Practitioner Insights Seminar Series

Every day ideas42 and our academic affiliates are exploring useful behavioral insights, testing novel solutions, and learning valuable programmatic lessons. Yet, most of these lessons never reach the public! We want to change that, so we’re making our internal seminar series available to an external audience. Through this regular lecture series, you will gain access to unpublished research, front line behavioral insights, and candid implementation learnings.

Insights Exchange

A monthly program highlighting an ideas42 project

Upcoming Sessions:

June 18, 2020 - Design Principles for Clearing the Pathway to College


Date TBD - Getting New Voters and Nonvoters to the Polls

Date TBD - Improving Public Housing Through a Better Understanding of Context

Date TBD - Referring More ER Patients to Effective Opioid Use Disorder Treatment


Past Sessions (recordings available through annual subscription):

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Behavioral Science and Machine Learning: A Primer

Curious about how to use machine learning in your research? Concerned about the ethics of algorithm-based decisions? This seminar will introduce the concept of machine learning and how we, as behavioral scientists, are using it for social good.

Behavioral Design to Encourage Habit Formation in Handwashing in Peru

Imagine a world where there was a pill that could prevent a million diarrhea-related deaths every year and reduce total incidences of diarrhea by half. Well, we live in that very world, where the "pill" is actually a seemingly simple action: handwashing with soap. And yet - the vast majority of people do not properly wash their hands at critical moments, and researchers have by and large failed to induce folks to do so. In this seminar, we'll talk about how we applied the insights from behavioral science and leveraged disgust, comedy, and essential oils to build a new handwashing habit among caregivers of young children in a small rural village in the Peruvian Andes.

Act to Adapt: Behavioral Design for Climate Adaptation

From heat to hurricanes, floods to fires, climate change cuts across all aspects of life on Earth. While we must continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions (known as climate mitigation), we also have to adjust our structures, systems, and societies in response to the impacts of climate change that are already occurring (known as climate adaptation). In this seminar, we'll explore how behavioral science can be used to accelerate adaptation efforts, and we'll go "beyond the nudge" to discuss decisions that are structural, contextual, occasional, political, and expert-driven. 

Affiliate Talks

Intimate discussions with prominent behavioral scientists

Upcoming Talks:

New date TBD - The Pursuit, Perception, and Payoffs of Passion for Work, presented by Harvard Business School Professor Jon Jachimowicz

Date TBD - UC Berkeley Professor Stefano DellaVigna