Much Ado About Behavioural Insights

How do you teach an old dog new tricks? By subjecting it to experiments, of course. Perhaps the best known experiment in behavioural science – and the oldest trick in the book - is the Pavlov experiment, now considered standard in generating conditioned responses. Nowadays, behavioural economics, behavioural insights, behavioural tech are all the rage.… Continue reading Much Ado About Behavioural Insights

50 Years of Earth Day

Today, April 22, 2020, happens to be Earth Day. Not just any Earth Day, but the fiftieth anniversary. What a time to be commemorating it, right in the middle of a Covid pandemic. That's why the event has gone digital this year, the official website informs us. Speaking of climate change, it is unfortunate that… Continue reading 50 Years of Earth Day

Owl About Words: The Fuss Over a Folk Rhyme

Alright, time for yet another word from the days of yore. More precisely, the eighteenth century word, crinkum-crankum. Do you think it's another way to describe a cranky child or a crotchety old man? Or even an old jalopy that needs to be cranked up, in order to start? Those were certainly the thoughts swimming… Continue reading Owl About Words: The Fuss Over a Folk Rhyme

Women in Crisis: Covid and Beyond

It turns out that the Covid-19 pandemic is a good time as any to discuss gender bias and discrimination against women. Not because more women are at risk from Covid-19; on the contrary, the virus seems to attack more men than women. Not because more women are employed in the healthcare sector that is at… Continue reading Women in Crisis: Covid and Beyond

Writings on the Wall #7: Architecture

Even as the world finds itself in the grip of a coronavirus pandemic, and travel has all but come to a standstill, I thought I'd share my thoughts on what makes cities unique, in their own distinctive way. Architecture. It's one of the dimensions of a city that we admire as visitors. Not just the… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #7: Architecture

Covid-19 and The Big Reset: Owl Wisdom Podcast

As we cope with the world's worst pandemic, I would like you to join me in looking forward to a post-Covid world. In this Covid-19 special edition of Owl Wisdom Podcast, I try to anticipate our future after Covid and examine critical issues that the world must confront together to fight for healthier lives. It… Continue reading Covid-19 and The Big Reset: Owl Wisdom Podcast

Owl About Words: Clog and Dog

Hi. I am starting a new series of blog posts Owl About Words, in place of authors' quotes on books and reading that I have been sharing every month until now. It was prompted by my finding a delightful, old book at my parents' place, called Just Another Word. Written by a British journalist, Ivor… Continue reading Owl About Words: Clog and Dog

Building Brands in the Digital Age

As an advertising and brand communications professional from the days of adverts in column centimetres and VHS tapes and DVDs, I have to admit I am a little overwhelmed in the age of digital and social media communications. For starters, nothing communicates “excess” more to me. The age of the internet is supposed to have… Continue reading Building Brands in the Digital Age