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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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Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy

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