Newsletter

Every two weeks, a new Behavioural Science powered Human Risk Newsletter hits subscriber inboxes. Featuring the finest in lovingly-curated content, it’ll make you more knowledgable about BeSci and better able to manage Human Risk.

Registered subscribers receive it first, so to subscribe and ensure you never miss a single edition, click on the button below. Scroll down for the archive.

Prefer Twitter? No problem. There’s a Human Risk Twitter feed right here.

Newsletter Archive

Previous editions of the newsletter are available below with links to individual articles.

LiveStream Edition

1. An ill-considered Instagram live-stream isย Human Risk in action;

2. A selection of Coronavirus (๐Ÿฆ ) related Human Risk themed stories;

3. A Cognitive Bias that is prevalent under ๐Ÿฆ isย Something that made me think;ย and

4. Two books and some podcast episodes are myย Staying In Recommendations

Don’t Be Silly Billy Edition

1. The story of a civilian passenger being ejected from a fighter jet is Human Risk in action;

2. A selection of Coronavirus (๐Ÿฆ ) related Human Risk themed stories;

3. A ๐Ÿฆ ”viral” video is Something that made me think; and

4. A TV show, a movie and some podcast episodes are my Staying In Recommendations

Fluid Landscapes Edition

1. Recent Coronavirus (๐Ÿฆ ) stories that illustrate Human Risk in action;

2. Some BeSci explanations behind the emotions we’re all experiencing;

3. Research into Behaviour Change as a result of ๐Ÿฆ is Something that made me think; and

4. A Netflix series, a new BeSci book and some podcast episodes are my
Something for Staying at Home recommendations

Sign At The Top Edition

1. Recent Coronavirus stories that illustrate Human Risk in action;

2. Research into prompting honesty is Something that made me think; and

3. Podcast episodes are my Something for Self Isolation recommendation

Workplace BS Edition

1. More on how COVID-19 is providing yet more examples of Human Risk in action;

2. Research into BS in the Workplace is Something that made me think; and

3. A Netflix reality show is my Something for the weekend recommendation


Viral Edition


1. The spread of COVID-19 provides a number of examples of Human Risk in action;

2. The way in which an airline communicated a delay to passengers, illustrates how a simple BeSci Intervention can change how a target audience perceives an unavoidable situation they might not like;

3. Research that explores how disruptive business models are more likely to result in unethical behaviour is Something that made me think; and

4. A BeSci podcast is my Something for the weekend recommendation

Sales Commission Edition

1. A report investigating a near-miss on the railways is a perfect case study for Human Risk in action;
 
2. A Bank’s attempts to increase payment security is a prime illustration of a poorly designed BeSci Intervention;

3. Research that explores how salespeople can justify selling things they know aren’t in their client’s best interests is Something that made me think; and

4. A book that explores how generalists can thrive in a specialist’s world is my Something for the weekend recommendation.


Five-Aside Soccer Edition

1. Human Risk in action with yet another false alarm – this time at a Canadian nuclear facility;
 
2. A 5-aside soccer manager takes his role a little too seriously in a terrible BeSci Intervention that arguably increases, rather than decreases, Human Risk;

3. Research into what drives people to do the wrong thing is Something that made me thinkand

4. An Oscar-nominated movie is my Something for the weekend recommendation.

Snow Edition

1. Human Risk in action from Korea where a false alarm almost sparked troop deployments;
 
2. A Police Chief’s use of Social Media is a great example of a smart BeSci Intervention;

3. Research that shows we’re somewhat sheep-like in our choices is Something that made me think; and

4. BeSci-fuelled recommendations to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions are my Something for the weekend  recommendation.

Festive Edition

A special Festive Edition of the newsletter containing more light-hearted content than usual…

Mr Spock Edition

1. Human Risk in action courtesy of a CEO who presided over a toxic culture;
 
2. How the Bank of Canada, misjudged a BeSci Intervention;

3. Research into risk is Something that made me think; and

4. A story of highly sensitive government documents that went missing on an overnight train is my Something for the weekend recommendation.

