NextGen Revolution Summit 2018 in Las Vegas came and went, but not without an abundance of information and inspiration. If you’re not familiar with this conference, it is the intersection of behavior analysis, entrepreneurship, technology, and clinical application. Over the years, the field of behavior analysis has become somewhat synonymous with the gold standard of treatment for individuals with autism. However, the application of the science of behavior analysis to enhance the human experience is vast, and the NextGen Revolution Summit reinforced this fact.
I wanted to quickly share a few highlights from this year’s conference. First, Luis Felipe Garcia, CTO and Co-Founder of Antibiotic Adjuvant, Inc., and the BehaviorMe team kicked things off with a Design Thinking Workshop. Design Thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation and used by professionals to solve complex problems. This experience was unique in part because we were assigned seats and asked to work with those we had only just met. Participants were guided through the 5-stages of the design thinking process, which revealed interesting connections to the field of behavior analysis.
Another fascinating presentation by Jamie Waldvogel, founder of Behave Your Best!, opened up with a thought-provoking question, “Why are we waiting for behavior to get ‘bad enough’?” In recent times, there seems to be an increase in social acceptance of challenging behaviors exemplified by young, typically developing, children. As a society, we are accepting unwanted behaviors by simply labeling them as being part of the “Terrible Two’s,” the “Three-nager,” and the “Four-nado.” There is a need to provide parents with tools and strategies to tackle big issues like sleeping, potty training, and picky eating during these early and very critical years of development. We need to proactively support the next generation youth.
The purpose of this blog, however, is not to provide a recap/feedback of each presentation, but to remind readers of why we attend conferences. For me, it’s to learn and network with other like-minded professionals. Additionally, I often leave feeling inspired to implement what I have learned, explore new avenues, and #DoBetter.
With this said, how often do you find yourself invigorated during the conference, only to find yourself back to the same old 9-5 routine? Maybe you’re experiencing feelings of information overload and uncertainty of where to begin. I would be lying if I said this never happened to me, so I wanted to quickly share some tips:
So now that you are rested and re-hydrated, it’s time to take on the world!
Remember, what happens in Vegas gets disseminated :)