Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing

Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing Meeting hosted by Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ), Jemez, New Mexico, Dec. 1996 Activists meet on Globalization On December 6-8, 1996, forty people of color and European-American representatives met in Jemez, New Mexico, for the “Working Group Meeting on Globalization and Trade.” The Jemez meeting was hosted by the Southwest Network for …

Highlighting the pride people will feel if they take good actions may be a better way to change environmental behaviors

A lot of pro-environmental messages suggest that people will feel guilty if they don’t make an effort to live more sustainably or takes steps to ameliorate climate change. But a recent study from Princeton University finds that highlighting the pride people will feel if they take such actions may be a better way to change environmental behaviors. Elke U. Weber, …

Crucial Conversations Quotes

“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” — Albert Einstein Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson “this is the first principle of dialogue—Start with Heart. That is, your own heart. If you can’t get yourself right, you’ll have a hard time getting dialogue right.” “In fact, with experience and maturity we learn …

LA City Councilpeople want climate turnaround, emergency action, city department

Jan 18 2018 The La Tuna fire of September 2017 was the biggest Los Angeles had seen for 50 years Pic: By Scott L from Los Angeles, United States of America – 1_E1C9469, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link) By Megan Darby Four Los Angeles city council members are calling for emergency funds to set up a department for climate action. Citing recent devastating wildfires in California, linked to global …

Selling the vision for transit and pooling

Car companies sell a dream, where cars literally represent the American dream. In these ads, the car itself is freedom. It allows you to find your true self, your dream self where you drive fast, you go into the mountains and nothing stands between you and panoramic vistas. In the city version of your car-commercial-dream-self, you skid around corners on empty streets …

Climate myths are contradictory or contain reasoning errors. A guide to countering industry lies

  Researchers propose deploying strategy in classrooms and on social media to teach people how to “neutralize” misinformation.  By Jessica Corbett, staff writer, Common Dreams, 6 Feb 2018 Also in The Guardian Climate myths are often contradictory – it’s not warming, though it’s warming because of the sun, and really it’s all just an ocean cycle – but they all seem to share one …

“Connect with what matters to your audience” and “tell a human story” says IPCC

Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a handbook to help its members better communicate the findings of a new IPCC report, due out later this year. The handbook, based on the science of science communication, lays out six principles that scientists can use to explain the complexities of climate science. These tips include “connect with what matters to your …

Study of non-human animals demonstrates exchange of different kinds of favors, a core human competency

“This result indicates that reciprocal trading among non-human animals may be much more widespread than currently assumed. It is not limited to large-brained species with advanced cognitive abilities,” says Manon Schweinfurth, in Science Daily Researchers of the University of Bern have shown for the first time in an experiment that also non-human animals exchange different kind of favours. Humans commonly …

Telling people-centered stories and heroes’ journeys about climate change is critical

Originally published on Nexus Media. By Jeremy Deaton “You have to invent a compelling story. It’s all about story.” The Hero’s Journey is the basis for a number of popular films, from Toy Storyto The Matrix to The Lion King to The Lord of the Rings. Not every movie using this structure has been your typical summer blockbuster. Some films cast in this mold have tackled difficult issues like poverty …