September 5, 2021

Vaccinating the World: How Behavioral Science Helps. With Michael Coleman

How can behavioral science aid the mammoth task of vaccination the world against Covid? What common barriers cause vaccine hesitancy in populations around the globe? And how can behavioral design overcome them? 

Born out of frustration, while trying to eliminate Polio from Pakistan, the global behavioral design agency Common Thread (www.gocommonthread.com) was born. They use findings from psychology, anthropology, economics and sociology, to identify and analyze behavioral insights. Bringing a people-centered approach to the world's toughest public health problems.

We are delighted to be joined on this podcast episode with the co-founder, director and lead storyteller of Common Thread, Michael Coleman. He talks with us about his new publication, “The Little Jab Book: 18 Behavioral Science Strategies for Increasing Vaccination Uptake” (www.vax-up.org) and the global projects that he is currently collaborating on.

Topics

(6:24) Speed round questions.

(8:55) Applying behavioral science to global health concerns.

(9:47) How Common Thread was started and why it focuses on putting people at the center of public health problems.

(11:30) The complexities Mike faced with the Polio Eradication Plan in Pakistan.

(14:02) What is the mission of Common Thread?

(15:52) What tools does Common Thread use to change behavior?

(18:59) How can removing friction from decisions make a big difference in people’s responses?

(23:00) About The Little Jab Book: 18 Behavioral Science Strategies for Increasing Vaccination Uptake.

(25:33) Who The Little Jab Book is intended for?

(27:01) What are the barriers to vaccinating the world against Covid?

(31:50) How vaccine hesitant conversations can impact public health responses.

(34:28) Work with UNICEF to create individual country responses to vaccination barriers.

(39:16) What music would Mike take to a desert island? 

(41:43) How Common Thread uses music to foster an inclusive work culture.

(43:35) Grooving Session with Kurt and Tim summarizing the application of Mike’s insights.

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Links

Common Thread: www.gocommonthread.com/ 

Michael Coleman: www.gocommonthread.com/blog/person/michael-coleman/ 

Common Thread newsletter “The Stitch”: www.gocommonthread.com/the-stitch/ 

The Little Jab Book: 18 Behavioral Science Strategies for Increasing Vaccination Uptake: www.vax-up.org

Behavioral Insights lab set up with Gavi for immunization oriented to the global south: “From Idea to Immunization”: www.gocommonthread.com/work/global-gavi-bi/ 

Barry’s tea: www.barrystea.ie/

Sherine Guirguis: www.gocommonthread.com/about/ 

Harvard School of Public Health: www.hsph.harvard.edu/social-and-behavioral-sciences/ 

UNICEF: www.unicef.org/ 

The Global Vaccine Allowance: www.gavi.org

The Gates Foundation: www.gatesfoundation.org

Vax-Up: www.vax-up.org

PATH: www.path.org

BUSARA: www.busaracenter.org/ 

The New York Times Global Vaccination Tracker: https://nyti.ms/2WNx1Xt 

Rob Burnet, Well Told Story: www.africa-asa.com/rob-burnet/ 

Episode 202: How Chaning Jang Works Around Not Being WEIRD: www.behavioralgrooves.com/episode/how-chaning-jang-works-around-not-being-weird/

Episode 223: How Behavioral Science Can Impact Nonprofits: The Inspiring Story at Save The Children: www.behavioralgrooves.com/episode/behavioral-science-and-nonprofits/

Musical Links

 Nina Simone “Stars” (Montreux Festival in 1976): https://bit.ly/38Dv7Lz 

Jeff Buckley “Grace”: https://bit.ly/3BG9OW4 

Jeff Buckley (Live in Frankfurt, 1995): https://bit.ly/3h0XMi7 

The Tragically Hip “Ahead By a Century”: https://bit.ly/38G2kGm 

Common Thread Spotify Playlist: https://spoti.fi/3yHvsYf 

Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou, a 93 year old Ethiopian jazz pianist: https://spoti.fi/3zPhlBG

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