Takeaways from big.bright.minds 2012

By Benjamin Rogers

Brain food in the morning and field goals in the evening. What could be better?

Thank you for joining us at the 2012 big.bright.minds meeting in Ann Arbor. Having all of Filene’s talent together, even if just for 48 hours, is worth the time … and then some. Below is the unfairly abridged version of the proceedings. If any of the i3 ideas, research proposals, or product innovations piqued your interest, we want to know about it.

#1 Isn’t That Interesting?

Michael Barr, University of Michigan – Filene’s resident research fellow taught us the easiest college slogan in the world. And don’t forget his fantastic book about the financially vulnerable: No Slack.

Prize Linked Savings Update: Joanna Smith-Ramani, Doorways to Dreams Fund – A savings project that began with Filene fellow Peter Tufano has invigorated credit unions in Michigan and beyond. Slides

The Manhattan Project: Shawn Gilfedder, McGraw Hill FCU – Snooki + hazmat suits = unforgettable. Don’t forget to sign up here

Singularity University Jumiya” Project – 21st-century science is telling us what your grandma probably knew: that drinking correlates with default, running with repayment. But underneath the behavior are powerful connections between physical and financial health. Slides. (You’ll have to imagine Brent Dixon’s sonorous voice describing these)

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