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California’s Water Wars

Even if you don’t live in California, you’re probably well aware of the water wars that have been percolating here for the last 150 years. Ground zero in this ongoing dispute is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which provides water for more than 25 million Californians. Our partner, the Delta Vision…

Seeing is believing: The big thaw

Last week, I had a privilege of watching a powerful new climate change documentary, Chasing Ice, at a special screening on Capitol Hill. The film is full of staggeringly beautiful images of glaciers and sea ice, as one might expect given that its central character, National Geographic photographer James Balog,…

Ready. Set. Blog! Create Blockbuster Blog Posts

Whether you’re scratching rock art, typing news copy or tapping out a Twitter feed, every genre of communication has its own demands, its own blessings and curses for the writer. Increasingly, the blogosphere is where people go to explore and share ideas. Blogging can be enormously gratifying or enormously frustrating.…

Stay out of the Water: Toxic Algae’s Threat to People & Pets

This summer, a retired couple played fetch at an Indiana lake with their four dogs. Twenty four hours later, two of the dogs were dead. The lake contained blue-green algae, which can release toxins that cause liver and respiratory problems in people and prove fatal to pets, but no warning…

Field Notes: Women in Rio- Deploying Social Media

Twenty years after climate change first hit the headlines at the Earth Summit of 1992, world leaders gathered again in Rio de Janeiro to talk sustainable development. The resulting “agreement” was a big fat letdown, but there were some bright spots. From the beginning, the Rio+20 agenda focused far too…

Web of Change: This is what connectedness looks like

Half the conferences I attend these days pass in a blur of tweets. I’ve engaged in lengthy conversations with people sitting a few chairs away without ever connecting face to face. And I’ve captured reams of notes without really assimilating the content. Web of Change is different. It celebrates the…

Guest post: Who’s really on social media

Over the past several weeks, Winning the Internet has been looking at the demographics, traffic and stats of some popular social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube. Here’s a round up in case you missed it.  There’s lots of data and information here, which may help you…

Of Bikes, Pens and Soccer Balls

Internship: an inglorious rite of passage that involves coffee runs, taking out the trash, and sneaking around the office to catch a glimpse of company projects. Alternate definition: an amazing experience that involves contributing to essential project work, being immersed in the world of effective communication, and working with eloquent…

Opening thoughts from Resource Media’s new president

It is great to be back at Resource Media. No point burying the lead. This is a supremely talented staff working at a craft I consider essential; communications is the lubricant for social change. It is how we form relationships, partnerships, coalitions and campaigns. It is how we bridge the…