Episodes

Professor Todd Kashdan on The Art of Insubordination

March 12, 2022

Why might insubordination be a good thing? Normally when we use that word, it’s seen as a negative. 
But there’s an alternative interpretation, where insubordination is seen as a positive, constructive challenge to tradition…

Daniel Ross talks a load of BS

March 10, 2022

What should you listen to when you’ve heard the entire Human Risk podcast back catalogue? I'm glad you asked. Because one of the aims of the show is to explore ideas, stories and people that can help to inspire us to think …

Dr Joe Zammit-Lucia on The Politics of Business

March 3, 2022

Why should businesses get involved in politics? Traditionally companies have tried to avoid getting involved in political issues, because remaining apolitical, means you avoid offending anyone. But in the 21st century, the…

Nicole Smith-Ludvik on Skydiving & Stunts

Feb. 26, 2022

What drives people to follow careers that involve dangerous activities like skydiving & stunts? My guest is Nicole Smith-Ludvik, a professional skydiver and stuntwoman. Last year, Nicole starred in two incredible advertisem…

Ben Knowles on Risk Compensation in Cycling

Feb. 22, 2022

Why would a bicycle delivery company ban its riders from wearing helmets? Depending on where you're reading this, you'll either think it's normal — hello, for example, to my Netherland's based listeners 🇳🇱 — or irresponsibl…

Jared Bibler on Iceland's Secret

Feb. 18, 2022

Why is something that happened in Iceland in 2008 still of relevance today? The answer is revealed by my guest Jared Bibler. He's the author of a book called 'Iceland's Secret: The Untold Story of the World's Biggest Con'. …

Professor Camilla Andersen on Comicbook Contracts

Feb. 11, 2022

How can comic books reduce human risk? We've all seen airline safety cards that use imagery to communicate complex messages in a simple to understand way. So why couldn't we use that same logic for legal contracts? That's …

Dr Zoe Chance on Influence

Feb. 6, 2022

How can we become more influential? That’s a question that fascinates my guest on this episode, Dr Zoe Chance. She teaches a course on it at Yale and has just published a new book called Influence Is Your Superpower: The …

Gill Kernick on The Grenfell Tower Disaster — Part Two

Jan. 27, 2022

This episode is the second part of my discussion with Gill Kernick about the Grenfell Tower Disaster and the broader lessons we can draw from it. In the previous episode, Gill and I talked about Grenfell. I recommend li…

Gill Kernick on The Grenfell Tower Disaster — Part One

Jan. 21, 2022

What can we learn from the UK's largest residential fire since World War Two, in which 72 people died? The Grenfell Tower disaster happened in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, one of London's wealthiest areas. As a…

Nick Wallis on The Great Post Office Scandal

Jan. 15, 2022

How did the Post Office deliver one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British history? My guest Nick Wallis, is a journalist and radio presenter who has written a book called The Great Post Office Scandal which ex…

Dr Sarah Tischer on Sustainable Compliance

Jan. 7, 2022

What does Sustainability have to do with Compliance? On this episode, I’m speaking to a Compliance innovator that has combined both. Dr Sarah Tischler is Head of Compliance for NKG, the world’s largest coffee trading comp…

Sebastian Boo on Kindness

Jan. 2, 2022

What is kindness and why does it matter? One of my New Year's resolutions for 2022 is to be kinder to others. So, in this episode, I'm learning more about what being kind means — spoiler alert, it doesn't mean always being…

Alex Chesterfield & Ali Goldsworthy on Depolarisation

Dec. 28, 2021

Why do we live in such a polarised world and what can we do to minimise the dynamic? On this episode, I’m joined by Alex Chesterfield and Ali Goldsworthy, two of the co-authors of a book called Poles Apart - Why People Tur…

Béatrice Otto on Fools

Dec. 19, 2021

What do fools have to do with managing human risk? On the face of it, they’re likely to be a driver, rather than a solution. But when we use the term to describe in the context of court jesters, then the answer might be ve…

Josh Berry on Comedy, Satire & Impressions — Part Two

Dec. 15, 2021

This episode is the second part of my discussion with comedian & impressionist Josh Berry. If you haven't yet listened to the first part, I recommend you do that, before listening to this. You'll find Part One here:...

Josh Berry on Comedy, Satire & Impressions — Part One

Dec. 10, 2021

What can comedy teach us about human decision-making? That’s something that my guest on this episode Josh Berry, knows all about. He’s a comedian, impressionist and satirist — though as you’ll hear on the episode, he’s not…

Christian Harris on Slips, Trips & Falls

Dec. 4, 2021

How can we prevent people from falling over and injuring themselves? What sounds like a simple challenge, is actually a major issue. In a normal year, over 300,000 people in the UK alone have to go going to hospital after sl…

Colin Pereira on reporting in fragile environments

Nov. 27, 2021

How can we manage risk and keep people safe in fragile environments? My guest Colin Pereira is Director at HP Risk Management, a consultancy that assists media organisations operating in challenging environments. Since the …

Mary Shirley on Women In Compliance

Nov. 21, 2021

How can diversity help make Compliance functions more effective? My guest, Mary Shirley is a compliance professional who has been working to promote women in compliance. She’s the co-host of The Great Women in Compliance p…

Pete Dyson on making transport more human

Nov. 10, 2021

How can we make transport more human? On this episode, I'm exploring the human risk dynamics of transport — both from the perspective of the traveller, but also from the perspective of those who run and design transport net…

Professor Ian McCarthy on the business of being counter-intuitive

Oct. 23, 2021

How can counter-intuitive thinking help us to make better business decisions? It’s something that Professor Ian McCarthy explores in his research. Ian has been on the show before, talking about his research Into workpla…

Dane McCarrick on Home Advantage

Oct. 16, 2021

What impact do crowds have on football ⚽️games? Is there such a thing as 'home advantage'? It's a question that is of interest to those of us who watch the sport, but also to non-sports fans because it helps us to understand…

Michael Walford-Williams on Ethical Hacking of Human Controls

Oct. 9, 2021

How can we assess the level of human risk we’re running in a control framework? Unlike technology, humans aren’t always reliable and how they behave under pressure may well be different to how they behave in normal situatio…