Graphical Literacy Edition

1. Human Risk in action courtesy of an insurance company CEO;
 
2. How BeSci Interventions are helping to reduce plastic bag usage in Chicago;

3. The Bus Ticket Theory of Genius is Something that made me thinkand

4. A book that can help us better understand charts is my Something for the weekend recommendation.

Discount Burger Edition

1. A Burger King promotional error that cost $8.3million is Human Risk in action;
 
2. How BeSci Interventions are helping to reduce plane boarding times;

3. Research that explores how people are increasingly using social media to diagnose their own medical conditions is Something that made me think; and

4. A new BeSci podcast is my Something for the weekend recommendation.

Abbey Road Edition

1. A burst water pipe in New Orleans illustrates Human Risk in action;
 
2. A BeSci Intervention that re-works a classic album cover shows how easily our attention can be diverted away from one thing onto another;

3. A blog that explores maps is Something that made me think; and

4. A book that explores bias in datasets is my Something for the weekend recommendation.

Serendipity Edition

1. The story of a Nobel Prizewinner helps illustrate Human Risk in action;

2. Ignoring the role that luck plays in outcomes is a common Cognitive Bias;
 
3. A BeSci Intervention that helps us avoid the trap of free trials that require credit card details;

4. In a polarised world, projects that bring people with opposing views together are Some things that made me think; and

5. The recently launched Human Risk Podcast contains an interview with an academic that has hugely influenced my thinking. The podcast and his book are my joint Something for the weekend recommendation.

WeWork Edition

1. WeWork gives us a prime example of Human Risk in action;

2. An art project explores the dangers posed by the ways in which Artificial Intelligence is influenced by Cognitive Biases;
 
3. A BeSci Intervention to support dementia sufferers;

4. Research into Codes of Conduct is Something that made me think; and

5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that explores risk.

Coffee Spillage Edition

1. A plane that had to make an emergency landing showcases Human Risk in action;

2. Reactions to a warning siren failure illustrates a common Cognitive Bias
 
3. An art museum uses smart BeSci Interventions to increase visitor engagement and make visits more memorable;

4. A game that helps train people to spot potential sources of Fake News is Something that made me think; and

5. A new book that explores the importance of the Messenger is my Something for the weekend recommendation.

No Need To Fly Edition

1. A cheating Chess Grandmaster illustrates Human Risk in action;

2. Driver reactions to a Google Maps error illustrate how Cognitive Biases can sometimes let us down; 
 
3. An advertising campaign that smartly deploys a digital BeSci Intervention;

4. Interesting research on boredom might sound like an oxymoron, but is Something that made me think; and

5. Hitting a musical note is the Something for the weekend recommendation.

Crowdsourced Photo Edition

1. A College education scandal is Human Risk in action;

2. A browser plug-in that highlights potential Bias in news websites; 
 
3. A simple BeSci Intervention that helps a heritage society to crowdsource photographs;

4. A newsletter exploring unintended consequences is Something that made me thinkand

5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast called Spectacular Failures.

Noisy Hand Dryer Edition

1. A London Underground incident report provides a valuable lesson on responding to Human Risk in action;

2. Cognitive Biases that explain the proliferation of fake news, conspiracy theories and hyperpartisan content on social media; 
 
3. A simple BeSci Intervention that helps people navigate their way around a city;

4. Research by a 13-year old is Something that made me think; and

5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that looks at the nefarious forces influencing the world we live in.

Swiss Aerobatics Edition

1. An amusing planning error by the Swiss national aerobatics display team illustrates Human Risk in action;

2. Good News! A Cognitive Bias which brings out the worst in us might not be as prevalent as initially thought; 
 
3. A BeSci Intervention that uses data from New York’s Transit Authority helps improve customer satisfaction;

4. Research on a highly effective crime-prevention technique is Something that made me think; and

5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a compelling new Netflix documentary.

Vegas Parking Ticket Edition

1. A cancelled festival and a fire at a record label provides a double dose of Human Risk in action in the music industry;

2. I highlight a common Cognitive Bias by looking at how pilots react to tales of near-misses;
 
3. A BeSci Intervention from Las Vegas that encourages people to pay their parking fines;

4. Research into whether complex rules are more likely to be broken is Something that made me thinkand

5. My Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that looks at the astonishing failures behind the construction of an airport in Berlin.

