Using behavioral science to evolve more nurturing societies
Values to Action
Evidence based science to guide change and make the world a better place.
together we can make a difference
Values to Action is founded on a vision of a society in which people care for each other. We seek to build a society that is founded on the value of ensuring everyone’s wellbeing. The human sciences have converged in pinpointing the conditions needed to enhancing human thriving (Biglan, Johansson, Van Ryzin, & Embry, 2020). Chief among them are the reduction of toxic biological and social experiences and the promotion of kind, compassionate, and prosocial behavior (Biglan, 2015). From the level of individual interpersonal relations to the level of the actions of entire nations, it is vital that we promote these kinds of nurturing practices.
Our strategy for bringing about a more nurturing society is laid out in Rebooting Capitalism: How We Can Forge a Society That Works for Everyone. It explains how American society has been taken over by a coalition of wealthy conservatives. It uses this analysis to create a blueprint for how we can replace self-aggrandizement with kindness and caring.
We need to demand that every sector of society– business, healthcare, education, criminal justice, media, and politics– functions for the benefit of everyone. To this end, we are creating small study circles that take the actions needed to advance reforms.
A study circle is a small group of people who come together to study a problem in an effort to devise a solution to that problem. Study circles have been a key component in the development of social democracy in Scandinavia (Milner, 1990) It continues to be a vital part of maintaining that nation’s commitment to egalitarian goals. There are about 300,000 study circles operating in Sweden as of 2010 .
This approach is ideal for efficiently activating both behavioral scientists and concerned citizens who have limited time, less knowledge than they would like about what is wrong and what is needed, and no clarity about what they can do to make a difference.
If you join Values to Action, we will offer you opportunities to work with like-minded people on well-defined evidence-based strategies for bringing about change.
The Book that Started it All
A fascinating look at the evolution of behavioral science, the revolutionary way it’s changing the way we live, and how nurturing environments can increase people’s well-being in virtually every aspect of our society, from early childhood education to corporate practices. If you want to know how you can help create a better world, read this book.
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