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11
Aug

Sān rén chéng hǔx: Three men make a tiger

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Qin Shihuangdi first ruled China in 221 BC. He was the first Emperor, and laid the foundations for the world’s oldest continuous political entity. However, the preceding two hundred years could not have been more different. Named the ‘Warring States Period’, it was characterized by a disunited collection of fractious power-bases, border raids, mass wars, […]

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19
Feb

The wisdom of debate

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Something interesting about Any Questions question on Radio 4 today about the muslim preacher Anjem Choudary; paraphrase, ‘should someone who represents small extreme view be given airtime?’ (UK link here, overall show link here). The debate was interesting for the thing it lacked, IMHO. He was given an interview on the popular Radio 4 morning […]

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05
Dec

Driving the wrong point? UK Gov ‘Think!’ drink drive campaign

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The UK Department for Transport’s airing it’s THINK! drink drive advert again. It’s good, but is it focusing on the right area?. Ahead of tonight’s TV airing Department for Transport I picked up a promo tweet […]

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25
May

Mirror mirror on the wall

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Back in the mid 1930’s Kurt Lewin described behavior as a function of the situation – as something we do based on what others’ are doing. We herd. Today, on reading that, most of us shrug uninterestedly. But at the time it ran counter to […]

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18
May

Bin recycling: communications

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It’s all very well talking about how you can change recycling behaviour by adjusting the bins, but what if you’ve got only paid-for media space at your disposal? Changing behaviour by broadcasting to millions should be more efficient. But as Lord Leverhulme […]

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11
May

Bin recycling: behaviour

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Recycling paper in offices is such an old story you’d think we’d have it nailed by now. We haven’t. In my experience recycling bins in offices create only one type of behaviour; passive-aggressive all-staff notes […]

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04
May

The media informs our choice in way they don’t realise. (And nor do we.)

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Like you, I am a fair-minded, considerate, person. The news I read, the stories I engage with, the information I glean is considered, compared, and compartmentalized against my existing understanding, which is itself, considered […]

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