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April 3, 2022

How to Talk About Race and “Critical Race Theory” in a Way that Wins

Last Thursday, the latest event in the Turner Talks series focused on “Talking About Critical Race Theory in 2022 and Beyond,” The event featured Andrea Young, author, lawyer, longtime civil and human rights advocate and current Executive Director of the Georgia ACLU. And it featured Drew Westen, noted messenger and author of The Political Brain. For a copy of the…
March 4, 2022

Advocacy through effective story-telling – or, how a woman named Sherry changed people’s brains

Sherry Brennan and I were high school classmates in Austin, Texas, back in the previous century. We were friends, although not particularly close. That would change decades later – when I discovered a story about Sherry – a story that would launch her (entirely volunteer) career and mission as an advocate for our country’s nutrition assistance programs. We’ll get back…
November 25, 2015

Social Advocacy and Politics: The Idiocy of Crowds?

Byrony Gordon of the Telegraph wrote in frustration this week about how social media is turning us into idiots. She chronicles several tweets and trends across social media in the aftermath of the attacks on Paris as evidence that, “…social media hasn’t just turned people stupid – it has also turned whole organisations into unthinking idiots whose knee jerk reaction…
November 17, 2015

Social Advocacy and Politics: Is Facebook Gutting the Power of Social Advocacy Tools?

Facebook, Twitter and Google+ have all added or turned on features in the wake of the Paris attacks this past Friday, November 13. These features incorporate many of the behavioral uses of these platforms into their code. For example, Facebook turned on its “Safety Check” feature, where people can mark on their profile that they are ok instead of just posting…
November 10, 2015

Social Advocacy and Politics: Politics and Entertainment

One of the biggest criticisms of the current presidential election campaigns is that the candidates’ ability to entertain trumps their command and discussion of the issues. As this story goes, image appears to matter more than the ability to lead the “free world.” That is what is being said, but is it really true? Have presidential elections degenerated into White…
November 9, 2015

Getting the most out of foreign aid

No wonder Americans are skeptical about foreign aid. They think we spend 25 times more than we actually do, they don’t know what it has accomplished, and they are fed a steady diet of reports about waste, fraud and corruption. This puts members of Congress in an awkward position. Most of them know that diplomacy and development help create jobs…