We’re told that anecdotes (brief retellings of incidents) are impoverished forms of communication, and stories (longer narratives with peaks and valleys and telling details and surprising twists and moments of reflection and insight) are the highest form of communication.
In a recent “The Undercover Economist” — economist and journalist Tim Harford’s reported column for the FT designed to answer questions based on the best available research — Harford asks the question “Should we take a few long holidays, or lots of short ones?”
But instead of diving into the research immediately, though, Harford begins with a humble anecdote.…Read More
The monarch butterfly is in trouble — in large part because development is chewing up its habitat, including that of its feeding and host plants (milkweed) across North America.
Just to stabilize its population, the monarch needs an “additional 1.8 billion stems of milkweed,” according to Abigail Derby Lewis of Chicago’s Field Museum and Adele Simmons, a philanthropist, writing in a recent Chicago Tribune op-ed.…Read More
Disasterology is the public scholarship site of Samantha Montano, an assistant professor of emergency management & disaster science at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
It’s great. It has much of everything public scholarship should have — the bones of a one-stop shop for translating research into timely, jargon-free insights and solutions that decision makers and other non-specialists can actually apply.…Read More
You’ll seldom hear a researcher as clear and compelling about the application of their expertise as Stanford psychologist Greg Walton.
This new episode of Shane Parrish’s “The Knowledge Project” podcast featuring Walton is a must-listen if you’re interested in turning your expertise into authority — into persuasive arguments and solutions about problems people care about.…Read More
It’s this graphic by Vox, issued in the wake of President Trump and U.S. House of Representatives Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blaming the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton in part on teen consumption of violent video games:
The graphic exemplifies data marshaled to shape a public conversation.…Read More
Would you rather:
a) Read a scientist’s accessible and well-written 850-word breakdown on the evidence about whether sunscreens are harmful to us — and how we should respond?
b) Watch a four-minute video by the same scientist doing the same breakdown and giving similar advice?…Read More
As researchers and research communicators, we’re always explaining. Our fear: If we don’t explain, our authority vanishes.
Sometimes it’s better not to explain. To simply market our authority.
And to understand when you have the choice.
Yahoo! Finance interviewed Tyler Cowen for five minutes recently, ostensibly about his new book on the underappreciated virtues of big business.…Read More
What separates researcher thought leadership from the kind of thought leadership everybody hates is…research, and the uniquely deep expertise that flows from being a researcher.
Saturating your thought leadership with supporting research doesn’t work. But not having any research doesn’t work, either.…Read More
Every Tuesday, I do a TTLT — Tuesday Thought Leadership Teardown — for my mailing list. Here’s my latest.
Evidence or expertise alone don’t make your ideas compelling.
You make them compelling.
“You” meaning: your voice. Your style, coupled with a strong argument and point of view.…Read More