'Empowerment' v Presumed irrationality?
- Politicians & their staff
- Campaigns & Public affairs professionals
- Entrepreneurs & investors
- Bloggers & journalists
- Social media specialists
Behavioural economics and psychology is beginning to provide a new ‘grammar’ for policy-makers.
Politicians would get shot for saying that they regard the public as ‘irrational’. Yet this assumption is the one that fashionable wonks from both the left and right are starting from when they use the kind of persuasive tools found in the best-selling ‘Nudge’ to frame public policy.
Can a government that adopts approaches from behavioural economics be trusted to be serious about any kind of participative politics? Are the two oil-and-water opposites? Or is it more complicated than that?
Warren will outline the problem, and tentatively suggest solutions.
Warren Hatter devised and runs With The Grain. He uses insights from behavioural economics and behavioural psychology, to help local authorities and public health professionals work out how to encourage ‘desired’ behaviours in a way that is more ‘with the grain’ of human nature.
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A series of meetups and short talks at which people with ideas on political innovations can mix with technical experts, journalists, bloggers, politicos and others with an interest in politics and public affairs to grow and promote innovative projects.
About the Political Innovation Translation Layer events
Many of the key actors in political life – elected representatives, tabloid newspapers, lobbyists - have been shaken by new demands for transparency in recent years. The world of think-tankery is next.