Our final day of meetings in London began with a walk through the picturesque streets of the historic city to the office of the Behavioural Insights Team where we spoke with Tiina Likki and Sophie Davis. We were thrilled to learn about the inception of the Behavioural Insights Team in 2010 and how they have grown to include offices on both sides of the Atlantic. We were fascinated to learn about the psychological, sociological and anthropological lenses that the team use to inform every policy angle.
After our chat with the Behavioural Insights Team, we jumped on the London Underground and resurfaced back up onto the bustling streets of Oxford Circus to Broadcasting House, the iconic home of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Everyone was in awe as we entered the building to see the newsroom that can be seen on televisions worldwide. During our visit, we toured the many floors of Broadcasting House with World Tonight Planning Editor, Marie Helly, and had the opportunity to sit down with Royal Correspondent Peter Hunt, Digital Editor, Nick Sutton and Caroline Hawley who touched on everything from the Royal Family to the complexities of news coverage in our world today.
After departing the BBC, we had the opportunity to exploring the lively surroundings of Oxford Circus before heading back onto the tube to the Department for Exiting the European Union. Here we spoke with the team about the many angles of Brexit and the many issues and complexities that go along with it.
We want to thank Kevin McGuran, British Consul General in Toronto and Director General for the Department of International Trade Canada, Mathieu Blandford, Political and Public Affairs Officer at British Consulate General in Toronto and Shivarni Sharma-Dixit and the rest of the team from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London for creating such a wonderful itinerary which made our trip to London so educational and memorable. Thank you and cheerio!