‘Nudging’: the very antithesis of choice

Originally published on Spiked. However, the results of an investigation by the National Health Service’s Organ Donation Taskforce released in November found that while people do support donation, there is little evidence to suggest that a presumed consent system would result in more available organs (1). Instead, the taskforce concluded that what matters most is Continue Reading

Changing the meaning of ‘change’

UK prime minister Gordon Brown’s bedtime reading this year has included a book called We-Think: Mass Innovation, Not Mass Production, by Charles Leadbeater – a man familiar to many in British government and policy circles, since he previously worked in Tony Blair’s 10 Downing Street policy unit (1). He is also the author of numerous books, Continue Reading

Leonardo made limited

In his new book Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies, design guru Ben Shneiderman calls upon us to consider Leonardo da Vinci’s achievements in combining mastery of art with scientific exploration. Leonardo da Vinci is Shneiderman’s muse for thinking about how to innovate with technology and humanity in mind. Shneiderman, who has been Continue Reading