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Thu 3 & Fri 4 August 2017

Building a Better Future for Consumers, Advisers and Providers
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From Caves to Actionable Intelligence

Nigel Latta

Human beings have made remarkable progress in the last 50,000 years. In the blink of an eye we’ve gone from stone axes to iPhones which is an astounding achievement. While this means we can now play candy crush on the bus, there are some not so good consequences of trying to navigate an increasingly complex world with brains that evolved for much simpler times. Nigel will explain how all this came about, illustrate some of the more interesting irrational things that we do, and make the case for why we should plan rather than leave the thinking up to our brains in the hope that everything will turn out okay.

About Nigel Latta: Nigel has had a varied and colourful career which spans all the way from a brief episode as a busker in the eighties, to over two decades working as a clinical psychologist, and more recently as an author and documentary maker. In his clinical career, he worked in sex offender treatment programmes, schools, alcohol and drug treatment programmes, prisons, and with many thousands of families. He also consulted with the police, child youth and family, and the prison service. In more recent years he’s written books on both parenting and his work as a forensic psychologist which have now been published in nineteen countries. His television career has included documentaries on subjects ranging from parenting to inequality, sugar, alcohol, antarctic science, and blowing stuff up. In 2012 was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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