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The End of Cognitive Policy Works — And New Beginnings!

Many of you read my post earlier this year about the evolving practice of Cognitive Policy Works, where I shared the diagram below to chart our progress over the years.  Since that time, the core questions about where this work might go have been resolved.  And I am excited to share the news that the […]

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Conversation with Joe Brewer on Blog Talk Radio

I was recently interviewed about communication strategies for the progressive movement on Blog Talk Radio.  We covered a wide variety of topics vital to U.S. politics in this hour-long session. Listen and enjoy! Listen to internet radio with AndreaMiller0 on BlogTalkRadio

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A Special Comment on the Connecticut School Shooting

Yesterday I was asked to share my reflections on the tragic shootings that took place in Connecticut…  please share if this resonates with you.

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What You Can Do About the War on Women

This morning I read an article titled How the War on Women Became Mainstream that compelled me to action.  It chronicles the escalation of attacks on the basic human rights of women in the United States, painting a picture of religious fanaticism that came with the election of Tea Party radicals to state and federal […]

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Words That Don’t Work

Progressives had some fun last week with Frank Luntz, who told the Republican Governors’ Association that he was scared to death of the Occupy movement and recommended language to combat what the movement had achieved. But the progressive critics mostly just laughed, said his language wouldn’t work, and assumed that if Luntz was scared, everything […]

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A Framing Memo for Occupy Wall Street

I was asked weeks ago by some in the Occupy Wall Street movement to make suggestions for how to frame the movement. I have hesitated so far, because I think the movement should be framing itself. It’s a general principle: Unless you frame yourself, others will frame you — the media, your enemies, your competitors, […]

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Occupy Wall Street, Swarm Behavior & Self-Organized Criticality

If you’ve been watching the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, you may be surprised by how quickly it spread from a small group of disgruntled youth in New York to a planetary mobilization that is now active in more than 100 cities — all in a few short weeks.  This is an unprecedented […]

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Taking Our Work to the Next Level

Cognitive Policy Works has existed now for three years.  It started out as a consultancy that continues the mission of George Lakoff’s Rockridge Institute, which closed its doors in April of 2008.  We have offered workshops and trainings on the framing of health care and education, the workings of the political mind, values-based communication, and […]

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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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