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Why the Democrat’s Response to the Pledge Has Been Inadequate

The Democratic response to the Republican Pledge to America has been factual about its economics. The September 26, 2010 Sunday New York Times editorial goes through the economic details, and Democrats have been citing the economic facts from the Congressional Budget Office. As Dan Pfeiffer reports on the White House blog, the Republicans are proposing: […]

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Why Are Conservatives Targeting Muslims? And Why Now?

Now that the so-called Ground Zero Mosque controversy is slipping off the front pages for the first time in weeks, it’s time to ask: Just what the hell was all that about, anyway? Why was it so important that we had to spend all that time discussing it? And why are the conservatives taking out […]

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My Top Ten Powerpoint Strategies

You may be wondering what cognitive policy is and how it can be made practical in the real world.  The introduction we’ve written does a nice job of defining it, but it may help to get concrete and see good cognitive policy in action.  So I’d like to share some of the underlying values, conceptual […]

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Release of the Common Cause Report

We are pleased to announce the release of a very important report that takes significant steps forward in bringing frame analysis, values, and aspects of identity to the advocacy world.  A joint effort was undertaken by our partners in the UK — the World Wildlife Fund, Climate Outreach and Information Network, Campaign to Protect Rural […]

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Responding to Climate Skeptics ‘Change Argument’

While many concerned activists waver between terms like ‘global warming’ and ‘climate change’ the opposition deflects them easily with the Change Argument.  The Change Argument is the claim that climate has always changed, so why bother worrying that it is changing now.  This is the “Duh, don’t be an idiot” position that makes a lot […]

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The Cry for Democratic Moral Leadership and Effective Communication

If you have not read Drew Westen’s outstanding piece, “What Created the Populist Explosion and How Democrats Can Avoid the Shrapnel in November”, on the Huffington Post, Alternet, and other venues, read it immediately. Westen states as eloquently and forcefully as anyone what he, I, and other progressives have been saying from the beginning of the Obama administration. I agree fully with everything he says. But …

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The Functional Unit of Social Change

Last week, forty-six people gathered in Seattle to learn about How to Bring About Large-Scale Behavior Change. In this workshop we set about designing campaigns for social change armed with knowledge from the cognitive and behavioral sciences. Participants explored the emotional foundations of morality and experienced the nuances of human decision-making. Armed with this knowledge, […]

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