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ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk With Rich Patterson

Oct 27, 2016 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 Rich Patterson, Assistant Professor of Economics in the department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Dr. Patterson completed his B.A. … Read more.

Building Resilience Through Organizational Habits: Dispatches from the Bellagio Center Thematic Month on Human Behavior

Oct 24, 2016 by Saugato Datta and Nicki Cohen

During the Thematic Month on Human Behavior at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, the Foundation and ideas42 brought together 13 academics, artists, and practitioners to apply a behavioral lens to the broader exploration of resilience and inclusive economies, the Foundation’s two strategic goals. Leading a month-long residency that gathered the best and brightest to specifically … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with William Elliott

Sep 30, 2016 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 William Elliott of The University of Kansas this week. William founded of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion (AEDI) in KU’s School of Social Welfare. He is a … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Sandy Baum

Sep 13, 2016 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 Sandy Baum of the Urban Institute. An expert on higher education finance, she speaks and writes extensively about issues relating to college access, college pricing, student aid … Read more.

Clearing the Path to College

Aug 31, 2016 by ideas42

Education has long been touted as a ticket out of poverty, and a well-educated workforce is the foundation of a competitive economy. So it’s easy to think education advocates can solve a lot of problems by convincing high school students to go to college—but the data tells us most high-schoolers are already convinced. In fact, … Read more.

Cocoa Farmers Grow Their Savings

Aug 29, 2016 by Alex Blau

Since her husband passed away a few years ago, Marwah has taken care of her family’s cocoa farm all by herself. She is motivated by a promise she and her husband made to help finance their youngest son’s college education. But like many who manage small cocoa farms in Indonesia, Marwah struggles to save money. … Read more.

Bellagio Center Residents Question Everything to Surface New Ideas

Aug 16, 2016 by Saugato Datta

  This post originally appeared on The Rockefeller Foundation’s blog. During the last three weeks, I have had the pleasure of leading sessions during the thematic month on human behavior at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, observing as the residents share their perspectives and question everything, including each other’s assumptions, to uncovering surprising connections and … Read more.

Reframing Mental Models of Cybersecurity

Aug 15, 2016 by Alex Blau & Michael Stern

Imagine you’re a software developer, building an application that secures sensitive data for a company with 100,000 employees. You build a piece of secure technology that’s nearly impossible to hack remotely and pat yourself on the back. The software is uploaded and installed on each computer, and now the organization is safe from internet intruders! … Read more.

Designing Better Retirement in Mexico

Aug 9, 2016 by David Munguía Gómez

Saving for retirement can feel like giving money to a stranger. Forgoing money in the present to benefit the person we will eventually become—our “future self”—is often a difficult and ungratifying experience. Because of this and other behavioral barriers like the ones we uncovered in Mexico, it should come as no surprise that most people … Read more.

Examining Assumptions About Family Planning Use

Aug 2, 2016 by ideas42

What does taking steps to use family planning look like to you? Perhaps you think of visiting your doctor’s office. Depending on where you’re from, you may have a flashback to a lecture from high school health class. Or maybe you think of the first time you nervously bought condoms at a gas station, corner … Read more.