Episodes

Professor Olivier Sibony on Why we all make Mistakes and how to avoid them.

Sept. 1, 2020

Why do even the smartest and most savvy business people make mistakes? It's not because they're stupid. Instead, it's because of the way our brains work. That's what Professor Olivier Sibony, my guest on this episode, explor…

Barbara Freese on Denial - how large companies undermine social trust in Science & Democracy

Aug. 26, 2020

On this episode, I explore the concept of denial; something we know is bad on an individual level. But what happens when denial takes place on an industrial scale? That's literally what my guest on this episode Barbara Free…

Kelly Peters on Bringing Scientific Thinking to Business

Aug. 24, 2020

How can we use creativity to solve complex business problems? That's what Kelly Peters, my guest on this episode does. Kelly is the CEO and co-founder of BEWorks, a purpose-driven company whose goal is to transform society…

Paul Orlando on Unintended Consequences or why we sometimes don't think things through

Aug. 21, 2020

Why do things often not turn out the way we planned them? That's what my guest, Paul Orlando is interested in discovering. In his blog 👉https://unintendedconsequenc.es/ Paul explores Unintended Consequences and what he cal…

Radio Host Iain Dale on Radio, Politics & Polarization

Aug. 19, 2020

"Why Can't We All Just Get Along?" is a question that we've probably all asked at some point in recent times. And it's one that my guest on this episode, Iain Dale, seeks to answer in his brand new book which has that as it…

Dan Kaszeta on 'No Go Zones', Internet Trolls & Nerve Agents

Aug. 13, 2020

What would you do if someone made false allegations online about your home city? Would you go into battle on social media? You would if you're my guest on this episode. Dan Kaszeta was so annoyed by the suggestions that his…

Neil Clark on Managing Human Factors in Safety-critical industries

Aug. 11, 2020

In industries where human error can be the difference between life & death, how can we manage Human Risk? The answer is Human Factors, a specialism that blends Behavioural Science & Psychology into operating processes, to e…

Hanna Thomas Uose on why video calls don't give us Zoom Fatigue, but rather Zoom Trauma

Aug. 8, 2020

You’ve heard of Zoom Fatigue. But what about Zoom Trauma? It sounds extreme, but an article by my guest on this episode Hanna Thomas Uose suggests that this is precisely what we’re experiencing. I was so intrigued by what…

Dr Todd Haugh on the Behavioral Aspects of Ethics & Compliance

Aug. 6, 2020

As the risks of failing to comply with regulations & ethical standards increase, how can we ensure that employees do what we want them to? This question underpins my whole Human Risk mission; if we see it as an exercise in …

Raphael Honigstein on the Psychology of Football

Aug. 3, 2020

What can we learn about Human Risk from Football? Or Soccer for my US listeners? On this episode, I speak with Raphael Honigstein. Rapha is a sports journalist who covers football (soccer for US listeners) for several medi…

Andrew Blackie on the Human Risk lessons from Aviation Safety

July 28, 2020

What can we learn about Human Risk from industries, like aviation, where the consequences of errors are matters of life & death. That's a question my guest this time, Andrew Blackie, is more than qualified to answer. He's a…

Benoît de Fleurian on preventing anti-social behaviour

July 26, 2020

How can we stop people from engaging in anti-social behaviour? That's not usually a question you'd ask someone from a marketing agency. But it's precisely the kind of problem that Benoît de Fleurian, my guest on this episo…

Aline Holzwarth on Digital Healthcare

July 24, 2020

How can Behavioural Science help get better healthcare outcomes? That's the topic I'm exploring with my guest Aline Holzwarth. She's a Behavioral Scientist working in digital healthcare. Aline is also the founder of Beh…

Dr Grace Lordan on Privilege & Cognitive Diversity

July 16, 2020

What is Privilege? It's a word that's being used very frequently, but what is it, why is it undesirable and what can we do about it? All questions that my guest on this episode, Grace Lordan, helps me answer. We also explo…

Michael Kuckein on managing local customs & practices that clash with global rules

July 14, 2020

What happens when a global organization has policies & procedures that clash with local customs & norms? The answer is that you risk non-compliance. Which is where Cultural Compliance comes in and it's the topic of my conv…

Matt Edwards on Creative Risk & Marketing

July 11, 2020

On this episode, I speak to Matt Edwards an expert in marketing. Matt has over 25 years of experience in the industry, having begun his career as a graduate at Saatchi & Saatchi and then becoming CEO of Creative Agency WCRS…

Sexologist Dr Jill McDevitt on what preventing HIV can teach us about preventing COVID

July 8, 2020

Very often, when we're trying to solve a problem, we can find the answer in a previous one. So as we try to get people to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID, what might we learn from the techniques used to prevent th…

Professor Anu Bradford on The 'Brussels Effect' & Regulating The Internet

July 7, 2020

On this episode, I speak with Professor Anu Bradford of Columbia Law School about the subject of her new book, The Brussels Effect. This is the idea that the EU wields far more influence on global affairs than might first s…

Dr Sarah Eaton on Ethics In Academia

July 3, 2020

On this episode, I speak to Dr Sarah Eaton, an Assistant Professor at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. She specialises in educational leadership, academic integrity, language learning and educa…

Ben Cohen on the 'Hot Hand': the Mystery & Science of Streaks

July 1, 2020

Have you ever found yourself 'on fire' — not literally (I hope!) — but in terms of being on good form? On this episode, I speak to Ben Cohen, the author of "The Hot Hand: The Mystery and Science of Streaks". Ben is a sports…

Gerald Ashley on Uncertainty & how it impacts our decision-making

June 28, 2020

On this episode, I'm speaking to Gerald Ashley who specialises in Business Risk and Decision Making. His work concentrates on trying to understand decision making, risk-taking and human behaviour, in the face of uncertainty…

Dr Amy Bucher on using design to help change behaviour

June 26, 2020

How can Behavioural Science help with design? On this episode, I speak with Dr Amy Bucher who is the VP of Behavior Change Design at Mad*Pow, a purpose–driven strategic design agency in Boston She's the author of a new book…

Professor Charles Spence on Sensory Perception

June 18, 2020

On this, the 50th episode of the podcast, I'm speaking with Professor Charles Spence who heads the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University. He is interested in how people perceive the world around them. In part…

Dr Nick Hobson on Behavioural Science: what is it? Is it just BS? Why does it matter?

June 12, 2020

On this episode, I speak with Dr. Nick Hobson of The Behaviorist. Not only does he hold a PhD in Behavioral Science, but he's also the host of a wonderful podcast. In our discussion, we explore (to paraphrase the name of h…