November 24, 2019

Katy Milkman: Behavior Change for Good

Katy Milkman is no ordinary behavioral scientist. She’s a Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at Wharton and has a secondary faculty appointment in the University of Pennsylvania’s Medical School in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. She’s Co-Director, with Angela Duckworth, at the non-profit Behavior Change for Good Initiative. She’s the host of one of our favorite podcasts, called Choiceology, she is in the middle of writing a book, and she’s a Mom and Partner all at the same time.

We are grateful to her for taking time to record a conversation with us about her work on temptation bundling, the sorts of projects she’s getting at the Behavior Change for Good organization, and a few tidbits about what her book, coming out in 2021, will have in store for the readers.

Most importantly, Katy shared three important pieces of wisdom about behavior change during our conversation: 1. Behavior change is hard – cut yourself some slack. 2. We humans are not built to do the right thing all the time.  3. Just keep trying.

Stay tuned for our BONUS TRACK at the end where we review key takeaways and offer up a Groove idea for the week!

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Katy Milkman – Twitter: @katy_milkman

Behavior Change for Good:

Choiceology podcast:

Temptation Bundling:

Fresh Start Effect:

Charles Duhigg:

BJ Fogg Maui Habit:

Robert Cialdini, PhD:

Francesca Gino, PhD:

Angela Duckworth, PhD:


Kurt Nelson:

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