2 June 2014 - 3 June 2014
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
Behavioural Exchange 2014 was the world’s first global behavioural insights conference, bringing expert academics and practitioners from around the world to Sydney. Four hundred delegates from around the world gathered in Sydney to discuss behavioural innovations shaping the policy landscape. Behavioural Exchange 2014 gave participants access to the best and brightest from the academic, public, and private sectors in the field of behavioural insights.
Day 1: Monday 2 June 2014
Day 2: Tuesday 3 June 2014
|08.15||Conference Registration||Four Seasons Hotel Pre-function Area|
Professor Bates Gill, Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre
Overview from Day 1 and Agenda for Day 2
MC: Mr Martin Stewart-Weeks
Common Ground: Nudging in Government and Business
Professor Richard Thaler, University of Chicago, in conversation with Professor Max Bazerman, Harvard University.They will discuss opportunities for collaboration between academia, business and government and how this can make BI interventions more effective.
Stream Sessions – The Fundamentals
Facilitated by Stephen Brady, Deputy Secretary, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Stream 2 - Design
Facilitated by Martin Stewart-Weeks
Stream 3 - Delivery
Facilitated by Mr Adrian Renouf, Lead Partner - NSW Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young
Reflections from Business
Professor Mike Norton, Harvard University
The Future of BI
They will be joined for an interactive panel session by
Mr Michael Coutts-Trotter, Secretary, NSW Department of Family and Community Services
This will be the final exchange of ideas for BX2014, drawing together the main themes and ideas from the conference.
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What is "Behavioural Insights"?
"Behavioural insights" (BI) draws on research from behavioural economics, psychology, and neuroscience to understand how humans behave and make decisions in everyday life. By better understanding how people respond to different contexts and incentives, decision-makers can design and implement better policies and services.
BI provides a useful approach to policymaking, as the process of facilitating behaviour change requires a deep understanding of the practical and structural barriers that people face. Traditionally, many policies and programs have been developed with an underpinning in conventional economics, which assumes that people are rational agents always seeking to "self-maximize" in their decisions. The reality, as behavioural economists and cognitive psychologists have discovered, is that people tend to make decisions that depart from rationality in often predictable ways. BI seeks to use the learnings from academia, and there is a growing network of practitioners applying BI in the private and public sectors around the world.
One of the strengths of BI is its experimental approach to policy and service design. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), used wherever possible in BI, are a powerful tool to help policymakers and practitioners decide which of several policies is the most cost effective, and which interventions are not as effective as expected. This approach enables us to adapt our policies so that they steadily improve in quality and effectiveness.
Behavioural Insights in Australia
In November 2012, the New South Wales Government entered into a partnership with the United Kingdom Cabinet Office to support the application of behavioural insights to policies and programs in NSW.
NSW is the first state in Australia to create a centrally staffed and funded BI unit, and BI is providing a new way of looking at existing challenges.
The federal government and several state governments in Australia have been increasing their BI expertise and implementing behavioural trials, contributing to the growing pool of knowledge and research demonstrating proven policy outcomes.
Behavioural Exchange 2014 was hosted by the NSW Government, the United States Studies Centre, and Harvard University’s Behavioural Insights Group.
VIDEOS & INTERVIEWS
Associate Professor James Brown says Australia faces some tough decisions if tensions escalate between the US and China.
Centre CEO Simon Jackman explains the Centres wide range of teaching, research, study abroad and outreach activities.