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The psychology of Japanese trains, reimagining Britain's collective identity, data to predict crime & more!

Published Date: 1 June 2018

Each week, the SIX team will be sharing their favourite pieces of reading. The content will be organised thematically, and each piece will tie to work that is currently being undertaken by the organisation. Enjoy!


Sophie Monaghan-Coombs: The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks. (via City Lab, May 2018)


Duncan Collins-AdamsThe new nationalism: Reimagining Britain's collective identity

FutureFest's lead curator, Pat Kane, explores the evolution of nationalism and gives an insight into what we can expect at the event. (via Nesta, April 2018)


Jordan Junge: How the LAPD uses data to predict crime

The Los Angles Police Department is one of dozens of US cities using past crime and arrest data to predict future crime. 'Predictive Policing.' (via Wired, May 2018)

Social innovation labs

Julie MunkThomas Prehn’s innovation diary: What I learned at MindLab

Nine lessons from the director of the world’s longest running lab. (via Apolitical, May 2018)

Civil rights

Duncan Collins-AdamsThe King and Kennedy Assassinations: If the Dead Could Speak (podcast)

Exactly 50 years ago, two assassinations rocked America. The civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King and Senator Robert F Kennedy were murdered two months apart. Michael Goldfarb retells their story and asks their children, grandchildren and close friends about America in those terrible days and America now. (via BBC Radio 4, March 2018)

Artificial intelligence 

Megumi Koyama"Computers aren’t capable of using common sense"

Q&A with journalist and software developer Meredith Broussard.

Civil society 

So Jung RimFrom the industrial revolution to the internet: putting power in people’s hands

Civil society?  We may not use this phrase every day, but it’s at the heart of our everyday lives – from churches to charities, social media to social enterprise, it’s so often where we find community, meaning and purpose. (via Civil Society Future, April 2018)