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The New Obama Narrative

For the first two years of his administration, President Obama had no overriding narrative, no frame to define his policymaking, no way to make sense of what he was trying to do. As of his 2011 State of the Union Address, he has one: Competitiveness. The competitiveness narrative is intended to serve a number of […]

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The “New Centrism” And It’s Discontents

There is no ideology of the “center.” What is called a “centrist” or a “moderate” is actually very different — a bi-conceptual, someone who is conservative on some issues and progressive on others, in many, many possible combinations. Why does this matter? From the perspective of how the brain works, the distinction is crucial. Because […]

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Collaborative Consumption – Breaking the Consumer Frame

We are in the midst of a major paradigm shift in economic transactions.  No longer must consumption be treated as an individual act.  Emerging social technologies are enabling the foundational human capacity for sharing to break down the consumer transaction frame and replace it with a community-based capitalism that Rachel Botsman calls “collaborative consumption”. Watch […]

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Thom Hartmann on the “Becking” of America

In order to challenge the rise in violent rhetoric in America, we need to label it in a concrete and memorable way. Chip Berlet presents an attempt to do this in The Becking of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. This interview with Thom Hartmann explains the term and challenges the false frame of equivalency that attempts to […]

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Learn How Propaganda Works: The Giffords Shooting

A tragic event unfolded this weekend in Tuscon, Arizona when a political assassination attempt was made on the life of Representative Gabrielle Giffords.  Several innocent people were killed and many more were injured.  Our hearts go out to the victims. We have been watching events unfold and looking for patterns that can help explain what […]

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Unleashing the Crowd of Progress

A few weeks ago, we reached out to the community of progressive activists with a business proposition that seems mundane on the surface.  We asked for $5000 to be commissioned to write a strategy handbook for the progressive movement in the United States. Thirty days later we reached this target and set to work. The […]

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