Episodes

Maddie Croucher on Behavioural Science for Fundraising

May 7, 2022

How can charities use Behavioural Science to be more effective at fundraising? It’s a question a number of listeners have asked me to explore; either because they work for charities or because they want to help their favou…

David Loseby on Behavioural Procurement

April 30, 2022

What does behaviour have to do with procurement? On the face of it, not much. But as my guest on this episode David Loseby explains, behind every procurement and supply chain operation, there are human beings involved in th…

Professor Don Moore on Decision Leadership

April 23, 2022

What makes a good leader? When we think of leaders, we often imagine lone, inspirational figures lauded for their behaviours, attributes, and personal decisions. However, leaders also have an impact on the way people around…

Wendy Lambourne on Legitimate Leadership

April 15, 2022

What distinguishes a good leader from a bad one? My guest on this episode, Wendy Lambourne is a proponent of Legitimate Leadership — the idea that to have real power, leaders need to have legitimacy. Not by dint of being…

Sam Tatam on Evolutionary Ideas

April 8, 2022

When we need to solve problems, we often think we need to develop new ideas. But what if that were wrong? On this episode, I’m joined by Behavioural Science practitioner Sam Tatam whose new book Evolutionary Ideas shows …

Professors Melissa Rorie & Benjamin van Rooij on Measuring Compliance

April 2, 2022

How do we measure the effectiveness of Compliance programs? It sounds like a simple question, but it is actually hard to answer. And it's not just a challenge facing Compliance Officers. If you work in Ethics, Risk or e…

Michael Bartlett on Dark Patterns

March 26, 2022

Ever had a terrible customer experience? Of course, you have. They’re very common. But why? My guest Michael Bartlett has just written a book on the dark side of customer experience - in other words, the processes that comp…

Jessie Singer on Why There Are No Accidents

March 19, 2022

Why might an innocuous-sounding word we all use, result in a social injustice? The answer is: when that word is ‘accident’. It’s something we hear all the time. “Sorry, it was just an accident” or “there’s been a traffic ac…

Professor Todd Kashdan on The Art of Insubordination

March 12, 2022

Why might insubordination be a good thing? Normally when we use that word, it’s seen as a negative. 
But there’s an alternative interpretation, where insubordination is seen as a positive, constructive challenge to tradition…

Daniel Ross talks a load of BS

March 10, 2022

What should you listen to when you’ve heard the entire Human Risk podcast back catalogue? I'm glad you asked. Because one of the aims of the show is to explore ideas, stories and people that can help to inspire us to think …

Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia on The Politics of Business

March 3, 2022

Why should businesses get involved in politics? Traditionally companies have tried to avoid getting involved in political issues, because remaining apolitical, means you avoid offending anyone. But in the 21st century, the…

Nicole Smith-Ludvik on Skydiving & Stunts

Feb. 26, 2022

What drives people to follow careers that involve dangerous activities like skydiving & stunts? My guest is Nicole Smith-Ludvik, a professional skydiver and stuntwoman. Last year, Nicole starred in two incredible advertisem…

Ben Knowles on Risk Compensation in Cycling

Feb. 22, 2022

Why would a bicycle delivery company ban its riders from wearing helmets? Depending on where you're reading this, you'll either think it's normal — hello, for example, to my Netherland's based listeners 🇳🇱 — or irresponsibl…

Jared Bibler on Iceland's Secret

Feb. 18, 2022

Why is something that happened in Iceland in 2008 still of relevance today? The answer is revealed by my guest Jared Bibler. He's the author of a book called 'Iceland's Secret: The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Con'. …

Professor Camilla Andersen on Comicbook Contracts

Feb. 11, 2022

How can comic books reduce human risk? We've all seen airline safety cards that use imagery to communicate complex messages in a simple to understand way. So why couldn't we use that same logic for legal contracts? That's …

Dr Zoe Chance on Influence

Feb. 6, 2022

How can we become more influential? That’s a question that fascinates my guest on this episode, Dr Zoe Chance. She teaches a course on it at Yale and has just published a new book called Influence Is Your Superpower: The …

Gill Kernick on The Grenfell Tower Disaster — Part Two

Jan. 27, 2022

This episode is the second part of my discussion with Gill Kernick about the Grenfell Tower Disaster and the broader lessons we can draw from it. In the previous episode, Gill and I talked about Grenfell. I recommend li…

Gill Kernick on The Grenfell Tower Disaster — Part One

Jan. 21, 2022

What can we learn from the UK's largest residential fire since World War Two, in which 72 people died? The Grenfell Tower disaster happened in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, one of London's wealthiest areas. As a…

Nick Wallis on The Great Post Office Scandal

Jan. 15, 2022

How did the Post Office deliver one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British history? My guest Nick Wallis, is a journalist and radio presenter who has written a book called The Great Post Office Scandal which ex…

Dr Sarah Tischer on Sustainable Compliance

Jan. 7, 2022

What does Sustainability have to do with Compliance? On this episode, I’m speaking to a Compliance innovator that has combined both. Dr Sarah Tischler is Head of Compliance for NKG, the world’s largest coffee trading comp…

Sebastian Boo on Kindness

Jan. 2, 2022

What is kindness and why does it matter? One of my New Year's resolutions for 2022 is to be kinder to others. So, in this episode, I'm learning more about what being kind means — spoiler alert, it doesn't mean always being…

Alex Chesterfield & Ali Goldsworthy on Depolarisation

Dec. 28, 2021

Why do we live in such a polarised world and what can we do to minimise the dynamic? On this episode, I’m joined by Alex Chesterfield and Ali Goldsworthy, two of the co-authors of a book called Poles Apart - Why People Tur…

Béatrice Otto on Fools

Dec. 19, 2021

What do fools have to do with managing human risk? On the face of it, they’re likely to be a driver, rather than a solution. But when we use the term to describe in the context of court jesters, then the answer might be ve…

Josh Berry on Comedy, Satire & Impressions — Part Two

Dec. 15, 2021

This episode is the second part of my discussion with comedian & impressionist Josh Berry. If you haven't yet listened to the first part, I recommend you do that, before listening to this. You'll find Part One here:...