Environment & Climate

How to talk about climate change: A toolkit for encouraging collective action, 2019

Effective communication on climate action can build hope. It can improve people’s understanding of the causes and solutions, and motivate them to be agents of change. Motivating collective climate action at the right level requires more than communicating the facts and the dangers. As experts, advocates, and campaigners we need strategies grounded in the evidence of persuasive communication.

This toolkit provides practical guidance on strategies shown by research to inspire hope and build connections. Strategies that help develop more productive understandings of the causes of climate change, and strategies that encourage collective action on evidence-informed solutions


Communicating science and research

A Matter of Fact: Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World, 2018

A Matter of Fact explores the science of communicating and presents innovative ways to talk effectively (and empathetically) about contentious information. It is both an informative guide to constructive communication and a passionate reminder of the importance of finding what matters to all of us. Published by Bridget Williams Books.


Children & Families

Telling a New Story About Child Poverty in New Zealand, 2018

Telling a new story about "child poverty" in New Zealand explores common core stories or cultural narratives about child poverty. The report discusses why these stories and narratives may hamper efforts to convince the public and policy makers to accept expert solutions. Importantly, the report highlights the double burden our stories can create for children and parents living without enough. Commissioned and published by The Policy Observatory, AUT.