If you’ve ever ridden an Uber or Lyft, used Tinder or Facebook, shopped at Walmart, or voted in an election, award-winning economist JOHN LIST has changed your life for the better. He studies how human behavior impacts business, education, and public health, and uses this data to help organizations grow. In his groundbreaking book, The Voltage Effect, John teaches us how to solve urgent problems by scaling our great ideas so we can reach new customers, John List’s revolutionary work in behavioral economics has influenced how policymakers address social issues and led him to work with the world’s most innovative companies: Lyft, Uber, Facebook, Google, Tinder, and Walmart, to name a few. Nobel Prize for Economics winner Gary Becker says that “John List’s work is revolutionary”. Whether you’re growing a small business, rolling out a diversity and inclusion program, or delivering billions of doses of a vaccine, John List can help you use the best data about human behavior to make the decisions that lead to growth and success.
John’s book The Voltage Effect: How to Make Good Ideas Great and Great Ideas Scale is a practical guide on how to grow your great ideas. He draws on his experience helping the world’s top companies to introduce us to his concept of voltage: a set of characteristics that all great ideas need to have before they can grow.
John’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Economist, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, NPR, Slate, NBC, Bloomberg, and The Washington Post. He’s the Homer J. Livingston Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, he’s served on the Council of Economic Advisers, and he’s the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Kenneth Galbraith Award.
Wednesday, October 26
US/Eastern from 3 :25 PM to 3 :55 PM ( 30 mins )
[Closing Keynote] AI & Behavioral Economics: Achieve High Voltage & Succeed at Scale
In The Voltage Effect, List draws on his own original research – as well as fascinating examples from the realms of business, government, education, and public health – to reveal specific principles that predict whether an idea can achieve high voltage and succeed at scale. For example:
- Is the early success of your idea actually a false positive?
- Is your initial audience representative of the larger population?
- Does success hinge on the "chef" (specialized talent), or the "ingredients" (the components of the idea itself)?
- Are you getting the most out of every last dollar you spend?
- Are you scaling a culture based on cooperation and high performance?
By employing the science-backed playbook List provides, we can all drive powerful change in our schools, our communities, our organizations, and in society at large. Because a better world can only be built at scale.