What drives us?

What drives us?

Drive by Daniel Pink draws on the tradition of behavioural economics and psychology to argue that business has not caught up with what we now know…

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Intrinsic motivations

Intrinsic motivations

I’ve just finished reading Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirky as it relates to some work we’re doing at Nesta on…

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Boiling Frogs

Boiling Frogs

If you’ve ever wanted a clear explanation of what went wrong in the lead up to the financial crisis you need look no further than Freefall by…

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The future of work

The future of work

I’ve been fascinated by work and books theorising the changing nature of work since I started my PhD on work and poverty in 1998. Since…

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Times they are a-changin

Times they are a-changin

Nothing tells you how fast things are changing more than reading a book written only a few years ago about how fast things are changing….

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A manifesto for the social sciences

A manifesto for the social sciences

Both Bad Science by Ben Goldacre and The Geek Manifesto by Mark Henderson make a strong case for standing up for rigorous science and the…

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Trains, planes but definitely not automobiles

Trains, planes but definitely not automobiles

I really look forward to a train or plane journey for the opportunity it gives me to catch-up on reading uninterrupted (thank God for bad…

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What to read on jury service

What to read on jury service

Not whilst in court I hasten to add. I’d heard all sorts of things about jury service, including how much time there would be sitting…

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Why start a ‘Reading Project?’

Why start a ‘Reading Project?’

The title of this blog is a homage to The Happiness Project which inspired me to think about what I really love doing and that’s…

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