Non-verbal communication can negate what you’re trying to say

Posted on April 22, 2014

How do you spend most of your time when preparing to give a speech? If you are like most advocates and policymakers we’ve worked with, your answer is content or the words. You might...


The rich are richer than you think

Posted on April 9, 2014

The right wing has done a lot of whining about the over-taxed rich and the under-taxed middle class. Mitt Romney famously complained that “47 percent of Americans pay no income tax.” But that meme...


Is there a progressive economics?

Posted on March 12, 2014

By highlighting income inequality, President Obama has opened the door to a serious conversation with voters. The problem is that persuadable voters support an idealized concept of conservative economics based on low taxes and...


To strengthen public libraries, wake up and smell the coffee

Posted on February 25, 2014

I’ll bet you know somebody who goes to a bookstore to read, relax and drink coffee. Millions of Americans do that regularly. So why not create that same kind of coffee shop experience at...


The tipped minimum wage is sort of a scam

Posted on February 12, 2014

Most restaurant guests think that when they tip a waiter their money is going to that employee, or at least is pooled among the workers. But in 43 states, that’s not really the case....


Victory Comes from the States and Localities

Posted on January 29, 2014

When President Obama presented his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, progressives applauded on the outside but grumbled on the inside. Lipstick on a pig notwithstanding, our federal government is hopeless. Last year...


NEA Announces Transformative Initiatives

Posted on January 28, 2014

Last week National Education Association (NEA) President Dennis VanRoekel announced a series of initiatives which mark a significant milestone in NEA’s history which will directly and indirectly impact education in your state or locality....


It’s all the media’s fault!

Posted on January 15, 2014

The mainstream news media, which is supposed to deliver truthful information to the public and call out lies by officeholders and political actors, actually causes bad political behavior. News reporters aren’t the only players...


Welcome to IdeaLog

Posted on January 1, 2014

The purpose of IdeaLog is to explore new, different, or forgotten ideas about public policy and communications. The blog posts are opinions intended to get you to think and to stimulate dialog. They are...