Election Edition

1. An Economist’s unfortunate choice of words is an example of Human Risk in action;

2. A pollster who didnโ€™t believe his own poll illustrates an important Cognitive Bias;

3. A supermarket uses a BeSci Intervention to discourage people from using plastic bags with interesting results;

4. UK broadcasters keep making unfortunate mispronunciations of a high profile politician’s name. Why it happens is Something that made me think; and

5. A cartoon that explains how to present detailed information is my Something for the weekend recommendation.

Theranos Edition

1. The Eurovision song contest provides a case-study of Human Risk in action;

2. A US chatshow segment illustrates some Cognitive Biases;

3. A Netflix employee develops a lovely BeSci Intervention by re-designing an everyday object

4. An academic paper written by someone who was hijacked is Something that made me think; and

5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend a podcast, book and movie on the subject of Theranos.

Hindsight Edition

1. A costly order-taking error in a restaurant that became a masterclass in managing the aftermath of Human Risk in action;

2. A Taylor Swift inspired Cognitive Bias;

3. A BeSci Intervention that uses emoji to promote cybersecurity;

4. Research that explores why fitness trackers and habit changing Apps that use “streaks” to encourage us might not be such a good idea, is Something that made me think; and

5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend a book that explores how BeSci can provide creative solutions to life’s problems

McMistakes Edition 

1. A prime example of Human Risk in action at Boeing;

2. In the Bi-weekly Cognitive Bias I highlight the power of a technique called Re-Framing; 

3. A BeSci Intervention I really like called McMistakes, courtesy of the Golden Arches;

4. Some research on BullSh1tt1ng is Something that made me think; and

5. In Something for the weekend, I recommend an exhibition of World War II propaganda posters.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Edition

1. What the Notre-Dame cathedral fire can teach us about“Human Risk in action”;

2. In the Bi-weekly Cognitive Bias, I highlight something that makes us susceptible to believing conspiracy theories; 

3. A BeSci Intervention from Le Monde newspaper that is a prime example of sludge;

4. In Something that made me think, I explore when weโ€™re likely to overestimate our abilities and when weโ€™re likely to underestimate them; and

5. The Something for the weekend recommendation is a podcast that helps Californians prepare for an earthquake. It’s more relevant to you than you might think.

Launch Edition

  1. Human Risk in action courtesy of British Airways;
     
  2. Why rules can sometimes make things less safe than rule-makers might intend;
     
  3. a BeSci intervention from the World Wildlife Fund that encourages us to use less paper;
     
  4. some academic research that highlights a simple way we can improve our chances of sticking to commitments; and
     
  5. a new book on the Science of Storytelling that reveals much about how we process information.

Back to top

Archive Index

22. ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ’ฐ Sales Commission Edition 11 February 2020

21. โšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ 5-Aside Soccer Edition 21 January 2020

20. โ„๏ธโ„๏ธ Snow Edition 7 January 2020

19. ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„ Festive Edition 23 December 2019

18. ๐Ÿ––๐Ÿ––Mr. Spock Edition 12 December 2019

17. ๐Ÿ“Š๐Ÿ“– Graphical Literacy Edition 26 November 2019

16. ๐Ÿ” ๐ŸงพDiscount Burger Edition 12 November 2019

15. โ›ช๏ธ๐Ÿ›ฃ Abbey Road Edition 29 October 2019

14. ๐Ÿ€ ๐ŸงงSerendipity Edition 14th October 2019

13. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ–ฅ WeWork Edition 1st October 2019

12. โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ Coffee Spillage Edition 17th September 2019

11. โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿš… No Need To Fly Edition 3rd September 2019

10. ๐Ÿคณ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ“ธ Crowdsourced Photo Edition 20th August 2019

9. ๐Ÿ”Š๐Ÿ™Œ Noisy Handdryer Edition 6th August 2019

8. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญโœˆ๏ธ Swiss Aerobatics Edition 21st July 2019

7. ๐ŸŽฐ๐Ÿš˜ Vegas Parking Fine Edition 8th July 2019

6. โœ…โœ… Election Edition 25th June 2019

5. ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ’‰ Theranos Edition 10th June 2019

4. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘€ Hindsight Edition 27th May 2019

3. ๐Ÿ”โ—๏ธMcMistakes Edition  13th May 2019

2. โ›ช๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Notre-Dame Cathedral Edition 29th April 2019

1. ๐Ÿš€ ๐Ÿ“ฐ Launch Edition 15th April 2019

Back to top

All original content on these pages is fingerprinted and certified by Digiprove