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