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Secrecy and the Non-Curated Life.

There is a moment in the recent American “techno-thriller” The Circle when Mae Holland (played by Emma Watson) makes the observation that she is a better person when she is being watched. At this point in the film Mae has decided to go “completely transparent”, opening her entire life to online observation and scrutiny. Those familiar […]

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Technology Justice

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences Centenary Lecture Series Technology Justice – why it’s time to reboot our relationship with technology Simon Trace CBE 7pm Tuesday 14th March 2017 A6 – Llandinam Building Department of Geography and Earth Sciences Aberystwyth University Technology underpins human development. We need access to it to provide the very basics […]

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Brain Culture

Jessica Pykett’s new book Brain Culture: Shaping Policy Through Neuroscience is now out! This unique book offers a timely analysis of the impact of rapidly advancing knowledge about the brain, mind and behaviour on contemporary public policy and practice. Examining developments in behaviour change policies, neuroscience, architecture and urban design, education, and workplace training programmes the […]

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Behavioural Science Meets Data Science

The idea that integrated technologies will increasingly enable us to close the loop between learning about what people are doing and being able to shape what they are doing, at unprecedented demographic scales, surely heralds a qualitative and quantitive sea change in behavioural governance.

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When behaviour change is not enough

I have to lay my cards on the table. I do believe that behaviour change initiatives can make a significant difference to people’s long-term wellbeing and to our broader collective attempts to protect the environment. Notwithstanding this position (which is most probably itself a fairly engrained bias, shaping the way I assess and think about […]

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At the APPG

Mindfulness In Westminister By Rachel Lilley   Is mindfulness an opiate or a system changer? That was one of the key discussions in the All Party Group on Mindfulness meeting in Westminster yesterday on Workplace Mindfulness. Our attempts to combine behaviour change theory and mindfulness are definitely attempting to apply it as a transformative game […]

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The Fatty Crab

Behavioural Sciences in the Fatty Crab (Image Credit: Trip Advisor) I meet with David Berreby in a Malaysian restaurant called the Fatty Crab on Hudson Avenue in New York. Hudson Avenue starts at the point where the rigid line of 8th Avenue gently dissolves in to the leafy complexity of the West Village. It is […]

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Inside the Beltway

Behaviour Change inside the Beltway When it comes to considering the impacts of the behavioural sciences on public policy the US provides the most compelling of case studies. It can be argued that the US is the heartland of the behaviour change agenda, which has seen the insights of behavioural sciences reshaping policies in areas […]

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Mindfulness and Behavioural Change: an Evaluation We recently delivered a Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy (MBCEPP) programme to civil servants in Wales. The programme explored the impacts that  learning about new behavioural insights through the practices of mindfulness could have. The programme yielded some very positive results and the evaluation report can […]

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Nudge: the Real Ethical Debate?

I recently returned from my second trip to the Netherlands this year. As with my first visit I was speaking with various government officials and advisors about the application of behavioural insights to public policy design. Discussions are now fairly well advanced in the Netherlands concerning how the central government would like to apply nudge-type […]

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