior change goals from concept to reality. Sound Bite: “The thing that I felt was missing was some sort of accountability, really. Because people had the knowledge but they couldn’t implement it, and I asked ‘Is there a way to be in communication with these people on a daily basis?’ That’s when I thought of a program that offers daily accountability – because as you know, there’s a huge difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it on a daily basis. So that’s where the idea of daily and personal accountability came into play, and that’s what I built the entire company on.” Enjoy the latest episode! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/actiondesign/ And keep up with our blog: http://www.action-design.org/blog/ Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list: http://action-design.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5606eed4b29766923ba574753&id=966b414b06 Warm regards, Cynthia and the DC Action Design team

  • Podcast: Elizabeth Kim - Getting Your Start in Behavioral Science

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224

    Greetings Action Designers! We just dropped our latest Action Design Radio podcast episode: "Elizabeth Kim - Getting Your Start in Behavioral Science." You can listen at: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnI9JtesUFbHcjw6x7YrCnAdceAGIZJ5i Podcast Addict: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en Or anywhere else you usually get your podcasts. And be sure to check out our blog for a forthcoming accompanying synopsis of this episode and additional insight from our podcast team. Episode Description: Elizabeth Kim is an Applied Behavioral Scientist at the e-commerce company Jet.com, where she designs and conducts experiments to make better products for users. She is also founder of the Duke Behavioral Science Group, a community of Duke University students and faculty dedicated to applying behavioral science to policies, products, and businesses for social good. Our hosts Zarak and Erik chat with Elizabeth about her BeSci origin story, including how a meaningful conversation with Dan Ariely led to a partnership where they tested the behavioral effects of just that: having meaningful conversations. They discuss the importance of acting on your curiosity, being versatile, and taking the initiative in a world where there’s currently more interest in behavioral science than there are jobs specifically made for BeSci experts. Elizabeth offers inspiration and advice to individuals – from students to experienced professionals – who want to integrate behavioral science into what they do but are unsure where to start. Examples are discussed and tips are shared about how to take action and build something even when the factors aren’t in place for a formal BeSci intervention; be innovative and proactive by creating the environment to run an experiment yourself. Sound Bite: “Once you start the ‘doing’ I think that’s where a lot of the ‘learning’ comes in. Learning by doing is probably the key theme of this field.” Enjoy the latest episode! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/actiondesign/ And keep up with our blog: http://www.action-design.org/blog/ Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list: http://action-design.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5606eed4b29766923ba574753&id=966b414b06 Warm regards, Cynthia and the DC Action Design team

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  • Podcast: Schmidt - Integrating Behavioral Science and Design Thinking

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224

    Greetings Action Designers! Action Design Radio is back with Season Two! We just dropped our latest podcast episode: "Ruth Schmidt - Integrating Behavioral Science and Design Thinking." You can listen at: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnI9JtesUFbHcjw6x7YrCnAdceAGIZJ5i Podcast Addict: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en Or anywhere else you usually get your podcasts. And be sure to check out our blog for a forthcoming accompanying synopsis of this episode and additional insight from our podcast team. Episode Description: Ruth Schmidt is a Visiting Industry Professor and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Illinois Institute of Technology – Institute of Design. Prior to joining ID, Ruth served as a senior leader at Doblin/Deloitte for over eight years, where she led teams in applying design-informed innovation strategy to solve complex challenges and grow new innovation functions within client organizations, primarily in the health care and financial services industries. She has presented on behavioral economics and communication theory + design at multiple institutions, publications, and conferences. In our Season Two opener, Ruth joins Erik and Zach to discuss the intersection of behavioral science and design. Ruth shares her perspective on the importance of considering the people for whom you are designing a product, service, or experience. They cover cross-industry examples of when to lead with a behavioral science lens and support it by design thinking, vice versa, and why. Sound Bite: Ruth on the relationship between behavioral science and design: "If behavioral science is understanding the biases, heuristics, and understanding the cognitive load that is going on, you also have all the things around people design. So, what is my identity like? What are the things about my past experience that I bring to the table? Maybe I interpret things differently only because I had an experience 10 times already, versus coming out of the first time. So that user-centered piece of the design helps us to fill in that part of the picture, I would say. It's a little bit more of the context setting. But that's why I always feel they create a really nice complimentary pair. Because they're coming at people, just from different directions." Enjoy the latest episode! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/actiondesign/ And keep up with our blog: http://www.action-design.org/blog/ Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list: http://action-design.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5606eed4b29766923ba574753&id=966b414b06 Warm regards, Cynthia and the DC Action Design team

