Stumbling Upon My Own Big Heart: Self-Discovery & Behavior Analysis

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About the presentation: 
So much of the content we are bombarded with day to day: “5 steps to achieve your greatest self!” or “The ONE thing that will get you back 5 hours of your life!” come from a great place, but how do you know what really works for you? The beauty of behavior analysis lies in its ability to affect meaningful change at an individual level. When I first stumbled into a behavior analysis class as a naïve undergraduate I had no clue that it would provide me with a lens to understanding why we do what we do… why I do what I do! Join me in a personal story of how and why a behavior analytic framework can be beneficial to realizing, exploring, and fulfilling your personal and professional goals. I will emphasize tools, literature, apps and communities that have helped shape my understanding of the field and accessible places to learn more or become involved regardless of your formal training in behavior analysis. Expect an easy-to-digest presentation full of rabbit holes for you to jump down and learn more on your own afterwards!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will identify three online communities for engaging in self-exploration.
  2. Attendees will identify the power of tools (e.g., apps, website, social media platforms) that will aid in their own self-discovery and community building.
  3. Attendees will identify various self-management frameworks from a conceptual standpoint from an accessible and simple (not simplistic) stand point.
  4. Attendees will identify questionable methods and strategies within the self-management and self-exploration world.

About the presenter:

Hey, I’m Ryan. I usually go by Ryan O or RYANO. I hail from northern Nevada in the grungy, yet surprisingly classy, (and newly renovated) Reno, Nevada . I like my climate like I like my data: evolving, uncompromising, and progressive. I am a master of science; that is, I have an M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, however my interests have grown to include many other interests, including entrepreneurship and capturing perspectives and stories through various mediums. These interests and skills have allowed me to work with a lot of great people. I’ve started three businesses, started numerous active joint venture agreements, a behavioral think-tank, a podcast, a professional development movement, helped organizations that support people with Intellectual Disabilities, to list a few. Currently I’m on a “gap” year where I make content for behavioral science enthusiasts and prepare for my next big venture (TBA in 2019). I focus outside this role on building a community of thought leaders and doers to create content that increases the transparency of behavior analytic technologies with the hopes of creating a platform that truly saves the world. My interests are all over, from artificial intelligence and machine learning applications to the theory and philosophy behind Why We Do What We Do ( In my spare time you can find me consuming social media, prepping/climbing a giant mountain, or walking around with my camera in my hand (and, occasionally, all simultaneously). Connect with me personally on most all social platforms via @TheDailyBA and let me know what drives you to pursue the Behavior Analysis vision.