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New Action Design Radio Podcast!
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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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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