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- 10th Sep 2021
British and European Values - are they one and the same?
There is a mismatch between the way we see ourselves and the way we see others
- 7th Sep 2021
Britain Connects: reducing political polarisation and fostering dialogue during national lockdown
When political views become political identities, we see people who agree with us in a positive light - intelligent, selfless and open minded, and people who disagree with us as the opposite.
- 25th Aug 2021
“The Complaints Department”: A dozen years of debate on when and how to nudge
Last week Professor Richard Thaler and Professor Cass Sunstein published Nudge: The Final Edition. As many of our readers will know, BIT was built on the ideas developed and popularised in the original edition, and we have been hugely grateful for the inspiration, energy and guidance Richard and Cass have…
- 19th Aug 2021
The good kind of null? Training village doctors in Bangladesh to fight COVID-19
“Village doctors” are the primary healthcare providers for many Bangladeshis, but their qualifications and expertise can vary considerably. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the role of village doctors has expanded to pandemic preventers and the advice they provide has become a matter of public health. With that in…
- 18th Aug 2021
Active Online Choices: Designing to Empower Users
We worked with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) to explore and demonstrate how to create ‘active' choices; choices where individual users are empowered to better control how they use digital products and services, and have a clear in the understanding of the consequences.
- 3rd Aug 2021
We need your help! We’re looking for the most innovative behaviorally-informed policies in Latin America and the Caribbean
Do you work in the public sector in Latin America and the Caribbean? Have you applied behavioral science to policy problems? If so, we want to hear from you! We are looking for the most innovative public policies in Latin America and the Caribbean. We want to hear from institutions…
- 28th Jul 2021
What if a behavioural scientist redesigned climate negotiations?
In this blog post, we outline a few creative ways behavioural insights could be applied to COP26 in Glasgow – from lead-up, to opening day, to delivery of the conference itself. This is a tongue-in-cheek manifesto of how the conference would look if overzealous behavioural scientists helped organise it.
- 13th Jul 2021
A game of two halves: how football can bring us together or divide us and what we can do about it
Over the last month much of Europe has been caught in a football obsession. As football drew to a crescendo over the weekend (a disappointing one for England fans, ecstatic for followers of Italy), we saw how football can bring us together and divide us. As policy-makers - and fans…
- 29th Jun 2021
Designing a One-Stop Shop on Child Online Safety for businesses
In a 12-month research project for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, we conducted a survey, interviews, workshops and a literature review to explore the behavioural barriers that currently prevent businesses from accessing online information about their child online safety responsibilities. Businesses report the need for a single,…
Sam is an Associate Advisor at BIT Americas based in Washington, DC, where he applies behavioral science to improve state and federal government operations, policies, and programs. Most recently, Sam worked in the University of California, Berkeley's The People Lab, striving to transform the public sector, by producing cutting-edge research on the people in government…