Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

Thinking: Keep It ADAPTIVE Stupid

Here’s the transcript of my talk to Nudgestock which was held a few weeks ago. I was hoping to do it in London where it’s normally held, but in the world of COVID it migrated online and acquired for itself … Continue reading

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Introducing a new author at ClubTroppo – Antonios Sarhanis

Some of you may have noticed a Twitter account called ‘Sarhanis‘. In any event, Antonios Sarhanis is its proprietor and we got to talking on Twitter and discovered that we shared various maladies. He’s interested in philosophy but pretty unimpressed … Continue reading

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What works: getting to the land of ‘how’: Complete essay

Note, this essay was published in three parts in the Mandarin and is published in consolidated form (complete with its footnotes) here. It is impossible to remember, until one gets in the country … that they care about their experiment … Continue reading

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Markets as ‘causal spread’: How the early neoliberals anticipated embodied cognition – Michael Polanyi fragment

Here is the second fragment on early neoliberalism. The previous post being on Hayek, this one is on Michael Polanyi. Both built their approach to the world upon their abhorrence of the Soviet Union – which was unfashionable at the … Continue reading

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What works: getting to the land of ‘how’: Part Three

The final third part of this essay – cross-posted at The Mandarin, only here with footnotes. New ways of institutionalising know-how Given governments’ evident failure in rising to the challenges of the third way, it’s not surprising that there are … Continue reading

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What works: getting to the land of ‘how’: Part Two

Cross-posted from The Mandarin In this second instalment of his three-part series, economist and forward thinker Nicholas Gruen explains more of why it is so important to understand the ‘how’ of getting things done. From the commanding heights to everyday … Continue reading

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Never let a crisis go to waste: covid-19 and democracy (Guest post from Luke Slawomirski)

Dear Troppodillians, please welcome Luke Slawomirski to Troppo. I first met Luke at the OECD where I gave a paper on public-private digital partnerships with a particular focus on health policy. Luke was an Australian health economist working there and … Continue reading

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