The ideas42 Blog

Solving Social Problems with Science: SSIR Webinar Recap

Jun 8, 2017 by ideas42

The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently hosted a webinar series on solving social problems with science. Members of our team were excited to share insights from behavioral science, findings, and some of our case studies with practitioners who work to improve lives across a number of domains. Below are highlights from the two presentations. Part … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Christopher Bryan

May 18, 2017 by ideas42

ideas42’s network of academic affiliates represent some of the world’s foremost experts in behavioral science. With the ideas42 Affiliate 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 Christopher Bryan of the University of Chicago Booth. Christopher studies psychological influence, … Read more.

Meet the Behavioral Evidence Hub: Powerful Solutions for Problem-Solvers

May 11, 2017 by ideas42

ideas42 is excited to join with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (CHIBE) in launching the Behavioral Evidence Hub, a comprehensive resource that brings together some of the world’s most promising innovative solutions into a single tool, putting them within easy reach … Read more.

What’s Stopping Chileans from Saving

May 8, 2017 by David Munguía Gómez

Saving money is important not only for long-term needs like retirement but also for expenses in the short term. This is because incomes and expenses are not always constant, and people can’t necessarily predict when they will need more cash. A reliable savings cushion is critical when people encounter large, unexpected costs or lose their … Read more.

Financial Literacy Month…with a Behavioral Twist

Apr 24, 2017 by Katy Davis

As an unabashed finance nerd, I love a good tip about how to improve my financial health. I always look forward to April, Financial Literacy Month, for a flood of recommendations. Managing personal finances is hard, and recent research suggests that a huge proportion of Americans, not just those at the lower end of the … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Ashton Anderson

Apr 4, 2017 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 Ashton Anderson, a post-doc researcher in the Computational Social Science group at Microsoft Research in New York. Ashton has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford … Read more.

How Much Is Work-Life Balance Worth on the Job Market?

Mar 23, 2017 by Suman Gidwani, Dan Connolly & Uyhun Ung

  People talk about achieving work-life balance all the time: if you want better balance, you can just utilize your strengths, or not be afraid to say no, or buy a #wearable. But the fact that achieving work-life balance continues to be a listicle topic du jour suggests that these solutions aren’t the real answers. … Read more.

Is Work-Life Balance Just a Roll of the Dice?

Mar 13, 2017 by Uyhun Ung

Does it ever feel like you’re impossibly busy? If so, you aren’t alone. When asked to estimate how long they spend on certain activities during a week, people typically present a sum exceeding 168 hours. In other words, they think they’re using more hours in a week than actually possible. While not the most reliable … Read more.

Celebrating Women in Health Behavior Change

Mar 8, 2017 by Karina Lorenzana

This International Women’s Day, ideas42 stands with women around the world working to create positive health behavior change for themselves, their families and their communities. Volunteer health workers going door-to-door to promote antenatal care and family planning, midwives working around the clock to ensure safe childbirth, and new mothers bringing their children to immunization visits … Read more.

Nudge to Action: Behavioural Science for Sustainability

Mar 6, 2017 by UN Environment

This post originally appeared on UN Environment’s blog. In Kibera, Africa’s second-largest informal settlement, located in Kenya, researchers were puzzling over the low uptake of a water purification solution. This was a place where water-borne diseases were rampant and sometimes lethal, so why didn’t more residents buy this simple, cheap answer to a chronic health … Read more.