Category Archives: economics

Energy efficiency: behaviour, rationality, economics and politics

I had the pleasure of joining some 300 researchers and academics from around the world a couple of weeks ago to discuss the latest thinking on persuading consumers to use less energy.  The BEHAVE2014 conference took place in Oxford at a time when it is increasingly appreciated, by businesses, governments and civic society, that any [...]

Hard choices (BEHAVE 2014 Blog Series, 2/4)

This blog is the second in our series of blogs in the lead up to the 2014 BEHAVE conference. Like the first blog, we’re delving into some of the results of a survey we ran a few months ago that gauged consumer attitudes towards a range of environmental and lifestyle issues. In our survey we asked: ‘How often [...]

Dreaming the future – part four

Alongside the questionnaire FutureFest goers were asked to reflect on what they wanted to be before growing up. Through playing with Lego we explored why participants wanted to be what it was they wanted to be and the barriers and enablers they had encountered along the way. 83 participants took part in our ‘experiment’. Collectively [...]

Dreaming the future – part two

Dreams for the future tend to vary, both in their content and eventually in their accuracy. No-one who grew up in the 80s (and I speak from personal experience) can avoid the disappointment that the legendary hover boards still haven’t made an appearance, despite the fact that the Future – as in “Back to the” [...]

You need to dismantle in order to build the future economy…

What has 23 screws, 15 separate rubber parts, 13 wires, 4 plastic boards, 3 metal plates, 3 unidentifiable objects, 2 microphones and 1 circuit board? These are the ingredients of an old landline phone, obviously! In a Green Alliance conference last week, I took part in a tear down session run by the RSA as [...]