Misbehaving and the Magic of Behavior Economics

My family and friends now roll their eyes when I try to get a conversation going about behavioral economics. I can’t figure out why – it really is fascinating material. Ever since I read Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, I have been intrigued. Who wouldn’t be? Richard Thaler, a friend of Kahneman and Amos Tversky,…

Casual Style and Harbinger Colleges

Picture college life in the 1920s – perhaps young women dressed as flappers and men in oversize raccoon coats? Or are they formal, in dresses, coats and ties? Fashion – what people wear and where they wear it – can be a fascinating source of inquiry. Grounded in deep desires for social capital and acceptance, fashion is…

Meaning and Vocational Programming

Indianapolis’s Lilly Endowment, one of the world’s wealthiest philanthropies, focuses its grants on community, education and religion. More than fifteen years ago it launched a huge multi-year and multi-school project called Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation (PTEV), allocating $250 million. The aim was to work with colleges and universities to help students examine the relationship…