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Public event: The ethics of government behaviour change programs - Peter Singer and Kym Peake


Date Wednesday 18 July 2018
Time 6:00 pm AEST
Venue The Hotel Windsor - Bourke Room, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne
Cost Free - please note, this event has sold out

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The ethics of government behaviour change programs: A conversation with Peter Singer and Kym Peake

Governments are expanding their toolkit on ways to influence our behaviour in positive but subtle ways.

Techniques tested by behavioural scientists underpin campaigns encouraging us to improve our health, save the environment and make the world a safer and more equitable place.

They may be well-intentioned, but are there ethical limits to using these behaviour change techniques? Is nudging citizens for their own good considered manipulation or an obligation? Are there some techniques that should never be used, and where exactly, do we draw the line?

Join world-renowned philosopher, Professor Peter Singer, and the Secretary of Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services, Kym Peake, as they discuss and debate whether governments have the right, or the obligation, to change our behaviour for our own good and if so, what tools are appropriate.

This very special event will be moderated by Associate Professor Liam Smith, Director of BehaviourWorks Australia - Monash Sustainable Development Institute's behaviour change unit.

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