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Rare Conversations with Leidy Klotz
July 15, 2021 | Virtual

Rare Conversations with Leidy Klotz

Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less

July 15, 2021 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT 

Whether it’s building with LEGO® toys or building cities, we often think to solve problems by adding to the equation. But what happens if we subtract instead? Leidy Klotz, professor at the University of Virginia, explores this paradigm shift in his new book, Subtract: the Untapped Science of Less. Join Leidy in conversation with Dr. Madhuri Karak of Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment on how we might tap into this mindset to better solve ecological challenges.


SIWI World Water Week
August 23-27, 2021 | Virtual

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BE.Hive: Behavioral Solutions to Water Pollution
September 21-23, 2021 | Virtual

Illuminating. Interactive. Unexpected. Global.

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 will explore the latest academic insights from behavioral science, take inspiration from the world’s leading environmentalists, be ignited by artists, athletes and storytellers, and identify best-in-class opportunities to help you apply behavioral insights to reduce water pollution.

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Rare Conversations with Roberta Katz
October 14, 2021 | Virtual

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October 14, 2021 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT 

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Rare Conversations with Julie Packard: The Ocean-Climate Connection
October 8, 2020 | Virtual

The Ocean-Climate Connection

Climate change is here. It’s the wildfires from Australia, the Amazon, and America’s west coast. It’s the hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and heatwaves in Siberia. And it’s the warming of our ocean, so critical to lives and livelihoods around the world. So, what does climate change mean for life in the ocean? What does it mean for vulnerable coastal communities – in the U.S. and around the world? And what can we do to help?

Join us for an interactive conversation with ocean advocate and philanthropist Julie Packard, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Rare Philippines VP Rocky Sanchez Tirona as they discuss the ocean-climate connection, and how a healthy ocean is a critical piece of the climate puzzle.


Rare Conversations w/ Robert Frank: Can Peer Pressure Solve Climate Change?
August 13, 2020 | Virtual Engagement

Rare Conversations with Robert Frank: Can Peer Pressure Solve Climate Change?

August 13, 2020 • 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Behavioral science tells us that we take action when we see our friends and neighbors take action. So how can we use the power of social forces to tackle one of the greatest threats of our time: climate change? Join us for an interactive conversation with New York Times best-selling author and behavioral economist Robert Frank to discuss some of the key findings from his recent book, Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work.

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Training in Spanish: Behavior Centered Design for the Environment
August 5-6, 2020 | Virtual Training

Spanish Behavior-Centered Design for the Environment Training

August 5-6, 2020 

Join us for an interactive virtual training in Behavior Centered Design, delivered in Spanish. Guided by trainers from Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment, you will explore the fundamentals of behavior change theory and strategy by working through a real-world challenge, gaining a deep understanding of how to apply our approach to your work to generate more effective, lasting solutions.

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Rare Conversations: Innovating for Sustainability in an Uncertain Time
June 25, 2020 | Virtual Engagement

Innovating for Sustainability in an Uncertain Time

June 25, 2020 • 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET

Uncertainty abounds. A global pandemic. International protests for social justice. The looming threat of climate change. Whether you are a civic leader, a philanthropist, a concerned parent, or simply a human, you are accustomed to navigating ambiguity. But this moment has brought ambiguity to a whole new level. So, how do we harness ambiguity and use this uncertainty in our favor? How can we use behavioral tools to bring us from uncertainty to innovation? Join us for a short, interactive conversation to hear from one of the world’s leading design thinkers.

Featuring special guest Sarah Stein Greenberg, Executive Director of Stanford’s, along with Dr. Madhuri Karak, the Community Engagement Lead for Rare’s BE.Center.

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The Ocean Race Summit
May 27, 2020 I Virtual from The Hague

The Ocean Race Summit

The Summit brought together 200 ocean conservation experts and advocates including business leaders and policymakers, scientists and technicians, solutions innovators, athletes, skippers, ocean advocates, environmental justice campaigners, marketers and storytellers, behavioral scientists, sports psychologists, young wavemakers and those living and working with the ocean.

The goal for The Ocean Race Summit is to identify solutions and to facilitate meaningful action. Experts are exploring ways to apply behavioral science, sports psychology and marketing tools to make an impact.  Kevin Green from Rare’s BE.Center joined the Science of Action session to share behavioral science insights to save our oceans.

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Changing Social Norms: Behaviour Change for Climate
May 4, 2020 | Virtual: Oxford Climate Society

Changing Social Norms: Behaviour Change for Climate

Oxford Climate Society

Rare is delighted to join the Oxford Climate Society to share how our human nature and desire to be social can be used to spark climate-friendly behavior.

Research has established that mitigating climate change will largely depend on changing mindsets, behaviours and societal norms. So where do we start? The Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated that many people can work from home and significantly reduce their travel. How can we make some of these low-carbon behaviour changes more permanent post-Covid? How can other low-carbon behaviours become normal in society?

Featuring Elke Weber, Professor of Psychology and Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor of Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, and Rare’s Kevin Green, Vice President of the Center for Behavior & the Environment.

