Behaviour change beats policy creation

Over the past few months I’ve become increasingly interested in behaviour change programmes. I’m currently reading a paper that explores how consumers can be encouraged to take up energy efficient products or otherwise reduce their energy consumption. I thought the below quote was worth reposting as it succinctly points out the key benefits of behaviour change over other processes. Continue Reading…

Ukrainians, Iranians and uranium

In a life gone by, I wrote a paper exploring the effect that a nuclear-armed Iran would have on the Middle East. Specifically whether it would spur a bout of proliferation in the region, strengthen Hamas and Hezbollah, or cause Iran to disrupt oil shipping. In that paper I made three key arguments (there were a few others, but for brevity’s sake)… Continue Reading…

Xapo: bringing Gringotts to bitcoin

Earlier today I came across this blog on the FT covering the $20million investment in cold storage provider Xapo. For the uninitiated, that makes Xapo the bitcoin equivalent of Gringotts Wizarding Bank. They hold your gold (bitcoins) in an underground maze (a mountain), under the watchful gaze of goblins (armed guards) and with only one key to allow you into your vault (a hefty password). Continue Reading…