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The UK’s new Industrial Strategy: a modern foundation for economic growth

Traditionally, Industrial Strategy conjures images of furnaces and molten metal. In turn, the language of economic policy – productivity, innovation, competitive advantage, regulation – hardly sparks the imagination. Today’s launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper should help shift these perceptions. The Strategy is formed around five foundations (ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment, […]

November 27, 2017


The first Briton to give away £1bn

This week saw a quiet, private celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Gatsby Foundation. In case you haven’t heard of it, Gatsby is the charity through which David (Lord) Sainsbury has given away over £1bn. He was the first Briton ever to pass this threshold. Set up when he was just 26, the Foundation […]

November 17, 2017


How flexible working can improve gender equality in the workplace

Today is Equal Pay Day – an annual reminder of gender inequality in the workplace. While attention rightly tends to focus on the pay gap between men and women, there are a number of issues that impact differently on employees depending on their gender. One of those is flexible working. Half of UK employees would […]

November 10, 2017


Global funders back Applied, first spin out from the Behavioural Insights Team

We are delighted to announce that Applied, the online recruitment tool spun out from the Behavioural Insights Team, has successfully raised funding which will enable it to scale its operations worldwide. Applied started as a project within BIT, when we began to change our internal hiring practices in line with latest research. We discovered that […]

November 8, 2017


About that extra hour: how Daylight Saving Time affects our behaviour

For those of us who have ever had a bad night’s sleep, it probably won’t come as a surprise that how well rested we are affects our behaviour. In Scarcity, for example, reductions in cognitive power are put in the context of a lost night of sleep. But what about the impact of much smaller […]

October 30, 2017


Thriving at work: how to improve our mental health and productivity

Today sees the publication of the Thriving at Work report, commissioned by the Prime Minister. It was co-authored by Paul Farmer, CEO of MIND, and Lord Dennis Stevenson, businessman and entrepreneur, who has also been open about his own battles with mental health. At a celebration hosted by Dennis yesterday evening to thank all those […]

October 26, 2017


Test+Build for Charities: a new tool to support volunteering and fundraising

It’s been three months since we launched Test+Build, our venture that helps organisations design their own interventions informed by behavioural science and then test them with a randomised controlled trial. We’re currently working with 5 organisations on issues such as tax compliance to get trials up and running. Now we’re excited to launch a new […]

October 26, 2017


Congratulations to Richard Thaler, winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in economics

This morning it was announced that the 2017 Bank of Sweden Prize for Economics in memory of Alfred Nobel (also known as the Nobel prize in economics), has been awarded to BIT’s long-time friend and colleague Richard Thaler. We are totally delighted for him, and for the field. Richard is the third behavioural scientist to win […]

October 9, 2017


How to nudge yourself: Think Small now in audiobook

We wrote Think Small because we recognised that many of the core ideas used by the Behavioural Insights Team to develop public policy could be used by all of us to achieve our personal and work goals. Think Small is a framework that sets out seven steps that any of us can take to achieve […]

September 26, 2017


Behavioural Science Executive Education Programme – register your interest now

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and Warwick Business School (WBS) have launched an Executive Education Programme. We think it’s one of the first programmes of its kind – a collaboration between an academic institution and BIT that combines a deep dive into the academic literature with a practical focus on solving real world problems. The […]

August 17, 2017