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Change Makers: The Psychology of Giving

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Oct 4, 2016

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

UBC Robson Square,
800 Robson St,
Vancouver, BC

Change Makers: The Psychology of Giving


Patrick Francois
Department of Economics
University of British Columbia 

In partnership with: Vancouver-Foundation-250x53
Supported by: rbc-logo1-1


Jacqueline Way

Join CIFAR and the Vancouver Foundation for a Change Makers event where researchers and community leaders will share their investigation and experience on the economics and psychology behind how prosocial behaviours are built and nurtured and the benefits and rewards of charitable giving. Their insights will provide valuable lessons for leaders in government, and for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, who wish to harness prosocial behaviour to help drive social change.

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Lara B. Aknin
Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University

The act of giving back to society — either through time or money — has helped communities over time to strengthen and grow. But what motivates some to act and others to remain on the sidelines? New research is showing that an individual’s interaction with groups can influence their prosocial behaviour and that giving, in particularly through monetary forms, can have important consequences to one’s happiness and well-being.


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