Values to Action is a community that seeks to leverage behavioral science, effect change, and make the world a better place for everyone.

together we can make a difference!

​Values to Action seeks a society that is founded on the value of ensuring everyone’s wellbeing. Using proven data from a convergence of human sciences, Values to Action has pinpointed the conditions needed to enhance human thriving:

  • Reducing harmful biological forces

  • Mitigating toxic social experiences 

  • Richly reinforcing all kinds of prosocial behavior

  • Limiting opportunities and influences to engage in harmful behavior

  • Promoting kind, compassionate mutual understanding

  • Nurturing psychological flexibility, which is a mindful approach to pursuing our values


From the level of individual interpersonal relations to the level of the actions of entire nations, it is vital that we promote these kinds of nurturing practices.

We can come together to demand that every sector of society– business, healthcare, education, criminal justice, media, and politics– functions for the benefit of everyone. To this end, we are creating small Action Circles that take the actions needed to advance reforms.

Smiling Woman with Curly Hair
Father and Children

If you are troubled by the state of the world and want to make it better.

If you are looking for a way to make a difference, but don't know  how.

Values to Action is for you!

Children in Library

An Action Circle is a small group of people who come together to study a problem in an effort to devise a solution.  Action Circles are modeled after Study Circles, a key component in the development of social democracy in Scandinavia and continue to be a vital part of maintaining that nation’s commitment to egalitarian goals. 


There are more than 300,000 Study Circles operating in Sweden and this approach is ideal for efficiently activating groups of people who have limited time and even less clarity about what they can do to make a difference.

V2A Logo FINAL.png
Join Now!

Membership Fee: $47.00 


All funds contributed to Values to Action will be used to:

(a) reach more people about the effort to build a more nurturing society

(b) support the work of Action Circles

(c) add content from members of the Values to Action community that helps others advance these efforts.

The book that started it all

The Nurture Effect tells what we have learned in the past fifty years about what human beings need to thrive.  It describes family, school, clinical, and community interventions that make environments more nurturing. It is a comprehensive yet readable account of how we can create societies that ensure that just about every person arrives at adulthood with the skills, interests, values, and health habits they need to lead a productive life in caring relationships with other people.

psych report.jpg
medium logo.png
Sciam Mind.jpg

The book that will help finish the job

This book builds on the Nurture Effect to describe how we can achieve more nurturing societies.  It explains how advocacy for free market economics over the past fifty years took us to where we didn’t want to go.  Economic inequality has soared, millions of families are impoverished and racism rather than declining after the 1960s civil rights revolution has grown. Meanwhile, our corporations are out of control and climate catastrophe confronts us.

The book presents a clear and actionable plan for how we can reform every sector of society so that harmful norms, behaviors, and practices are diminished and practices that support everyone’s wellbeing are steadily advanced.

Nurture Effect.png

Meet Tony Biglan

Tony Biglan.jpg

Tony Biglan is the founder of Values to Action and an award-winning leader of worldwide efforts to evolve more nurturing societies.

He earned the Award for Scientific Translation from the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Analysis in recognition of his contribution to public understanding of the power of behavioral science.

Dr. Biglan’s expertise is based on 40 years of research on the treatment and prevention of psychological and behavioral problems. 

As a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute, he has helped to identify effective family, school, and community interventions to prevent the most common and costly problems of childhood and adolescence around the world.

Values to Action 

2324 West 28th 

Eugene, Oregon 97405