Thinking Points

Thinking Points: A Guide to Progressive Framing

Thinking Points: A Guide to Progressive Framing

The book Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision, published by George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute, was intended to be used as a progressive’s handbook for progressive framing and political change.  You can download Thinking Points in its entirety or download individual chapters below.

We feel it is imperative that politicians and activists learn how to do progressive framing themselves.  It is the core reason Cognitive Policy Works exists and is why we host the Rockridge Institute archive and Thinking Points.  Cognitive Policy Works offers training, strategic advising, and policy briefings in addition to the resources and research we provide online.  See our consulting page for more information.

We would like to draw your attention to the discussions held on the Rockridge Nation community blog, facilitated by our founder, Joe Brewer while he was at the Rockridge Institute, because they take Thinking Points as an inspiration for deeper discussions about the political mind. The discussions conducted throughout the early part of 2007 benefited greatly from the contributions of community members who asked questions, offered insights, and came together to solve real-world political problems.

 

The resources below will help you become more familiar with this work and serves as an archive of the collection of writings that emerged around Thinking Points and the subsequent Weekly Workgroups.

Download Entire Book

Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision in PDF format.  Please send any corrections (typos, formatting errors, etc) to [email protected].

Download Book Chapters

These links allow you to download PDF files for each chapter of the book.

Thinking Points Preface from George Lakoff

Thinking Points Introduction: Why We Write

Thinking Points Chapter 1: Winning and Losing

Thinking Points Chapter 2: Biconceptualism

Thinking Points Chapter 3: Frames and Brains

Thinking Points Chapter 4: The Nation as Family

Thinking Points Chapter 5: Morality and the Market

Thinking Points Chapter 6: Fundamental Values

Thinking Points Chapter 7: Strategic Initiatives

Thinking Points Chapter 8: The Art of Arguments

Thinking Points Epilogue

Thinking Points Notes

Thinking Points Acknowledgements

Thinking Points – About the Rockridge Institute

Thinking Points Discussions About the Book

These articles pertain directly to material published in the book Thinking Points. Each writing covers a chapter or part of a chapter to help unpack the ideas inside and explore them in greater depth.

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 1: Winning and Losing

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 2 – Part 1: Biconceptualism

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 2 – Part 2: Moderates of Many Kinds

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 3 – Part 1: Frames

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 3 – Part 2: Insights from Cognitive Sciences

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 3 – Part 3: Expressing Our Values

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 4 – Part 1: Progressive Morality

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 4 – Part 2: Conservative Morality

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 5: Morality and the Market

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 6 – Part 1: Our American Values

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 6 – Part 2: More About American Values

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 7: Strategic Initiatives

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 8 – Part 1: The Art of Arguments

Thinking Points Discussion of Chapter 8 – Part 2: Stories as Arguments

Thinking Points Discussions on Additional Topics

These articles explore topics that were not covered in the book. The community expressed a strong interest in continuing discussions so we surveyed several additional findings from the cognitive and behavioral sciences to demonstrate their importance in politics.

Thinking Points Discussion: Status Quo Bias and Progressive Reform

Thinking Points Discussion: Gut Feelings and Political Choice

Thinking Points Discussion: Politics and the Psychology of Blame

Thinking Points Discussion: Model of Left and Right Falls Flat

Thinking Points Discussion: Overton Window Presents Distorted View

Thinking Points Discussion: How Conservatives REALLY Shift Public Opinion

Weekly Workgroup Topics

These articles shift the focus from discussion to the practical activities that follow from perspectives in cognitive science. Participants explored the ways to move from theory to action on a number of important and timely issues unfolding on the political stage as these workgroups took place.

Weekly Workgroup: The Role of Markets

Weekly Workgroup: How Framing Differs from Spin

Weekly Workgroup: Rockridge Institute and Your Daily Life

Weekly Workgroup: Understanding the Politics of Fear

Weekly Workgroup – Part 1: Challenging the “Surrender to Terrorists” Frame

Weekly Workgroup – Part 2: Challenging the “Surrender to Terrorists” Frame

Weekly Workgroup: Communicating the Progressive Vision

These workgroups were facilitated by Eric Haas, a senior fellow of the Rockridge Institute and consulting partner at Cognitive Policy Works:

Weekly Workgroup: Challenging Welfare Stereotypes

Weekly Workgroup: Protecting Homeschoolers, Respecting Parents

Weekly Workgroup: Reframing Immigration