An award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author of the International Bestselling Business Books Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. Originally published in the U.S. in 2005, Freakonomics instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend 4 years on The New York Times bestseller list, having sold more than 4 million copies around the world, in more than 35 languages. Dubner and his co-author, the University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, have appeared widely on television and maintain the popular FREAKONOMICS blog. Mr. Dubner is also host of Freakonomics Radio, which includes radio, podcast, web, and live event programming imbued with the bestselling book’s iconoclastic approach to everyday economics.
Think Like A Freak
Taking the successful Freakonomics ideas to the next level, Dubner offers an engaging NEW program, based on the highly anticipated new book of the same name, that offers a toolkit to help people gain interesting insights on problem solving in their personal and professional lives. Each idea presented by Dubner will be illustrated by a story or example, in the ever-popular counterintuitive Freakonomics style, that will provide your audience with illuminating thoughts for profitable thinking!
Business & Management Lessons from Freakonomics & SuperFreakonomics
In this engaging presentation, Dubner addresses the fact that the old rules of business just don’t apply and therefore the ideas he and co-author Steven Levitt have presented in Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics make even more sense now than they did a few years ago. It’s a new world, and that demands a new way of thinking. He offers audiences a way of getting beneath the surface of modern business practices. Using humor and first-rate storytelling he discusses the sort of topics that are on every business person’s mind these days: the ways to create behavior change, the incentives that work and don’t work, and the value of asking unpopular questions. The difference between the Freakonomics presentation and other "economic" presentations is that while most economics presentations present great tools for coming up with answers, they don’t come up with the interesting questions. This presentation offers both. Here is a sample of additional questions that Dubner addresses:
- Why is behavior change so difficult? How can I change the behavior of my employees? Why are our incentive programs not working?
- How can I capture more customers from my competitors? How can I influence current customers to increase loyalty?
- Why am I not getting the project outcomes I expected? How do I keep the tyranny of emotion, opinion and anecdote out of my project plan?
- Why is consensus building often a waste of time and resources?
Freakonomics and the Power of Incentives
No matter what your program theme, consider bringing Dubner to put a unique spin on any topic as incentives are key to all of them. His presentations are as entertaining as they are illuminating as he offers data-based stories that show audiences how to inspire change in their own company and community. But in order to change aspects of our world, we first have to understand it. Believe it or not, if we can understand the incentives that lead a schoolteacher to cheat, we can understand how the global economic crisis has come to pass.
The FREAKONOMICS Phenomenon
The No. 1 business book hit the bestseller lists on its first day in print and continues to be phenomenally popular in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and around the world, selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Freakonomics introduced to the world a new way of thinking – a way of getting beneath the surface of modern life – and the title itself has become a catchphrase spoken everywhere from college campuses to corporate boardrooms. The book has won numerous awards and its way of thinking also lives on the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.” SuperFreakonomics offers an entirely new set of lessons to be learned. The book delves into the biggest issues of our time, such as healthcare, terrorism, global warming, the financial crisis, and much more.
The Freakonomics documentary is an anthology based on different chapters of the book. Variety calls the film "a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives." The documentary spent weeks among the Top 10 iTunes film downloads.