Archive for the Behavior Change Category

We’re Not Here to Do “PR”

May 16

If you visit our office at Ogilvy Washington, you’ll encounter a group of professionals who aren’t here to “do PR.” You’ll find people who are passionate. Some are passionate about preventing cancer, some about creating a healthier America for our youth, some about protecting the environment or preparing people to deal with disaster. But the […]

What the March for Science Protestors Can Learn from Mean Girls

May 04

“You can’t sit with us” were the famous words spoken by Gretchen Wieners when they finally determined that Regina George, their former leader, was no longer a part of the Plastics in the movie Mean Girls. Regina reacted in the only way she knew how in order to ease her pain and maintain her perceived […]

Ogilvy is Harnessing the Power of Virtual Reality for Change, Responsibly

Mar 31

How can you encourage public officials to take flood risks seriously? That’s the question that Ogilvy sought to answer working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with IMMERSED, a Virtual Reality (VR) experience created to help users understand the real impacts that flooding brings to communities and individuals. Ogilvy, as part of the Resilience Action Partners joint venture […]

Doing the Unexpected

Mar 29

I never would have thought that working with Peruvians to build their first-ever sewage system in a small village eight hours south of Lima would be a critical experience for crafting an impactful marketing and communications campaign. Working on projects like this while serving in the Peace Corps developed my skills in international project management, […]

SNAP Decisions: When Your Local Government-Approved Retailer Is Dennies Liquors

Mar 02

Growing up in a family that relied on government assistance to help us meet our food and nutrition needs, my biggest concern was avoiding the embarrassment that came with pulling out the booklet of paper food stamps in our upper-middle class neighborhood grocery store. As a kid, that embarrassment felt bigger than all the things […]

Can Zebras Stop Traffic Violations?

Feb 22

Picture this. You’re making your way around the traffic circle in Dupont, glancing at the time knowing that you’re late to meet your friends for brunch. Feeling a little overeager, you inch forward at a red light – inadvertently blocking the pedestrian crosswalk. With mimosas and eggs benedict on your mind, you’re startled when a […]

Brand Activism: Fumble or Touchdown?

Feb 10

There’s been a lot of discussion in the past few days about this year’s Super Bowl ads. Many have been cheering on the brands that are taking a stand on issues, while others have criticized companies for their points of view or for not being authentic. From the emotional, riveting story told by 84 Lumber, […]

What Drives Voting? Social Media Is the New Sticker

Oct 20

Last week, a Fast Company headline caught my eye – “The Surprising Genius of the ‘I Voted’ Sticker.” In the article, the author refers to a “simpler time” in the 1980s when the stickers were first introduced and explains the basic power of the sticker: social pressure. Many of us vote so that we can […]

Top Picks from Day 2 of the Social Good Summit

Sep 20

Day 2 of the Social Good Summit was also very uplifting and attendees walked away with the clear directive to aim high and use your voice to affect change. Every talk was inspiring, but here are my top picks: The Summit began with a big salute to the 17 UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable […]

3 Themes from Day 1 of the Social Good Summit

Sep 19

I am very excited to be attending the Social Good Summit at the 92nd Street Y. Day One of the Summit–which examines the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world–focused on the following themes: To address core problems facing the globe, change must happen at the individual, community, policy […]