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Why Most Pollsters Are Delusional (And Often Dangerous!)

Be wary every time a pollster tells you that they are measuring public opinion.  They are probably delusional and possibly even dangerous. Just look at the abysmal state of U.S. politics or the environmental movement and you’ll see what I mean.  Everywhere there are charlatans who claim they have “measured public opinion” because they conducted […]

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Strategic Framing of the Red “Equality” Square

This week the Supreme Court is considering a case about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and legal protections granted to same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is now legally recognized.  This is a watershed moment in US cultural history and internet activists are doing their part to make a collective […]

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Getting Good Ideas to Spread

This article was co-authored by Joe Brewer and Lazlo Karafiath Pick any of the great challenges confronting humanity today and ask yourself “Is the quality of public discourse good enough to address it?” You’ll find that for every single issue — be it global warming, resource depletion, chronic poverty, or what have you – the […]

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Climate Meme Project Update – Gathering and Analyzing Memes

Go here to help crowdfund this vitally important project! Thanks to all of you who have shared your memes with us so far!  We are gathering climate memes on Facebook and Twitter (by using the #climatememe hashtag) and encourage you to get involved and bring us the memes you don’t want us to miss! We […]

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Finding Frames for Global Poverty

I am excited to announce the release of a new report written by Andrew Darnton and Martin Kirk for Oxfam UK called Finding Frames: New Ways to Engage the UK Public in Global Poverty. Check it out: I helped inform their thinking about frames and provided a survey of key conceptual models shaping the development […]

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Strategy Workgroup: Branding the Progressive Vision

We just launched the Progressive Strategy Handbook, an open source platform for building capacity for the movement, where we promised to provide an online forum for ongoing discussions that lead to strategic initiatives. The first discussion topic we’d like to discuss is the branding of  what it means to be progressive.  This is a topic […]

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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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