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We spoke to teenagers about tech: this is what they told us

The debate about technology and ethics has recently taken on a new intensity in media and policy circles. Teenagers’ use of smartphones and social media, and the impact on their mental health and wellbeing, is rarely out of the news. This debate, however, often paints an over-simplified and sensationalised picture. Teenagers’ use of technology is […]

September 20, 2018


Antimicrobial Resistance and BI – What’s Next?

In their book “Super-bugs, the arms race against bacteria”, William Hall and colleagues highlight that an estimated 1.5 million deaths a year are attributable to drug resistant bugs caused by antimicrobial resistance (AMR). They describe AMR as “a truly global problem that has the potential to affect every person on the planet”. Indeed, a great […]

July 3, 2018


BX2018 – Onwards to the next frontier

Every annual conference faces the challenge of pushing beyond the previous year’s terrain. With its tagline, ‘New Frontiers in Behavioural Insights,’ BETA’s Behavioural Exchange 2018 took this challenge head on. So our Sydney, Singapore, and Wellington teams headed to BX this week with great excitement, and weren’t left disappointed. Without trying to boil the ideas […]

June 28, 2018


80% of success in life? Showing up

As the saying goes, 80% of success is showing up*. And the same is true in public services. Every day, millions of people across the globe don’t show up for hospital appointments, school, job fairs, and so on. It might be as little as a few minutes or hours out of someone’s day, but these […]

May 30, 2018


BX2018: Diverse approaches to improving gender diversity

This is the first in a series of blog posts in the lead up to the Behavioural Exchange 2018 conference in Sydney. It continues the ongoing conversation that we, as a global organisation, have been having about diversity, and the role Behavioural Insights can play in improving gender equality. To talk about our recent work […]

May 21, 2018


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