Tag: George Lakoff

Using evidence-based science for effective communications

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 in practice.¬†Effective communication is made even more challenging by the broad left’s obsession with “rationality” and fact-based arguments. I’ve previously written that progressives should give […]

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Should Australian progressives pay attention to George Lakoff?

We live in a post-fact world. I assert this for two reasons. Firstly, because it crystallises the conservative approach to public discourse, which is largely exemplified by lying, lying loudly and lying often. Secondly, because increasing scientific research demonstrates that most people don’t use facts and evidence to form views and attitudes, or influence behaviour. […]

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I’ve got Obama’s back

At the start of September, I’ll be embarking on a two month journey to campaign for Barack Obama as an Organising Fellow based in Boston. There’s no doubt that supporting Obama’s re-election is the right thing to do. Despite the many failings of the Obama administration (as Maurice Blackburn lawyer Lizzie O’Shea pointed out to […]

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What can infamous Republican word-smith and pollster Frank Luntz tell progressives about effective communication? As it turns out, quite a bit. In¬†Words that Work, Luntz reveals his magic tricks and secret messaging memos, and (for a book written before the 2008 US presidential election) makes some predictions about the future of American politics. For progressives […]

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