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Herding and How To Start a Movement

On the Behavioral Economics Foundations episode on Herding, I mentioned one of my favorite TED Talks – How To Start A Movement by Derek Sivers. TED Talks are always pretty short, but this one is just three minutes long. You might think that is too short to learn something so amazing. Thankfully, this video delivers. While Sivers does not mention the terms “behavioral economics” or “herding” those underlying tendencies we have as a species are why his theories work (and are true). I love the simplicity of the message and how he made it relatable (remember – it’s not about the cookie). Taking complex concepts and making them fun and engaging is pretty much my jam, which is likely why[….]

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The Problem With Valentine’s Day

My husband didn’t buy me flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, and I couldn’t be happier. He did many other things (booked me a fabulous massage package, signed us up for a wine and painting event, made me breakfast) but he chose not to buy me flowers because they are more than double the price this time of year. I understand traditional economics/supply and demand, so I support his decision. One reason I am ok with this is because he buys me flowers all year round – even when there is no occasion (I promise I am not bragging…there is a point to this). Many complain about Valentine’s Day because of the expectation around the event. They might feel the[….]

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