Dirty energy giants censured for false advertising claiming natural gas is ‘Cleanest’ Fossil Fuel

By Farron Cousins, DeSmog Blog  • 14 August 2017  For many years, a standard talking point from the fossil fuel industry and those who speak on the industry’s behalf has been that natural gas is a cleaner alternative to conventional energy sources like coal and oil. This talking point is at least partially responsible for many people — including former President Barack Obama and …

Nuance vs Simple Messages

By Zachary Shahan on Clean Technica, 17 Aug 2017 We’re in the business of communications at CleanTechnica. We have to constantly consider how to communicate in a useful, interesting, and clear way. One topic that comes up practically every day is how to balance simple messages with the extra depth, nuance, and details that create a more complete story. Obsessively exploring this topic …

Better communication

https://www.inc.com/andrew-thomas/one-conversation-killer-thats-easy-to-fix.html One of the biggest realizations I’ve had in my career is also one of the purest: the simple fact that people are drawn to likable people. It’s human nature. People want to do business with people they like. Yet when you look around, you’ll notice that many people don’t make it a priority to learn the habits of likable people. They …

“Millennials don’t just want personal career growth; they expect to make a positive contribution to society … If companies want to attract the best and brightest, they must design ways for employees to make an impact beyond the walls of the company”

By Kelly Pledger Weeks, Harvard Business Review, 31 July 2017  Every Generation Wants Meaningful Work — but Thinks Other Age Groups Are in It for the Money Several years ago, I started getting regular consulting requests from companies seeking help managing Millennials. When I asked what they were struggling with, I heard comments similar to these: “Millennials don’t seem to care about …

The Problem with Solutions—And How to Fix It

5 April 2017 When environmental advocates talk about problems, they sometimes leave out one of the most important parts of the discussion: solutions. This error of omission has significant consequences. When the public isn’t reminded of solutions to social problems or don’t understand how they work, they can become fatalistic and hopeless—and unmotivated to take action or demand change. This …

49 Questions to Ask — Instead of ‘What Do you Do?”

A writer on Medium shared how they are putting on a party that plays with the social contracts we silently obey, to create a new circumstance and awareness for human connection that reaches beyond the “what do you do” question. The new agreements are tea instead of alcohol, contribution instead of money, deep convo instead of work talk, and human …

Telling Is Listening: Ursula K. Le Guin on the Magic of Real Human Conversation

By Maria Popova on Brain Pickings “Words are events, they do things, change things. They transform both speaker and hearer; they feed energy back and forth and amplify it. They feed understanding or emotion back and forth and amplify it.” Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to two parallel possibilities: the …

Funniest illustrations you may see all week, and good advice too!

In a truly beautiful letter to his daughter Yolande, Sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois extolled the virtues of being uncomfortable. Yolande was headed to a new school halfway around the world from the neighborhood and people she knew. It was years before women had the right to vote, and decades before the Civil Rights Movement. Du Bois knew she would have …