The Honest Truth about Dishonesty: RSA Animate Version

Here’s another great, short video (11 mins long) using research and animation to bring ethical issues to life.

Here’s the text about it from the RSA, who put this together:

“Are you more honest than a banker? Under what circumstances would you
lie, or cheat, and what effect does your deception have on society at

Dan Ariely, one of the world’s leading voices on human motivation
and behaviour is the latest big thinker to get the RSA Animate
treatment. Watch the short video here. (It’s also embedded below)

Taken from a lecture given at the RSA in July 2012 . Watch the longer talk here

Interestingly, Ariely says encouraging more honesty is in about two simple things: Constant reminders and financial incentives.

So more of a management issue than a values issue? Possibly. Hard to prove that when you look at his samples and research methods.  (I’m not saying they are not good, just that none are perfect)

More likely it’s both: Values and culture set in place those regular, constant reminders, whilst financial systems and incentives help improve the system itself. Makes sense to me.

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