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The Open Think Tank

02

Dec 2016

The Open Think Tank

We recently hosted our first Open Think Tank session, an initiative that brings behavioural science experts and social change leaders together to discuss practical psychologically-focused solutions to some of the challenges the social change leader is currently facing. For our first session, we invited Ruben Hazelzet, an behavioural science practitioner, with a particular interest in the application of social proof techniques. We also asked David Oliphant, an inspiring young social change maker, who is currently focusing on a program called Streetwise that helps homeless folk learn to manage their impulses, curb their drug usage, build basic financial skills and find...

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The Invisible Forces that Shape Our Prejudices

16

Feb 2016

The Invisible Forces that Shape Our Prejudices

Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees This is a statement Guterres recently made during a talk with TED Global’s Bruno Giussani in relation to the refugee challenges that currently exist across the world, particularly in Europe. And he is far from the first person to say it. Guterres convincingly argues that this tendency towards diversity is inevitable, and that any efforts to slow down or prevent it would actually do more damage than good. He offers Donald Trump’s idea of closing the United States’ doors to Muslim refugees as an example. Now, apart from the moral, ethical and reputational...

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Looking Back

10

Dec 2014

Looking Back

I think Jeff Bezos absolutely nailed it when he said ‘you don’t choose your passions, your passions choose you’. It is not something you can just force upon yourself. The complexity of a passion is derived from a multitude of diverse influences from genes to cultural memes, most of which you simply aren’t introspective to, and therefore cannot really ever truly understand or have control over. What this means is that when it comes to your work and productivity, it is no use deliberately trying to force yourself into something that you are not intuitively interested in, just because it...

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The Gravity Student Program

13

Nov 2014

The Gravity Student Program

Earlier in the year we spent a week with the Red & Yellow post-graduate students, teaching them about behavioural economics and social psychology, and how to apply the findings from these fields to marketing, communications and design. It was an incredible experience from our side, and in terms of the feedback we got, it seemed the students thoroughly enjoyed it too. Upon finishing, we felt that there was more we could offer the students, especially from a practical perspective, as the module was largely orientated around the theories, insights and important ideas within the field. This pushed us to set...

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07

Oct 2014

Our Smart Bib on eNCA’s Tech Report

eNCA’s Tech Report recently took the time to chat to us about the Smart Bib we developed for the Big Issue. With all the exciting growth in tech going on in South Africa at the moment, it really feels like a privilege to get the feature. Hopefully it’s the first of many though! See below of the video feature..   How was the article? We appreciate your feedback




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