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SXSW Via Zoom
March 18, 2020 | Virtual

Make It Personal: 7 Steps to Impact Climate Change


The South by Southwest festival was canceled, so we went virtual!

In partnership with Zoom, Rare CEO Brett Jenks shared the 7 behaviors individual people can adopt to actually move the needle on climate change, and Rare’s bold new initiative to spark their adoption.

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UN Climate Change Conference - COP 25
December 2-13, 2019 | Madrid, Spain

UN Climate Change Conference – COP 25

IFEMA – Feria de Madrid
Madrid, Spain
December 2 – December 13, 2019

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the international response to climate change. It is a treaty that sets out the basic responsibilities of the 196 Parties (States) plus the European Union to fight climate change.

Rare works with local and national partners to demonstrate how sub-national level, and local action are critical for long-term and sustainable commitment to the Nationally Determined Contribution’s (NDC) implementation.

Leveraging first results from our ongoing ‘Fishing for Climate Resilience’ project, Rare took Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) in coastal communities to center stage. Together with various partners ranging from government, to academia and NGOs, we hosted 3 side events. With over 90 additional events discussing the important link between climate and oceans at the COP25, examples of Rare’s unique approach to community-led, nature-based solutions in small-scale fisheries were well received by many.

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Webinar: The Local Lens
October 29, 2019 | Online

The Local Lens: Engaging Photography Through Participatory Photography

October 29, 2019

For the coastal fishing community of Zavora, Mozambique, the ocean is a way of life. Yet coastal overfishing threatens this small and dynamic community on the southeastern coast. Working with renowned photojournalist Jason Houston, Rare gave cameras to four community members to document their lives and share their experiences through their own lens. What emerged was a personal look at the people of this extraordinary place along Mozambique’s Wild Coast. Click below to explore how participatory photography can be used as a powerful tool for practitioners looking to engage communities and better understand their world.

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Our Ocean Norway
October 23-24, 2019 | Oslo, Norway

Since its inception, Our Ocean has helped put our oceans’ health at the top of national and international political agendas. The conference brings together heads of state, ministers, philanthropy, NGOs, corporations, scientists and other experts to commit to taking actions that protect and revitalize our oceans. Rare has regularly and actively participated in Our Ocean over the years, highlighting the work and progress made by our Fish Forever program. Click below for key takeaways from the week in Oslo.

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BE.Hive on Campus
October 4-5, 2019 | Carlisle, PA, USA

BE.Hive on Campus

Carlise, PA
October 5, 2019 

Rare in collaboration with Dickinson College, presented BE.Hive on Campus: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change. This interactive summit will convene environmental advocates, youth climate activists, sustainability pros, behavioral scientists and other visionary leaders to explore how campus communities can be at the forefront of promoting sustainable behaviors and curbing the climate crisis.

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Behavior-Centered Design Challenge

Carlisle, PA
Friday, October 4, 2019

Ahead of BE.Hive on Campus, Rare hosted a Behavior-Centered Design Challenge at Dickinson College. Challenge participants, working in teams with direct coaching and partnership from leading behavioral science experts, worked to create real world solutions to address a specific greenhouse gas emissions challenge facing colleges and universities across the country. Winning teams received $1,500 and had their concepts highlighted at the BE.Hive on Campus summit.

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Global Landscapes Forum
June 22, 2019 | Bonn, Germany

Narratives for Radical Change: Rare at Global Landscapes Forum

Bonn, Germany
June 22, 2019 

Rare Managing Director of Climate & Water, Paula Caballero, spoke before the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany during a session on the power of narratives to propel change. Caballero, a driving force behind the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shared her experience shifting the global development narrative from one that divided the world into the haves and have-nots, to a unifying narrative in which all nations and constituencies share responsibility in building a more sustainable world.

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Growing Blue Mozambique
May 23 - May 24, 2019 | Maputo, Mozambique

Growing Blue Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique
May 23 – May 24, 2019

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Webinar: People, Behavior & Vibrant Oceans
May 30, 2019 | Online

Webinar: People, Behavior & Vibrant Oceans

May 30, 2019

Dr. Steve Box, Rare’s Senior Vice President of Fish Forever, and Melissa Wright, oceans lead for Bloomberg Philanthropies, lead a webinar on shifting fishers’ behaviors to help curb overfishing.

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Webinar: Behavior Change for Nature
May 14, 2019 | Online

Webinar: Behavior Change for Nature

May 14, 2019

See how the Behavioural Insights Team and Rare’s Center for Behavior & the Environment are expanding the conservationist’s toolkit to include the latest insights from leading behavioral science.

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BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change
March 19, 2019 | Washington, DC, USA

BE.Hive: Climate Change Needs Behavior Change

National Geographic, Washington, DC
March 19, 2019  

This day-long summit explored climate change through the lens of human behavior. Co-sponsored by Rare and National Geographic Society, the summit brought together climate experts, behavioral scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, students and others for a conversation about using what we know about human behavior and decision-making to help people reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. It was a day of hope, solutions, and the unexpected.

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