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About Commit To Change

The Commit to Change programme has been developed to help people in the UK achieve their health goals, whether that's by stopping smoking, losing weight or by setting another health challenge. The site is based on a model created by US company stickK.com, LLC. stickK developed their approach by combining personal experience with research findings from Yale University. The US site first launched in 2008 and has been successful in helping thousands of people to reach their health goals by encouraging them to create Commitment Contracts. The Commitment Contract concept is based on two well known principles of behavioral economics:

  1. People don't always do what they claim they want to do, and
  2. Incentives get people to do things

So far almost 451,000 people globally have created Commitment Contracts, and over 40 million dollars have been put on the line. Over 1,000,000 workouts have been successfully completed and over 29 million cigarettes not smoked. The model has been adapted for the first time for a UK audience, and within the NHS, and is supported by Surrey University, NHS Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group.

 


The Commit to Change Team

Professor Paul Grob
UK Affiliate
Professor Paul Grob is Director of the Commit to Change project and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Healthcare Planning at the University of Surrey.

He has spent over 40 years in clinical practice as an active GP, researcher and educator, and was the Director of Epidemic Observation Unit for the RCGP. He was Postgraduate Dean responsible for education in the South West Thames Region and in 1987 was awarded the Lasdon Visiting Professorship by the Royal Society of Medicine. His main research interests are ‘how do you nudge’ people into healthier lifestyles.

Recently retired from clinical practice he enjoys sailing, biking and gardening and behaving badly with his numerous grandchildren.
Dr. Phil Moore
UK Affiliate
Dr. Phil Moore is a long-standing and enthusiastic GP committed to transforming the NHS through the opportunities afforded by the new Health & Social Care Bill.

He has been deeply involved in the transformation of the local NHS as Deputy Chair of the Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group. He has an interest in the improvement of local medical health and is a member of the London Strategic Medical Network advisory group for mental health. Nationally he is on the leadership group of the NHS Clinical Commissioners and Chairs the Mental Health Commissioners’ Network.

He is a Visiting Fellow in Healthcare Management at the University of Surrey and has an interest in micro-enterprise in developing countries and is a trustee of an international charity supporting such projects.
Jerry Brown
International Coordinator
Jerry serves as Product Manager for stickK and is the International Coordinator for the Commit to Change program, working closely with the UK affiliates from the programme's inception. He joined the stickK team in the spring of 2017 after troubleshooting for the Community Experience team at Meetup. As Product Manager, Jerry focuses on building and scaling stickK across Web and Mobile platforms.

Jerry graduated from Grinnell College in 2014 with a degree in Economics. Out of the office, he enjoys playing ping pong with his dog, Siggy

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stickK's Founders

Ian Ayres
Co-founder
Ian Ayres is a lawyer and an economist. He is the William K. Townsend Professor at Yale Law School and a Professor at Yale's School of Management. He has published nine books including, 'Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way to be Smart' in 2007.

In 2006, Ian was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. and a J.D. from Yale University.

Read Ian's personal weight loss story here.
Jordan Goldberg
Chairman, Co-founder
Jordan Goldberg is a co-founder of stickK and served as its CEO from 2007 until 2016. He graduated from Yale University in 2006 where he earned his BA in American Studies. Jordan is a recipient of Yale School of Management's Silver Anniversary Scholarship, a scholarship to the MBA program awarded to six undergraduate students each year.

Jordan currently serves as a consultant in applied behavioral economics, working with startups to fortune 500 companies in efforts to nudge customer and/or employee decisions towards desired outcomes, in both digital and retail experiences.
Dean Karlan
Co-founder
Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics at Yale University. Dean has done extensive academic research on Commitment Contracts for savings and for quitting smoking. He is also president of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a non-profit he founded in 2002, that applies rigorous research techniques to develop solutions to real-world problems faced by the poor in developing countries.

Dean is a research fellow of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and co-director of the Financial Access Initiative, a consortium created with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He has a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., an MBA and MPP from the University of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Read Dean's personal weight loss story here.
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