Mar 2, 2019 by ideas42
It’s not exactly breaking news that water shortages and electricity cuts are emerging as critical challenges for cities around the world. Stories of strain on water supplies and power grids abound as populations grow and extreme weather events occur with increasing regularity. At the same time, as well-meaning policymakers strive to take action, many city … Read more.
Dec 19, 2018 by Liana Johnson
A significant part of our work at ideas42 is learning, constantly, about people—how they make decisions and how their actions are impacted by the world around them. Through a deeper understanding about our often-quirky tendencies, we can more effectively design solutions that can positively impact the lives of millions of people. In this process, each … Read more.
Dec 13, 2018 by ideas42
We’ve spent more than a decade applying behavioral science to complex social problems, all in the service of improving the lives of millions of people. Part of our mission is to dramatically expand the use of behavioral science as a problem-solving tool, and that’s why we’ve recently broadened our efforts to bring this approach to … Read more.
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.
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.
Feb 8, 2018 by Juan David Robalino & Andrew Fertig
Retirement savings are a serious challenge in Mexico. With a low overall participation in the formal pension system and one of the highest rates of elderly poverty in the region, it is essential for workers to make voluntary savings to ensure their financial health during retirement. Unfortunately, less than 1% of account holders actively save … Read more.
Dec 18, 2017 by Maddie Kau & Abigail Kim
Update: the behavioral playbook is now available here. Cashing a check seems like a simple task. But in practice, it involves many small, hassle-ridden steps that take time and energy: planning when to go, finding a nearby ATM or retail location, remembering to bring the check, traveling to the location, and waiting in line. Fortunately, … Read more.
Nov 10, 2017 by Owen Footer
Despite advances in medicine and massive increases in spending in America over the last several decades, there hasn’t been a corresponding improvement in health outcomes. One major reason for this is that there’s still a crucial element missing from the design of health care systems and services: consideration for the role of human behavior. That’s … Read more.
Oct 9, 2017 by DJ Neri & Evan Nesterak, The Behavioral Scientist
Richard Thaler, our long-time advisor (and a source of inspiration for our work), has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his pioneering work in applied behavioral economics. Below is an article about the impact of his contributions to the field that originally appeared on the Behavioral Scientist. Richard Thaler, an economist at the University of … Read more.
Sep 11, 2017 by ideas42
It’s been more than three months since the launch of the Behavioral Evidence Hub, a community-driven collection of behavioral interventions proven to create impact. Jointly launched by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), and ideas42, the B-Hub (as it’s affectionately called) has been visited … Read more.