Americans who think global warming is happening outnumber those who think it is not by more than 5 to 1

Nov 16, 2017, Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2017, by Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Connie Roser-Renouf, Seth Rosenthal, Matthew Cutler and John Kotcher. Filed under: Beliefs & Attitudes Executive Summary This report from the Yale Program on Climate and Communication documents an upward trend in Americans’ concern about global warming, as reflected in several key indicators tracked since 2008, including substantial increases in Americans’ certainty that global warming …

The Ohio Employee Ownership Center has retained or created 15K jobs at a cost of just $772 per job.  Other states have similar centers.  Every state ought to have one!

At Fifty by Fifty, we just published an op-ed about employee ownership in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel as well as Madison’s Capital Times. The fact that Madison is the capital matters, because it means the piece probably floated around the halls of the Capitol building the Monday after it ran. I wanted to share the story of how we at The Democracy Collaborative (TDC) pulled …

Conservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change. So now what? One more round of “messaging” won’t do it.

Updated by David Roberts @vox.com  Nov 10, 2017 Shutterstock When it comes to climate change, US conservatives inhabit a unique position, as part of the only major political party in the democratic world to reject the legitimacy of climate science and any domestic policy or international agreement meant to address it. Instead, the GOP is working actively to increase production and consumption of fossil fuels and to …

Storytelling and climate change communication resources

Seeing is Believing: A Guide to Visual Storytelling Best Practices How Storytelling is at the Heart of Making Social Change Framing Stories for Change Story-based Strategy 101 Nov 4 conversation: recording & summary Georgetown Climate Center: Adaptation Equity Portal Planning to Win: The Just Enough Guide for Campaigners Center for a New American Dream: The High Price of Materialism Webinar …

A manifesto for community development (or design thinking and process)

In time Jones turned away from the search for systematic design methods. He realized that academic attempts to systematize design led, in practice, to the separation of reason from intuition and failed to embody experience in the design process. Jones called for the re-introduction of personal judgement, imagination, and aesthetic sensibility into the design process. He came to believe in ‘reversing …

Targeting news and ads to particular recipients on Facebook, Twitter and more, to sway voting

Wired.com 28 Oct 2017, by Issie Lapowsky NEWS THAT CAMBRIDGE Analytica CEO Alexander Nix approached Wikileaks founder Julian Assange last year to exploit Hillary Clinton’s private emails has amplified questions about Cambridge’s role in President Trump’s 2016 campaign. Shortly after The Daily Beast reported Nix’s contact with Assange Wednesday, the Trump campaign’s executive director sought to downplay Cambridge’s role. Michael Glassner said in a statement that …

Good transit allows you to travel when you want and live a freer life

Oct 2017, MobilityLab “Freedom’s Just Another Word for Public Transportation” Not every transit agency can be a superstar communicator like LA Metro. (For the latest evidence of that, don’t miss the system’s new ads that embrace the weird and use a topic as vanilla as “good manners on the train and bus” as a launching pad for reaching a goal of actually getting …

Re-imaging Politics through the Lens of the Commons

By David Bollier, P2P Foundation.  This essay of mine appeared on September 21 at journal-e, published by the 21st Century Global Dynamics website, UC Santa Barbara. The rise of so many right-wing nationalist movements around the world—Brexit, Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, anti-immigrant protests throughout Europe—have their own distinctive origins and contexts, to be sure. But in the aggregate, they are evidence …

On interviewing, interrogating, rapport and not pushing or forcing

Excerpt from an article on the research of Emily and Laurence Alison, in The Guardian, October 2017 “I am asking you these questions because I need to investigate what has happened and know what your role was in these events.” Diola: “No, that’s your job – not your reason. I’m asking you why it matters to you.” The interviewer, who …

Can Cooperatives Build Better Online Tools to Disrupt the Disrupters? Also CiviCRM

P2P Foundation October 6, 2017  by  Michel Bauwens, Republished from Grassroots Economic Organizing (GEO) (3 years ago) One of the key differences between private platforms (platform capitalism) and cooperative platforms (platform cooperatives) lies in how they are designed, by whom, and for whom. Indeed, technology and design, and all the invisible architectures that govern our lives and influence our choices and behaviour, are ‘value sensitive’. This …