The GNI is a behavioral assessment instrument primarily intended for use with workgroups in any type of organization. While originally conceived as an observation form, trying to pinpoint key social interaction behaviors, our “inaugural” paper describes it as a self-rated form. …


A recent paper (Carvalho et al., 2020) summarizes the lack of progress in finding biomarkers for mental disorders, despite substantial funding. I commented on @robinfondberg’s tweet about the paper by saying that it would have been more useful to put that money towards disseminating and implementing evidence-based prevention.

Robin questioned…


Today the Public Health Agency of Sweden updated their recommendations to reduce risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. They want all individuals, organizations and businesses to follow these recommendations. But large scale behavior change initiatives usually require more than mere information to be effective.

Maybe we could improve adherence to…


Since early 2017 I’ve been using a simple tool to work with groups in various ways. This is partially based on the ACT Matrix since it fills a similar function and has mostly replaced it when I work with group development. It is also influenced by my work with the…


I’ve done a lot of leadership trainings during the last 8–10 years, and I have thought a lot about whether they actually make a difference or not. How do we disseminate relevant skills in an efficient way that results in lasting behavior change?

There is a book chapter by Joyce…


I recently started reading a book titled “Complexity and the Art of Public Policy: Solving Society’s Problems from the Bottom Up” (Colander & Kupers, 2014). Complexity science was introduced to me as a field when I came into contact with my friend Joe Brewer at an ACBS conference in Seattle


This is not a text on how you should be conducting your work day in order to be efficient. If you are looking for that, Dan Ariely has some concise advice. This is about my personal challenges in keeping a lot of threads together and trying to create the sense…


It seems I will be writing a series of posts giving some context to my current project, building on the things briefly mentioned in my previous post. …


Yesterday I started a new phase in my life. I am taking up a position as a PhD candidate in Oslo for the coming three years, and substantially scaling down my consulting work and other commitments. During the last two years I have been running two research projects while working…


Some weeks ago, I wrote a brief letter to Lego about my concerns regarding their increased focus on conflict based play:

This is something I have long thought about writing. A few days ago, I stumbled upon a recent study (Bartneck et al, 2013) that finally got me going. The…

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