Inspiring Sustainable Behaviour: 19 Ways to Ask for Change

Inspiring Sustainable Behaviour: 19 Ways to Ask for Change

By: Oliver Payne (author)Hardback

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What is the answer to inspiring sustainable behaviour? It starts with a question - or nineteen. With this simple and inspiring guide you'll learn how to ask for persistent, pervasive, and near-costless change by uncovering our hidden quirks, judgmental biases, and apparent irrationalities. The only change you'll need to make is how you ask. Businesses, larger or small, will soon have to cut costs and cut carbon, irrespective of the products they sell, or the services they perform. National government has structural policy and legislative needs, and local government has implementation and documentation needs. Indeed, the new UK government coalition's approach to transport is simply 'cut costs and cut carbon'. Set against this there is an increasing sense that popular culture and popular science are congregating around a desire to understand who we are and how we behave. The recent rise of behavioural economics is a testament to this as well as the relevance of environmental psychology. Allied to this is a sense that big business is forging ahead with plans to account for and mitigate carbon emissions without the marketing and communications departments being able to help or communicate this effectively either through their own efforts or those of their communication agencies. The '19 Different Ways to Ask for Change' offer a solution to all these needs by pulling them together and showing that changing how we ask is near-costless, but its effects could be near-priceless. This book shows that simplification isn't always the solution, an action can be the most successful question, and a default answer can be the most important. It explores why short-term memory tasks change our behaviour, how singing roads regulate speed, and that commitment gaps change outcomes; how our worry-profile is the same as an Argentinean farmer's, why knowledge of what kills you is irrelevant but asking about behaviour that kills is deadly, and what a chimpanzee's tea-party tells us about the effect of ownership on decision-making. This timely book will be of great value to scholars and practitioners whose work relates to reducing carbon emissions with a particular emphasis on environmental psychology, behavioural economics, project design, and psychology. It offers practical solutions for policy makers and professionals in marketing and communications departments.

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Oliver Payne started out in digital marketing in the mid-90's - a few short years after Tim Burners-Lee invented the internet as we know it. He went on to spend over a decade at Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy - two of the biggest agency networks on the planet - creating adverts and innovative communications for some of the world's biggest companies, winning many of the advertising industry's awards, and judging on award shows. At Ogilvy he served as a Partner, and Board member. Frustrated with established marketing practices he decided to set up his own agency - The Hunting Dynasty - to create behavioural communications that use our hidden quirks and apparent irrationalities.


Part 1: The Expected 1. Just Ask 2. Ask Using The Right Words 3. Ask Using The Right Images 4. Ask At The Right Time Part 2: The Unexpected 6. Ask - But Have A Default Option 7. Ask For a Commitment (In The Future) 8. Ask in the Right Order 9. Ask Kinetically Part 3: The Contradictions 10. Add Options 11. Take Away Options 12. Ask Using the Right Authority 13. Ask Using the Right Fake Authority Part 4: The Conversations 14. Let the Feedback Ask the Question 15. Ask Nothing - Other Than to Go Public 16. Ask for it Back Part 5: The Swerves 17. Ask a Different Question 18. Don't Ask (Tell) 19. Make the Question Irrelevant

Product Details

  • publication date: 05/04/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781849714006
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781849714006
  • weight: 498
  • ISBN10: 1849714002

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