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Over 80% of the UK and US think their country’s divided: our new podcast considers why

When did you last change your mind? We ask leaders what they changed they mind on, why and what they learned. This week, pollster Deborah Mattinson.

The Depolarization Project
14 November 2018
Alex Chesterfield interviewing Deborah Mattinson

Alex Chesterfield interviewing Deborah Mattinson. Image: The Depolarization Project. All rights reserved.

Most people believe our divisions are getting worse not better. It has never felt more important to dig into what’s going on in our minds when our beliefs are challenged, to shine a light on what people experience when they do make a fundamental shift in position.

Deborah Mattinson is one of the UK's respect pollsters – founder of Britain Thinks and and previously adviser to former prime minister Gordon Brown. She talks to us about why people find it so hard to change their mind, and why she found it so difficult to think of a time when she had done so herself.

Changed My Mind is openDemocracy's new podcast, launched jointly with The Depolarization Project. Each week the podcast asks leaders from academia, business, politics and the arts about when they have changed their mind on a substantive policy, social or personal issue, why they did that and what they learned.

Hosting are mobilisation expert Ali Goldsworthy, behavioural scientist Alex Chesterfield and corporate affairs adviser Laura Osborne. Between them, they have 40 years’ experience of looking at what motivates people to take a stand, back a cause, become an advocate or change their behaviour.

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Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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