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  • Good Design + Good Science = Better Government

    Excella Consulting

    Greetings Action Designers! We’re excited to have Amira Boland, Senior Advisor, of the Data and Analytics Center of Excellence, come speak with us. Amira has worked on a number of projects focused on improving government operations. These range from improving program integrity, to changing the citizen experience interacting with government forms, processes, and information sharing to streamlining government services. PRESENTATION: (We'll have more details soon! In the meantime, check out this article about Amira and her team at the OES -- https://www.fedscoop.com/gsa-office-tasked-data-based-solutions-growing/ ) SPEAKER: Amira has had the privilege of working with international, national, and state-level governmental organizations to understand how they can apply private sector and research insights, clear strategies for impact measurement, pay-for performance programs, advanced analytics, and other innovative methods to better achieve their missions and improve the citizen experience interacting with government. She has consulted financial services sector clients on product innovation and social finance engagements, and prior to this, researched the behavioral recruitment and incentive tactics of Middle Eastern and North African terrorist organizations. SCHEDULE: • 6:30 - 7:00 Arrivals and networking • 7:00 - 8:00 Presentation • 8:00 - 8:45 Community announcements, followed by more networking VENUE: Excella Consulting -- "We use technology to help organizations solve today’s problems and prepare for what’s next. We help them harness the latest tools to elevate their digital expertise and infuse their culture with a future-forward mindset." Excella.com Location info: We'll be in the Navy League room on the ground floor. Parking on premise at 2300 Wilson Blvd is extremely limited. If you are unable to park in our garage or on the street near the building, we suggest the following parking garages, which are within close walking distance of our offices: - 2300 Clarendon Boulevard - 2101 Wilson Boulevard.

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  • Podcast: Jeff Kreisler - Dollars and Sense for Behavioral Science and Comedy

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224

    Greetings Action Designers! We just dropped our latest podcast episode: "Jeff Kreisler - Dollars and Sense for Behavioral Science and Comedy" You can listen at: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnI9JtesUFbHcjw6x7YrCnAdceAGIZJ5i Podcast Addict: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en Or anywhere else you usually get your podcasts. And be sure to check out our blog for a forthcoming accompanying synopsis of this episode and additional insight from our podcast team. Episode Description: Jeff Kreisler is just a typical Princeton educated lawyer turned author, speaker, pundit, comedian, and advocate for behavioral science. He uses humor and research to understand, explain, and change the world. Winner of the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, he runs PeopleScience.com, writes for TV, politicians and CEOs, shares witty insight on CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, and SiriusXM. In our latest episode, Jeff joins Zarak and Zach to chat about his journey from comedian to behavioral science thought leader. They discuss what he feels are the most important takeaways from his latest book “Dollars and Sense” that he co-authored with Dan Ariely, as well as Jeff’s current and future projects. Other topics include how people can use behavioral science to improve their everyday lives without being obsessive, and the importance of always having a sense of humor. Enjoy the latest episode! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/actiondesign/ And keep up with our blog: http://www.action-design.org/blog/ Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list: http://action-design.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5606eed4b29766923ba574753&id=966b414b06 Warm regards, Cynthia & the Action Design-DC team

