The world relies on clean water. Yet pollution threatens nearly every body of water on earth around the globe. Human behavior lies at the center of this issue, both as the problem and the solution.
At BE.Hive: Behavioral Solutions to Water Pollution, we explored the latest academic insights from behavioral science, took inspiration from the world’s leading environmentalists, were ignited by artists, athletes, and storytellers, and identified best-in-class opportunities to help every practitioner and changemaker apply behavioral insights to reduce water pollution.
The summit was divided into three sessions – each building on themes from the prior day(s) – that explored how the science of human behavior can help protect our world’s most valuable resource. Guest poets opened each day with inspiration, followed by insights from a diverse range of experts, cutting-edge research features, and stories of environmental bright spots. Click on the links below to watch videos from the session.
Session 1: The Levers of Behavior Change
Poem: Meera Dasgupta, 2020 Youth Poet Laureate of the United States
Vice President, Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization
National Wildlife Federation
Copenhaver Associate Professor
University of Virginia
James G. Dinan Endowed Professor
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Chief Executive Officer
Sailor and Ocean Advocate
TV Host and Co-Founder
The Big Blue and You
Youth Seat, Steering Committee
Global Water Partnership
Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering
University of Georgia
National Geographic Fellow
El-Erian Professor of Behavioural Economics and Policy
University of Cambridge
Major League Baseball Pitcher
London School of Economics
Juan Camilo Cárdenas
Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Universidad de los Andes (on leave)
Poet and Student
Vice President, Center for Behavior & the Environment
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
University of British Columbia
2020 Youth Poet Laureate of the United States
Director of the Center for Experimental & Applied Economics
University of Delaware
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Director of Operations
ACED – Benin
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Inter-American Development Bank
Bye Bye Plastic Bags
Bonus Opportunity: BCD Design Challenge
The virtual Behavior-Centered Design Challengetook place during the week prior to BE.Hive, where 14 of 27 teams competed to design a real-world water pollution solution.
Winning teams received a prize and the opportunity to have their concepts highlighted at BE.Hive: Behavioral Solutions to Water Pollution.
Solution Search Awards
Featuring: Solution Search Awards
Our worldwide Solution Search contest attracted 100 entries from over 30 countries. Each entry demonstrated how behavioral insights can be applied to reduce water pollution. At BE.Hive: Behavioral Solutions to Water Pollution, we crowned two grand prize winners on stage among the top ten finalists.
Thanks to generous supporters, we could offer this event with reduced pricing.
The Science of Changing Behavior for Environmental Outcomes