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Earlier this month, Dr. Madhuri Karak, Community Engagement Lead at Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment, (virtually) sat down with Dr. Robert H. Frank to discuss climate change, behavioral contagion, and key takeaways from his new book — Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work. This discussion was the second installment of “Rare Conversations,” a new virtual engagement series that features conversations between Rare experts and real-life innovators in the field of behavior change and conservation.

As a New York Times bestselling author and a recently-retired Professor of Economics and Management at Cornell University, Robert Frank has a…

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Whether it be the layout of your living room furniture, the distance between your makeshift home desk and the kitchen, or your neighborhood walking route, these past few months have provided lots of opportunities to become familiar with our immediate surroundings. But do we notice how much our surroundings, even the seemingly mundane features, are shaping us?

This moment, one where we might be limited to exploring our own homes and communities, provides a space for us to recognize the ways that our built environments influence behavior. …

Camille Freeman

The Center for Behavior & the Environment at Rare

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