Science has fundamentally transformed society through the advent of new technologies and ideas. However, unlike the physical, biological, and computer sciences, the social and behavioral sciences do not have an established culture of turning research into ventures outside the academia. In this talk, Jason Radford, research scientist at Northeastern University and CEO of the startup Volunteer Science, will provide an overview of what it’s like creating a venture (for-profit or not-for-profit) based on social and behavioral research.
Jason Radford is a Senior Research Scientist in the Lazer Lab. His primary research question is what makes teams, networks, and organizations more effective. In his dissertation, Jason combined non-participant observation, interviews, and web server data to study how a charter school pursued excellence. Jason is now helping found Volunteer Science, a platform for creation online research and recruiting participants from around the world.