Michael Blastland is a writer and broadcaster. Before turning freelance, he was at the BBC, where he created the More or Less programme
on Radio 4. He continues to present The Human Zoo
(about behavioural science) and recently wrote and produced the 10-part History of Britain in Numbers
. He teaches, speaks and advises widely on statistics and communication, including: executive leadership at Oxford’s Said Business School; medical risks, data journalism and creativity at the BBC Academy; doctoral statistics and operational research at Lancaster University; government and business. He has written two books about numbers: The Tiger that Isn’t
with Andrew Dilnot, and The Norm Chronicles: stories and numbers about danger
with Professor David Spiegelhalter.
Tuesday 8 April: Guest speaker
The Design of Evidence...
Can information design make us smarter? A vast part of the evidence about policy, the economy, social change, business – you name it – comes in numbers. But this evidence is bedevilled by problems of statistical inference. Can innovations in data presentation and visualisation help us avoid the worst mistakes and add insight? Using animation and wide-ranging examples, Michael will ask if solutions to some of the trickiest problems when using evidence from data are within our grasp.