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What’s your Problem? Simple or wicked?

Not all problems can be solved in the same way! Now, that may seem obvious, but it’s important to recognise what type of problem you face before you try to solve it.  Problem types might range from: “simple”: problems that can be readily defined and where there are often “best” or “right” answers to… “wicked”: problems … Continue reading

Capability, Opportunity and Motivation interact to generate behaviour: the COM-B Model

One of my favourite models for human behaviour change is Dr Susan Mitchie’s Behavioural Change Wheel and COM-B. She created the COM-B model from a 2011 study of peer-reviewed papers on behaviour change. She concluded: “Interventions and policies to change behaviour can be usefully characterised by means of a Behaviour Change Wheel comprising: a ‘behaviour … Continue reading

“Completing Autumn 2019” – don’t you just love Construction Project Plans?

I’ve just walked past a major construction site where the hoardings proudly proclaim the project will be completing in Autumn 2019. How is it possible for a major project that, presumably, has a detailed plan can have a completion date as vague as a whole season? With climate change, can we even be certain what … Continue reading

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