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Criminal charge unprecedented attack on workplace safety

This blog post is 5 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.The trade union royal commission, in just three weeks, has attempted to unwind over a decade of work to improve the culture of safety at construction sites. Three years ago, …

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Australia and sales of uranium to India

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.This article was first published on The Guardian. At the height of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japanese prime minister Nato Kan was faced with a decision: would he …

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Sorry policy-makers, the two-degrees warming policy is a road to disaster

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Originally posted on my Guardian blog. Global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has released a timely analysis on economic growth and carbon emissions, which makes the point that there is a “disconnect …

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Global labour’s challenge to climate change

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.I originally published this on The Guardian and am republishing it here. At the end November 2013, Philip Jennings, the general secretary for the global union federation UNI Global Union spoke …

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Clicktivism or Slacktivism? Stop Coal Mining

Activism or “Slacktivism”? Are we a nation of online slackers?

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Sunday Style had a feature article by freelance journalist Sarah Ayoub, looking at online activism, an article for which I was interviewed a few months ago. Last month it was …

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Digital leadership for unions

Does your union leadership “get” digital?

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Research undertaken in 2012 by pro-union academic Panos Panagiotopoulos found that globally, unions are increasingly viewing digital tools as essential to improving communications and member engagement. Over 61% of unions said that …

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Best practice digital campaigning

What is best practice online campaigning (and why is it so difficult)?

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.A week ago, The Guardian’s Global Development Professionals Network held a live-chat with a panel of global digital campaigners to talk about “best practice”. On the panel included campaigners from …

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Cognitive biases and effective communications

Using evidence-based science for effective communications

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Many people in unions and progressive politics talk about “framing” — made famous by George Lakoff’s Don’t Think of an Elephant — but it’s difficult to see what that means …

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Australia’s natural heritage betrayed by environmental law referral

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Bear with me, this is rather dry topic, but has seismic implications for Australia’s natural heritage. Don’t worry; this will be a short one. After over forty years of generally …

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Why is climate communication so hard?

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.I originally published this on The Guardian. What term works better to communicate about our warming planet, “climate change” or “global warming”? With the release of a new Yale study, …

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Myths and misperceptions about marketing for unions

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Marketing is still widely disparaged as a term in the union movement, and progressive organisations generally. Partly this is a skepticism born from shows like Mad Men and The Pitch, …

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Science alone won’t change climate opinions, but it matters

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age. I’ve often highlighted useful articles about cognitive and behavioural insights that I believe are useful for unions and progressive campaigners. This time, I’ve decided to republish an entire article …

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Alex has spent his entire career working in the union and climate movements to build a better future for all. He is a committed unionist and activist, and has written on how progressive movements can win.

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