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Changed My Mind

17 EpisodesProduced by The Depolarization ProjectWebsite

Changed My Mind is The Depolarization Project’s podcast, hosted by Alex Chesterfield, Laura Osborne and Ali Goldsworthy. We ask guests to tell us a substantive issue they have changed their mind on, why and what they have learned from it. We work with global media outlet Open Democracy to bring this… read more

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Joseph Marks on positive discrimination

November 1st, 2019


Social psychologist, rising star at UCL & MIT, and author of new book Messengers on why he’s changed his mind (several times) on positive …

Sonia Sodha on disagreeing with her younger self about student funding

October 21st, 2019


Chief Leader writer at The Observer and The Guardian, Sonia Sodha was very active in the campaign to make higher education free. Fifteen years on, …

Flattery and leadership with Jeff Pfeffer

July 26th, 2019


Jeff Pfeffer once wrote that leaders often made little difference to a company, now he thinks they can. We talk about why telling people to be authentic is terrible advice and how flattery helps change people's minds …

Admitting you got it all wrong about online education with Prof Sarah Soule

May 9th, 2019


Stanford Professor and expert in protest movements on how she performed a total u-turn on the value of online learning. From thinking it was never …

Hanging like a bat with Carwyn Jones

March 20th, 2019


Carwyn Jones, the former First Minister of Wales talks leadership, why he switched his position to be in favour of another referendum on the UK's membership of the EU and what chastisement of children is reasonable.

You don't always need to be nice with Prof Maggie Neale

March 4th, 2019


World renowned negotiations expert Stanford's Professor Maggie Neale talks about becoming comfortable with conflict, learning that you don't always need to be nice and the importance of owning a dog.

Nandos, teaching and the limits of capitalism with Dr Marcia Chatelain

February 21st, 2019


Georgetown University's Dr Marcia Chatelain takes it to a meta level with us. We talk about her work looking at the relationship between race and fast food in the States, why people don't own up to mistakes and how she …

Changing your behaviour is easier than changing your mind with Steve Martin

February 13th, 2019


When are people more likely to change their minds? Steve Martin, one of the world's leading experts on behaviour change and persuasion talks about the limitations of information in influencing people. 

Getting women into politics

January 17th, 2019


Former UK Government Minister Jo Swinson MP talks about gradually changing her mind on how to get more women into politics, the experiences and …

Derek Black on why he left the White Nationalist movement

January 10th, 2019


Derek Black was one the US White Nationalist movement's rising stars. But in his early 20s Derek changed his mind and now actively campaigns against …

The science behind changing minds with Professor Tali Sharot

January 3rd, 2019


Tali Sharot, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London and best selling author of The Optimism Bias and The Influential Mind

A changing view on devolution with Craig Beaumont

December 24th, 2018


Small-business guru and UK lobbyist, Craig Beaumont, talks to us about his changing views on devolution, whether he’s an a-typical thinker and the …

The influence of the internet on democracy with Peter Gabriel

December 13th, 2018


Singer, songwriter and renowned humanitarian activist Peter Gabriel questions his previous belief in the power of the internet to do good for democracy.

When your mum challenges you on abortion with Shannon Downey

December 5th, 2018


One of America's leading activists Shannon Downey on how her mum made her rethink her views on abortion, the impact of a being woken up by a bullet …

Julia Margo: Why get married?

November 27th, 2018


Business leader, former think-tanker and journalist Julia Margo talks about her radical volte-face on marriage. We explore - and question - the value …

The Value of Testing with Jonathan Haidt

November 20th, 2018


World leading moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt on his changing view about the value of testing on children. We also discuss his latest book, The …

Why People Change Their Minds with Deborah Mattinson

November 13th, 2018


Over 80% of people in the UK and US think their country is divided. Most of them believe our divisions are getting worse not better.   Changing that demands that we dig into what’s going on in our minds when our beliefs …

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