Friday, December 19, 2008

Are simple heuristics slogans?

  • Don't let the bullies win: in government, in business, in international relations, wherever.
  • Trust people to make their own decisions as much as possible.
  • Don't ignore long-term costs: they can be harder to get right, but greener options might be huge cost-savers in 50 years time.
  • Don't ignore long-term benefits: goodwill can lead to unexpected solutions.
  • Devolve power: turn postcode lotteries into postcode choices.
  • Help stakeholders and experts formulate policy.
  • Tax what's bad, not what's good.
  • Don't make the poor pay proportionately more for the State than the rich.