The ideas42 Blog

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.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Karla Hoff

Apr 17, 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 Karla Hoff, a Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Development Research Group. She has a PhD in economics from Princeton University. Much of her work … Read more.

Applying “When” to Real Life

Apr 10, 2018 by Kanyinsola Aibana

Our work involves devoting significant amounts of time to understanding what drives people’s behavior—and prompting them to make decisions and follow through with action that benefits them. As a member of ideas42, I can’t help but apply this same behavioral lens to my own life. When I read Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The Scientific … Read more.

World Health Day 2018: Behavioral Science Promotes #HealthForAll

Apr 5, 2018 by ideas42

This Saturday is World Health Day, an awareness campaign the World Health Organization (WHO) leads which in 2018 focuses on universal health coverage (UHC) or #HealthForAll. According to WHO, half the world lacks access to essential health services—UHC means ensuring that all people have access. While barriers to health services are at times structural or … Read more.

Introducing a Behavioral Playbook for Financial Providers

Mar 29, 2018 by Katy Davis, Maddie Kau, & Abigail Kim

Digital tools such as automated savings and investment, expense tracking, and person-to-person payments save people time and help them manage complex finances. Useful features like these can even support overall financial health, particularly for low- and middle-income consumers, if traditional financial services don’t meet their needs. Widespread adoption of these services also benefits financial providers … Read more.

How Incorporating Behavioral Science into Cash Transfer Programs Is Changing Lives

Mar 19, 2018 by Josh Martin & Laura Rawlings

This post originally appeared on NextBillion.  Fighting poverty with direct cash payments is more common now than ever before. In 1997, only three developing countries had centrally managed cash transfer programs targeting poverty. Today, more than 120 do, and more than $200 million in cash is distributed daily. The adoption of cash transfers was a significant step … Read more.