Topic: General

Links I Liked, Christmas Edition

A few seasonal links before I head off for a Christmas break. See you in 2019, when we’ll find out if the only way is up…. If Jesus was born in 2018…. Africa’s must-read books of 2018 Some global governance has been going on, despite everything: Briefings on the new global migration pact and the […]

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When to write in DevSpeak; when to use Plain Language? More handy tips.

Andrew Johnston of Words for Change felt moved to respond to Friday’s post on the use of plain language in development comms. He argues that writers have to be able to write for multiple audiences simultaneously, which reminds me of Disney films’ amazing ability to combine a simple narrative to entertain the kids with enough […]

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Audio Summary (6m) of FP2P posts, week beginning 10th December

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Is Meritocracy the new Aristocracy? And the 11 Tricks that Elites use to capture Politics.

My Oxfam colleague and regular FP2P contributor Max Lawson (right) sends out a weekly summary of his reading on inequality (he leads Oxfam’s advocacy work on it). They’re great, and Max has opened his mailing list up to the anyone who’s interested – just email max.lawson@oxfam.org, with ‘subscribe’ in the subject line. Here’s his latest effort, covering two issues: […]

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Links I Liked

One more week to apply for a new job working with me to take this blog up a level, source lots of great content from southern authors etc. Details here (16th December deadline). How Change Happens now available in Chinese These motor cycle gangs are getting out of hand. Ht The Filling Station Tom Baker risks […]

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Audio Summary (9m) of FP2P posts, week beginning 6 December

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Doing the Doughnut at the G20?

For the G20 and this week’s big climate change gabfest in Poland, Kate Raworth pulled together this smart piece on where the world’s countries have got to on living inside the doughnut, and where the burgeoning band of doughnut economists have got to in turning Kate’s big idea into a practical tool. It originally appeared […]

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It’s time to change up From Poverty to Power – Know Anyone Who Can Help?

Should I be worried/offended when someone pays me to write less? Nah, actually I’m very excited. As regular readers may have noticed, In recent years I’ve been inviting more guests onto the blog, but have always struggled to find the time and resources to do it properly. Now the Ford and Hewlett Foundations have kindly […]

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Links I Liked

An inspired adbuster transformed some racist graffiti in Walthamstow, London, into something a lot more welcoming. Ht Ellie Levenson What Do African Aid Recipients Think of Charity Ads? How to run a ‘book sprint‘ that enables a group of authors to write a book in 3-5 days Bangladesh’s gender wage gap is the lowest in […]

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Audio Summary (16m) of FP2P blogposts, week beginning 26th November

Longer than usual summary – 16 minutes. Not sure if the week’s posts were particularly content-rich, or I was just feeling chatty…..

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How can Universities get more activists to take-up their research?

Another day, another coffee conversation about how to ensure that academic research has impact beyond the ivory tower/dreaming spires. This time it was with Duncan McLaren, who has just started as a fellow Professor in Practice (is this A Thing now?) at the Lancaster Environment Centre and has been asked to look into how its […]

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How can Activists get better at harnessing Narratives for social change?

Working in a global organization like Oxfam means spending a lot of time on conference calls, with colleagues scattered across the globe. They can be frustrating – dodgy connections, people fading in and out, speaking too fast, or forgetting to put their phones on mute (especially if they are nipping in to the restroom – […]

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