  • Dollars & Sense: The behavioral principles impacting money, work and life

    Greetings Action Designers! We’re excited to have Jeff Kreisler, co-author with Dan Ariely, to talk with us about "Dollars and Sense"! PRESENTATION: "We’ll talk about money mistakes, how to fix them and how the forces at play in our financial decisions are the same forces that impact our personal and professional lives. Then we’ll drink." SPEAKER: JEFF KREISLER is just another typical Princeton educated lawyer turned speaker, award-winning comedian, author, TV pundit, columnist and advocate for behavioral science. He uses humor & research to understand, explain and change the world. His second book, Dollars And Sense: How We Misthink Money and How To Spend Smarter – co-authored with Dan Ariely – is one of the best business books of the year according to Audible, Huffington Post, Business Insider (“The rare kind of book that makes you feel a lot smarter, while simultaneously giving you actionable tips for improving your daily life”), The Washington Post ("A brilliant and accessible look at behavioral economics”) and more. Jeff is also Editor-In-Chief of PeopleScience.com (peoplescience.com) - leading the conversation about applied behavioral principles for the modern marketplace – winner of the Bill Hicks Spirit Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, has appeared regularly on CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, Current TV & Sirius/XM and has toured the known world. The New York Times calls him “Delectable,” The Washington Post warns you to “Bring your sense of humor because Kreisler is hilarious,” Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) promises, “You’ll be laughing all the way to the bank” and his kids think he’s “sorta cool.” His first book was the satire Get Rich Cheating. http://jeffkreisler.com Also About Jeff’s talks: • "Totally entertaining and smart" - Bank of NY Mellon • "A truly special event" - The Economist • "What a riot!" - U.S. Dep't of Labor • "I could not imagine learning more while having so much fun" - Dan Ariely • "Laugh out loud - roaring!" - CNBC SCHEDULE: • 6:30 - 7:00 Arrivals and networking -- with food and drinks! • 7:00 - 8:00 Presentation • 8:00 - 8:45 Community announcements, followed by more networking VENUE: About the Inter-American Dialogue -- “For more than three decades, the Inter-American Dialogue has worked to shape policy debate, devise solutions, and enhance cooperation within the Western Hemisphere. Our most valued asset is our select membership of over 100 distinguished citizens from the United States, Canada, and 23 countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Members actively participate in our work, informing and advancing our vigorous debate. Eighteen Dialogue members served as presidents of their countries, over three dozen have held cabinet-level posts, and twenty-five have served in national legislatures. Our members also come from the business, finance, media, civil society, and academic sectors. The Dialogue’s standing as a preeminent, independent hemispheric forum is supported by our ranking as a leading center for policy analysis. The University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go-To Think Tank Index has ranked the Dialogue among the top 2 percent of US think tanks for six years, and the British publication Prospect, which named the Dialogue “US Think Tank of the Year” three years ago, just presented us the “One to Watch” award for “pushing the question of how the US relates to its neighbors.” Prospect’s judges also commended the Dialogue for its work on US-Latin America energy investment and for its examination of China-Latin America economic relations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3), we rely on the generous support of individuals, corporations, governments, and foundations. www.thedialogue.org Please note we are right next to the Madison Hotel, separate entrance with building number. Closest Metro stations are McPherson Square and Farragut North. There is a parking garage right next door, and street parking close by."

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  • Podcast: Kelly Leonard - Why Second City Says "Yes, And" to Behavioral Science

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224

    Greetings Action Designers! We just dropped our latest podcast episode: "Kelly Leonard - Why Second City Says "Yes, And" to Behavioral Science." You can listen at: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N40-m8Vhc2s&index=2&list=PLnI9JtesUFbHcjw6x7YrCnAdceAGIZJ5i&t=0s Podcast Addict: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en Or anywhere else you usually get your podcasts. And be sure to check out our blog for an accompanying synopsis of this episode and additional insight from our podcast producer: Zach's Corner: Why Kelly Leonard and Second City Say "Yes, And" to Behavioral Science http://www.action-design.org/blog/ EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Kelly Leonard is the Executive Director of Insights and Applied Improvisation at Second City Works and the President of Second City Theatricals. He has worked at The Second City since 1988 and has overseen productions with such notable performers as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Adam McKay, Seth Meyers, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Jason Sudeikis, Keegan-Michael Key, Horatio Sans, Amy Sedaris and a host of others. In our newest episode, Erik and Zarak chat with Kelly Leonard about his recent involvement with the Second Science Project – a partnership between Second City and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The Second Science Project utilizes cutting-edge behavioral science to better understand and support improvisation in everyday life. By approaching behavioral science through the lens of improvisational comedy, they create executive training programs for businesses to improve innovation, creative thinking, and ways to challenge our instincts and assumptions. SOUNDBITE: A great quote from Kelly during this episode relates specifically to the importance of context and re-framing: “Everyone was getting really frustrated with their bosses, about the way they were communicating. “They’re constantly bitching at me, they don’t trust me,” etc. So I told everybody to write this down and put it on their wall: Replace Blame With Curiosity. So when you take that call, you say, “Hey, my boss is curious about why we haven’t sold more tickets, let’s get to the bottom of this,” rather than say it as blame. Within weeks I had people coming to me saying this was great, that it feels like a magic trick, and they feel so much better and more at peace just by shifting their mindset. So that kind of stuff – which is very small and very manageable – put into the hands of people on an everyday basis, I feel is making daily transformations for people at Second City.” Enjoy the latest episode! And don't forget to follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/actiondesign/ And keep up with our blog: http://www.action-design.org/blog/ Make sure you're subscribed to our mailing list: http://action-design.us15.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5606eed4b29766923ba574753&id=966b414b06 Warm regards, Cynthia and the Action Design-DC team!