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Hello there, my name is Ben and I am a Behavior Scientist who uses UX Research and Design to improve well-being. I like to spend my time lending these skills to organizations who share a similar vision of improving the world.
An unfortunately small percentage of our world's population has access to the treasured resources of time and ability enabled by good health. These resources are the foundation for peoples' creative capacity for solving many of the world's problems. My mission is to increase that percentage of potential scientists, artists, and creators so that they can solve the multitude of challenges that face our world today.
What began as a passion for understanding phenomena of the universe as an astrophysics major at UCLA quickly turned inwards as an appreciation for the rarity of this planet. In my mind, without a functioning world, the opportunity to pursue great discoveries of the universe could not persist. I quickly changed my degree to environmental science.
After graduation I couch-surfed, worked, and volunteered along a two-year journey through southern Africa and South America. My observations and experiences while visiting my brother in the Peace Corps, working on organic farms and speaking with strangers led to another focusing of my mission. I found that the behaviors required to create a sustainable global ecosystem were being throttled by a lack of time and ability hindered by inequity.
I enrolled in a masters program in Social and Behavioral Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where I learned about the variety of theories (aka tools) that change behavior. My degree allowed me to hop between the Kennedy school, MIT Media Lab, School of Design, School of Business and School of Education, collecting a variety of tools for influencing behavior.
I began practicing these insights as I lead the user research for a micro-farm technology start-up, SproutsIO. This experience in applying the lean methodology ignited my passion for quick, efficient and solutions-focused research, a tenant of UX.
As my mission continues to evolve, I plan to apply my experience in behavioral science to the burgeoning field of UX Design and Research. Combining these fields, I can effectively test, fail, iterate and ultimately advance methods for improving health related behaviors, resulting in positive contributions to one's time and ability. What is left, I hope, is a more resource-abundant space available for individuals to embrace creativity and innovation.
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my portfolio. If you would like to work together or grab a coffee, please feel free to reach out.