How do you effectively communicate electric transport (rEVolution Summit Presentation)

By Zach Shahan, Originally published on CleanTechnica, 5 June 2017 I gave a presentation in March in Amsterdam (Holland) at EV-Box’s 1st annual rEVolution summit. When creating my presentation, I decided to dive into a theme that I’ve been increasingly compelled to focus on — how do you communicate electric transport to “outsiders” in the most effective way? Electric vehicle (EV) technology is going to …

Pop-up schools teach about truth and system change. 80% of the world getting by on 5% of its wealth.

Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the Trump Era. By Chuck Collins posted Jun 12, 2017, Yes! Magazine More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the Sojourner Truth School for Social …

Lobbying kids with a pipeline to the classroom: how big oil promotes fossil fuels to America’s children

By Jie Jenny Zou This story was a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and StateImpact Oklahoma, a reporting project of NPR member stations in Oklahoma.  Oklahoma legislators have also championed bills requiring educators teach “both sides” of those scientific concepts.  Documents show how tightly woven group of pro-industry organizations target impressionable schoolchildren and teachers desperate for resources, preying …

How to win the war on science

Macroscope, 12 June 2017 Share a Bold, Inclusive Vision. First, science supporters must articulate a clear choice about the future that all Americans can relate to. Not something abstract, which only scientists care about — like levels of research funding, or pressures on scientists. This needs to be something everyone can appreciate. Do we want to be the America that embraces science …

Instead of expecting people to understand climate change, reframe the problem entirely and talk about pollution or sensible risk policies or health

“Believe In Climate Change” The Way You Believe In Gravity OR reframe the problem entirely and talk about pollution or sensible risk policies or health By Michael Barnard, Clean Technica, 10 June 2017 There’s a problematic question in journalism and science communication. Various people are asking journalists to stop asking politicians whether they “believe in climate change” and to start …

Leading for Well-being: it’s time to become leaders ourselves! To dream (and organize) bigger: to address climate change and inequality on a deeper, structural level

By L. Hunter Lovins, Spring 2017.  It’s time to become leaders ourselves, to dream (and organize) bigger: to address climate change and inequality on a deeper, structural level. It’s time to re-think work and security and the value of life. To reject blind pursuit of growth. It is time to build an economy that provides well-being to all—people and species—rather than …

How to not suck at design: a 5 minute guide for the non-designer

From Medium:  Good design principles can be learned and exercised by anyone. This guide will give you a basic knowledge of practical design tips you can apply today (and impress your design friends). If you don’t believe you can learn design, just remember what our legendary friend David Eric Grohl said about learning new things: I never took lessons to play …

The “big hush” and other maps showing what Americans really think about climate and the transition before us

New York Times, 21 March 2017, excerpt by Nadja Popovich, John Schwartz, and Tatiana Schlossberg Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion …

Take care about moral outrage, say psychologists; it can be self-serving

A cleansing fire: Moral outrage alleviates guilt and buffers threats to one’s moral identity Zachary K. Rothschild, Email author, and Lucas A. Keefer  25 February 2017, DOI: 10.1007/s11031-017-9601-2 Rothschild, Z.K. & Keefer, L.A. Motiv Emot (2017). doi:10.1007/s11031-017-9601-2 Why do people express moral outrage? While this sentiment often stems from a perceived violation of some moral principle, we test the counter-intuitive possibility that moral outrage at third-party transgressions …