Gleb is passionate about two things: helping people think more clearly and advancing global flourishing. These passions combined into one when he and his wife, Agnes Vishnevkin, co-founded Intentional Insights in the Winter of 2014. Since that time, Gleb has collaborated with a group of like-minded enthusiasts to translate research on rational thinking, emotional intelligence, and effective giving into daily life strategies that advance global flourishing. He was always excited about such ideas, leading him to get a PhD in the history of science, researching the intersection of psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral economics. Gleb currently holds a tenure-track professorship at The Ohio State University and is a member of the Decision Sciences Collaborative there. He published dozens of peer-reviewed essays in academic venues in the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia, and elsewhere, as well as numerous popular articles, and serves on a number of boards, for instance as the Science Advisor on the Planet Purpose Advisory Board.
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Agnes loves sharing the exciting world of evidence-based tools for working around the emotions and thoughts that may keep us from reaching our goals. As she searched for a resource that offers accessible and easy-to-use strategies based on research in cognitive science and behavioral economics, she discovered that much of this incredibly helpful information was scattered across various books and websites, many of them not accessible to the average person. Agnes and her husband, Gleb Tsipursky, decided to create that resource and launched Intentional Insights in 2014. Agnes holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Brandeis University and has more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including operations, fundraising, grantmaking, strategic planning, and social enterprise. Agnes served as Vice President of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio from 2013 to 2014.
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Andrew is a firm believer in kaizen - a Japanese word that roughly translates to a constant desire to improve. In addition, as a professional poker player and aspiring economist, Andrew benefits from a unique perspective that sees value in maximizing expected value and efficiency in all facets of life. This has led to a pursuit of rational thinking, effective altruism, and an interest in “nudging” - leveraging psychology to induce people to make better decisions. Andrew is in the middle of pursuing a PhD in economics at University of California - Santa Cruz, but he still finds time to play poker and contribute to Effective Altruist metacharities like InIn and Raising for Effective Giving, which asks poker players to donate a percentage of their winnings to effective causes. He is excited to be a part of Intentional Insights because of the different projects and approaches the organization uses to improve the world.
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Cerina began using a logic-based approach to life during her early teens, long before she knew the term “rationality” existed or the many forms it could take. During her early adulthood, she and a group of like-minded friends joined together to create a discussion area where they could brainstorm alternative, rational solutions to everyday problems. When she discovered that a non-profit had been created for that express purpose (Intentional Insights) in late 2014, she began contributing in the form of graphics, and has since joined the leadership team in hopes of promoting a more rational worldview.
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Alex is an eccentric existentialist philosopher whose ultimate goal is to equip humanity to resolve its conflicts and greatly speed up technological, cultural, and economic advancement. His approach is to empower all people so they are able and unafraid to deal with problems and help each other. To this end, he applies philosophy and psychology research to address the root causes of human mistakes, addressing his own flaws in the process. Over the years, Alex has developed and compiled paradigms to help people learn different problem-solving skills and succeed at other minds by understanding others’ motivations and perspectives. In addition, he collects existing educational works to guide people as they continue improving. At Intentional Insights, Alex leads the informal coaching project, which gives people a place to start learning how to deal with struggles and achieve their goals. He is excited for this opportunity to help people directly, to continue collecting and refining knowledge about nurturing growth, and to demonstrate and spread effective approaches for empowering people. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in optical engineering and works at a medical software company.
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Steve contributes to Intentional Insights by maintaining accurate and transparent financial records as the organization’s Treasurer and Ex Officio member of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since October 2016. He is grateful to be able to contribute to an organization that is passionate about such an important endeavor: advocating rational thinking, especially in the political arena. Steve is a member of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) through which he met Gleb and Agnes. He has degrees in accounting and statistics and works in the insurance industry, where failing to think rationally can have serious financial consequences.
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