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Action Design Durham is part of a community of over six thousand practitioners and researchers around the country interested in exploring the use of behavioral economics and psychology in the design and development of products and policies that help people take action to improve their lives. We organize monthly events bringing together researchers, designers, product managers, and entrepreneurs to learn about cutting edge behavioral research, and how to practically apply it to public policy and consumer products. We’re going for focused, very practical meetings – start to finish only 75-90 minutes. Beginning at 6:30.

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New Action Design Radio Podcast!
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New podcast episode just dropped. Join Zarak and Erik for a conversation with Dr. Rory Gallagher as he shares his journey from academia to government. As an original 2010 member of the U.K.’s Behavioural Insights Team (popularly referred to as the “Nudge Unit”), Gallagher has since relocated to Sydney's B.I.T. as the Managing Director for Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. This episode focuses on the application of behavioral concepts to government in order to create better public policies and services that benefit citizens in myriad ways. Rory has made a career out of applying behavioral science to government by focusing on the social impact that nudges can have. These examples are explored in greater detail in his book that he co-authored with Owain Service, “Think Small: The Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reach Big Goals,” published in April 2017. Soundbite: Rory on his hesitance to embrace "Think Small" being labeled as a “self-help” book: “What we found is that many of those (self-help) books don’t bring those different behavioral tools together, and they don’t do it in an evidence-based way. So that was our attempt, I guess, to do that. And quite often what our team tries to do is give people a simple framework – often it’s public servants – for using these tools.” Listen to the podcast and let us know what you think! And if you like it, sign up to hear new announcements and help us spread the word by telling your friends! iTunes Soundcloud Youtube Also make sure to subscribe to our Mailing List to stay updated on all Action Design events, podcasts, and other exciting behavioral science news.

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Greetings Action Designers! We just dropped our latest podcast episode: "Julian Jamison - Behavioral Science at the World Bank." You can listen at: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/action-design-radio/id1293571224?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiKse0G6kGw&list=PLnI9JtesUFbHcjw6x7YrCnAdceAGIZJ5i&index=1 Podcast Addict: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict&hl=en Or anywhere else you usually get your podcasts. Join Erik and Zarak for a new episode with guest Dr. Julian Jamison, member of the Mind/Behavior/Development (eMBeD) Team at the World Bank. Julian’s focus is on behavioral applications in international policy development in economics, health, and finance. His background includes a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. and experience working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C. In 2015 the World Bank came out with a World Development Report titled “Mind, Society, Behavior.” Since then, there’s been an overt focus on using behavioral science in order to improve the way the World Bank attempts to fulfill its mission around the world. Julian discusses how the World Bank utilizes behavioral economics to tackle global issues such as poverty, early childhood development, household finance, health, and climate change. Follow the eMBeD Team’s current projects and publications on their website: http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/embed Julian also shares the behavioral similarities that are essentially universal to all human beings, and others that differ from culture to culture. He discusses the history of field experiments and how his team utilizes them in their work. 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, Kayla

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A Behavioral Approach to Policy Design

Duke University - Rubenstein Library Room 349

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