The ideas42 Blog

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Christina Roberto

Sep 12, 2018 by ideas42

With the ideas42 Seminar Series, we invite leading scholars to share their insights and what inspires their exploration into human behavior. Our New York office was pleased to host Christina Roberto, an Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Psychology … Read more.

Skipping The Bag: A Look at Chicago’s Bag Tax

Sep 5, 2018 by Lee-Sien Kao

This summer, a wave of restrictions on plastic drinking straws swept through legislatures and councils in California, New York City, and Seattle; even private companies like Starbucks are taking a stand on plastic straws—the beverage giant is planning to phase them out of their stores entirely by 2020. While there’s been some controversy surrounding these … Read more.

What, Exactly, Are We Saving for?

Aug 23, 2018 by Ariadna Vargas

Saving money, even in small amounts, has countless benefits. It helps low-income households build financial resilience—the ability to manage unforeseen expenses and avoid crises. However, saving is challenging for everyone—even when we intend to save more, human tendencies such as present bias, depletions in self-control, and limited attention tend to get in the way of … Read more.

Want Generous, Intentional, and Informed Giving? Try Behavioral Science

Aug 9, 2018 by Omar Parbhoo

It’s often said that Americans are exceptionally generous, and fortunately, it’s a claim that’s well supported by the numbers. In 2016 alone, U.S. households donated over $282 billion to charities worldwide. And when compared globally, the U.S. consistently ranks as one of the most altruistic countries by the World Giving Index. But do these absolute … Read more.

Cash Plus Goals Help Families Invest in Their Children’s Futures

Aug 2, 2018 by Tina Razafinimanana

For the last two years, Dorothee, who works in a rice field and makes handicrafts in Madagascar, has been the main provider for her family. Her husband used to be a fisherman until an injury prevented him from getting into the water. They have one son and four daughters, and her income isn’t enough to … Read more.

The Role of Combinatorial Innovation in Addressing Societal Challenges

Jun 12, 2018 by Josh Wright

            idea42’s Josh Wright recently caught up with Tom Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer of Schmidt Futures, and former Deputy Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.  One of the ideas that Tom is exploring is that science and technology can and should be playing a larger role in … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Daniel Chen

May 22, 2018 by ideas42

With the ideas42 Seminar Series, we invite leading scholars to share their insights and what inspires their exploration into human behavior. Our New York office was pleased to host Daniel Chen, researcher at Toulouse School of Economics. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of … Read more.

Making Saving Easier

May 3, 2018 by Dan Poniachik

“It’s very hard for me to save, because I have so many day-to-day expenses for my small kiosk. Still, at the beginning of the month I manually transfer part of my commission to my savings account, that way I don’t use it for other purposes during the month. It would be great if this transfer … Read more.

5 Tips for Launching (and Sustaining) a City Behavioral Design Team

Apr 25, 2018 by ideas42

For the past few years, we have been applying behavioral science to city programs and services in New York and Chicago to help the city government take into account complex human behavior, and the contexts in which we make decisions. We have embedded experts into agencies themselves—a model we call Behavioral Design Teams (BDTs)—to tackle … Read more.

Celebrating a Decade of Using Behavioral Science for Social Good

Apr 18, 2018 by ideas42

Ten years ago, ideas42 started in a small office at Harvard University. Since then, we have partnered with foundations, non-profits, government agencies, and socially-minded companies to work on more than 100 projects in over 35 countries, using behavioral science to improve millions of lives around the world. Today we released our first-ever Impact Report, taking … Read more.