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Michael Blastland

Michael BlastlandMichael has given many public and private lectures and presentations to a wide range of audiences, from book clubs of no more than a dozen people, to private organisations and business, professional groups and sell-out public events of 300-plus. Previous engagements include:

Royal Society of Arts, Healthcare Commission, BBC Business and Economics Unit, BBC creative leadership, Glasgow University, London School of Economics, Annual Conference of Medical Statisticians, The Royal Statistical Society, Wellcome Foundation, Institute of Public Relations, SAS business analytics, Scottish Executive, Young Statisticians, Care Quality Commission, Department for Business, Department of Health , Local Authorities Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA), Social Services Research Group (SSRG), Office for National Statistics (ONS), AQMeN, and various book festivals.

Michael also runs frequent seminars for the BBC in either creative or numerate thinking and analysis, for both senior editorial leaders and programme makers, and for new journalists. He also runs ad-hoc seminars in statistical communication for postgraduate students and in journalism. 


“Brilliant. The best feedback we’ve had.” BBC College of Journalism.
“Excellent. Challenging. Sets people talking.” Healthcare Commission.
“Brilliant. Amazing speaker. Such enthusiasm and passion.” Young Statisticians.
“Fantastic feedback, everyone left on a high.” Local Authority Research Group
“Inspiring.” Social Services Research Group
“A mad genius” BBC editorial leadership feedback.
“Inspirational. I wish I could bottle what he has.” BBC creative leadership.
“Just excellent.” UK Evaluation Society.
“Wow! Really top quality speaker who had given a lot of thought about
tailoring his presentation to the audience in front of him.” Audit Commission.

His subjects include all areas of argument that use data and numbers, in the news, in politics and in life, from the economy and public spending to business performance and healthcare, crime, education and climate. He is particularly interested in data and storytelling, data presentation (including animation), evidenced-based policy, the history of public spending and taxation, trends in policy, choice in public services and in public understanding and media use of numbers.


Video Links

Crime Date, Technology, and Crime Reporting; Media Trust Society / BBC College of Journalism, 22.03.2011

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 michael blastland and david spielgelhalter - risk