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This morning while working on a proposal with some super collaborators I found myself thinking that my writing skills could use some work. I know they always can, for everyone, but then I wondered:
How can I assess my writing skills to highlight current strengths and weaknesses without going back to college?
I love how Pew Research Center displays information — especially in ways that allow you to make quick comparisons and immediately grasp differences.
But I didn’t know how to describe how Pew does this so well until I read this article by the Center’s design director, Peter Bell.…Read More
How can you engage exactly the grass-tops people you want talking about your ideas, expertise and new research?
Katy Napotnik of The Urban Institute reveals Urban’s blueprint for doing so in a Medium essay that every CEO, director and comms director at research-driven organizations should marinate in.…Read More
Sometime soon — today, tomorrow, this weekend — you should watch Esther Duflo’s TED talk. It’s a model for how to frame your disruptive research and ideas.
This is Esther Duflo who just won the Nobel Prize in economics for her research to find the most effective interventions against poverty and associated, preventable diseases.…Read More
If you’re having trouble getting your SMEs to author individual pieces of thought leadership, try crowdsourcing those pieces instead from across your organization, or from an event you hosted.
What I’m talking about is very different than a multi-authored piece with infinite rounds of edits and approvals.…Read More
A number of people have sent me the recent Nature column listing novelist and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great science paper. Have you seen it?
McCarthy has provided (I was surprised to learn) “extensive editing to numerous faculty members and postdocs at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico” as well as other well known scientists.…Read More
Grad students aren’t supposed to have the time to write op-eds for major newspapers — or the juice to get them published. Certainly not without a tenured co-author.
Tell it to Chris Herring, a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of California Berkeley, who wrote this quite good op-ed for the Washington Post, “Democrats hate Trump’s plan for homelessness.…Read More
No, not the kind at the back of your new scholarly book. And no, not a Most Valuable Player. I’m talking the kind of index (like Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index or Yale’s Environmental Performance Index) that draws on your research and analytic power to define trends and storylines, get headlines, change behavior and provide an unparalleled tentpole around which researchers and research-driven organizations can organize their outreach.…Read More