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Why ethics matter online

Introduction Aristotle was not on Snapchat. We can only speculate about what would have been on Lao Tzu’s Tumblr. And Marcus Aurelius, mercifully, never had to update his Instagram Story. But although the world of apps and social media would have been alien to history’s great ethicists, the converse doesn’t have to be true: ethics […]

December 19, 2017


New Zealand, new Government…

For all the popular commentary about shortcomings of democracy, there is something quite remarkable, and admirable, about a nation smoothly changing its leadership at the behest of its people. Just back from Wellington, where it was a buzz of excitement and meetings, including around BIT’s newest office staffed by Lee McCauley and Veerle Snijders in […]

December 15, 2017


Join us in Australia: new Associate Advisor role

If you are passionate about applying behavioural insights to improve outcomes for individuals and organisations, apply to join us in Sydney as an Associate Advisor. Located in the Sydney CBD, we work in a fast-paced and exciting environment, but have a relaxed and non-hierarchical culture. As an Associate Advisor, you will: Assist in the design […]

December 15, 2017


Behavioural Insights in Australia

In Everett Rogers’s classic text, The Diffusion of Innovations, he argues that it helps that good ideas are effective. But it’s often not quite enough. For innovations to really take hold, they need to have the capacity to be trialled and reinvented in different contexts. People need to be able to test, learn and adapt […]

November 26, 2017


Applying behavioural insights to labour markets

Employment is perhaps one of the areas that can benefit the most from the application of behavioural insights and robust evaluation. From both the supply and demand side of the labour market, small changes can have big effects. Small percentage increase to employment figures can mean substantial wellbeing improvements to citizens and communities, and large […]

November 23, 2017


Behavioural Insights Team opens up in Manchester and Singapore, and expands in Sydney

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), also known as ‘the Nudge Unit’, is opening two new offices in Singapore and Manchester. BIT, the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences, adds these two new offices to its London and New York operations whilst also expanding its existing team in Sydney. The opening […]

July 20, 2016


Behavioural Insights and Healthier Lives: our new report with VicHealth

Public health is about as behavioural as it gets. The leading causes of death are dominated by behavioural and lifestyle factors: smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, accidents, but also more subtle behavioural factors such as how we relate to and support each other. The Australians have long been seen as leaders in public health. They led […]

April 29, 2016


Victoria’s Citizens’ Jury on Obesity

Wow! I’m writing this heading back from Australia, from the citizens’ jury VicHealth have just supported on obesity. It was a very powerful, and moving, process. Having seen the jury in action, it is hard to imagine a future of democracy – and the application of behavioural science to policy – without governments using forums like […]

October 27, 2015


Victoria, Australia, steps up to the Obesity challenge

(Update from David Halpern) A quick report from Victoria Australia, where we are working with VicHealth, before heading back to London tomorrow. The Australians have often led the world on public health measures, so it’s pretty cool to be working with them for the next 2 years, with a special focus on obesity – seen […]

September 12, 2014


BX2014 wrap up

Behavioural approaches are really about “restoring common sense to economics”. These were the provocative words of Richard Thaler – Professor Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and co-author of Nudge – while speaking via video link at BX2014, the world’s first public policy behavioural insights conference, which concluded […]

June 9, 2014