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behavioural economics | Oct 24th, 2017

Systems Are Complicated. That’s Why They Fail. Chris Clearfield’s Meltdown Exposes the Flaws of Complexity and How to Avoid Them

The Washington, D.C. Metro System; a state-of-the-art hospital; an elaborate meal: the most complex systems are vulnerable to collapse, tiny errors toppling organizations like dominos. But it’s avoidable. Chris Clearfield, behavioral economics expert and co-author of Meltdown (2018) explains how... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Oct 4th, 2017

With Today’s Complexity, Tiny Errors Can Lead to Enormous Meltdowns. It Can Happen to Any Organization, Says András Tilcsik

Our world is a network of complicated systems—think travel, healthcare, finance, or media. But because these systems are now so dizzyingly complex, even the smallest of errors can lead to enormous disasters. Enter András Tilcsik. As co-author of the hotly anticipated Meltdown, he maps why our... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Aug 28th, 2017

Many Tech Execs Don’t Let Their Kids Use Their Own Products. Adam Alter Explains How to Limit Screen Time in His New TED Talk

There’s a reason Adam Alter’s latest TED talk has garnered over 1.6 million views – in it, the psychologist and marketing visionary offers actual suggestions for enriching the precious parcel of personal time an individual has left at the end of the day.  “That space is incredibly important to us,... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Jun 1st, 2017

VIDEO: How Does Flirting Make a Happier City? Urban Design Consultant Charles Montgomery Explains

“Every city’s doing a little bit right,” said author and urban design consultant Charles Montgomery during his recent Lavin HQ visit. “And a lot wrong, unfortunately,” he adds with a smile. He’s worked on enough cities to know.  Charles Montgomery speaks from the intersection of theory and... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Nov 1st, 2016

Want a Happy Workplace? Learn the Fine Art of Cooperation with Yale’s David Rand

David Rand focuses on what makes individuals willing to pay costs—think time, energy, or resources—in order to create benefits for others. In other words, how do we explain cooperation, when, on the surface, it seems unnatural? And how do we further encourage it?  When we cooperate with others,... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Oct 19th, 2016

What Do We Look for in Teammates, Candidates, and Leaders? Chia-Jung Tsay Reveals Our Non-Conscious Biases

Are the decisions we make truly grounded in logic, or is there some other factor at work? New speaker Chia-Jung Tsay studies the non-conscious beliefs that guide our everyday actions—in short, judgment biases. Why, for example, do recruiters prefer those with natural talent to those who grind it... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Jul 18th, 2016

New Videos: Elizabeth Dunn and the Science of Spending

To Happy Money author Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, money can buy happiness—if we’re spending it correctly. Dunn is a much-cited happiness researcher, which is exactly what it sounds like: operating out of UBC’s Department of Psychology, she conducts original research into the ways individuals and... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Jul 6th, 2016

Sociology and the Swipe: Introducing New Speaker Jessica Carbino

“Why aren’t they swiping right?”  It’s a question plaguing millions of users of Tinder, the ultra-popular dating app, and one to which Dr. Jessica Carbino may have the answer. Carbino is Tinder’s sociologist, and her work—and keynotes—dig far beneath the surface of looks-based decisions, exploring... Continue Reading →