We'd all like to make a change in the world, but what are the most effective ways of doing that? Martin Sweeney explains how there are many ways to achieve a goal, but only a few ways of making a meaningful, long-lasting impact.
Martin is an Advisor at the Behavioral Insights Team (BIT), a social purpose company that applies behavioral science – the study of what makes people take action and why – to government programs and services. Under the What Works Cities initiative, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Martin works on projects in priority areas of US cities. Prior to joining BIT, Martin worked as a Research Analyst at Innovations for Poverty Action, analyzing data from randomized controlled trials in developing countries with research topics ranging from health behavior and social protection to microfinance and financial literacy. Martin holds a BA with honors from Middlebury College with majors in Economics and Environmental Studies. As an undergraduate, Martin interned in the Commissioner’s Office at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Martin is also an SPFHS graduate, class of ’09.
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