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Mar 1, 2022

In 2008, Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein published Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness. Since then, nudges have been applied to public policy, healthcare, business and tech.

Today on The Mind Tools L&D Podcast, Gemma, Ross G, Ross D and Sean look at how nudge theory can be applied to workplace learning. We discuss:

  • What nudge theory is
  • How understanding learner context helps us identify nudges
  • Criticisms of nudge theory.

The book we based most of this discussion on has just been revised. Check out the latest version of Nudge here: 

We also referenced Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman:,_Fast_and_Slow 

We mentioned Dan Pink's Drive: 

And Deci and Ryan on 'Self Determination Theory': 

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In 'What I Learned This Week', Ross G discussed The Book of Boba Fett, now streaming on Disney+. For more on spinning space stations, you nerds, check out: 

And Gemma discussed her experience of Julie Drybrugh's Write Nights: 

Julie joined us to discuss writing back in episode 278. You'll find that episode in this podcast feed.

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