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Until Feb 25, 2020
Let’s Discuss Don’t Think of an Elephant
Every Tuesday thru February 25, 2020. We started this discussion September 17, 2019, via Empathy Surplus Project Workplace video chat. Feel free to jump in and join us. More Details
Reframing IS social change. Building an empathy surplus in YOUR world begins with you changing your language. The Four Empathic Activities of a Caring Citizen Leader all start with the letter “I.” I INWARDLY digest and use the work of George Lakoff to frame caring...
Linguistic Guidelines From Don’t Think of an Elephant 1. Progressive values are the best of American values we share with nations around the world. Stand up for your values with dignity and strength. You are a true patriot because of your values. 2. Remember that...
Effective caring citizens use five sets of three values repeatedly in their conversations, their letters to the editor, in their blog posts, etc. Why? Because there are two very important cognitive and linguistic tools Dr. Lakoff encourages: (1) Say what you want...
Linguistic Guidelines From Don’t Think of an Elephant Our sometime advisor, George Lakoff, laid out in both editions of Don't Think of an Elephant, linguistic guidelines that members of a Caring Citizens' Congress strive to use everyday. The guidelines focus on...
Caring citizens have a high calling recognized in our Declaration of Independence and the words of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Freedom over slavery and well-being over corporate servitude are the order of the day. Our crisis is not in...
Respect, Protect, and Promote the Human Right to Government of, by, and for the People with Five Caring Sets of Values
Government of, by, and for the people must be the guiding principle that progressives lead with when discussing ANY and ALL of our favorite issues. Empathy is democracy’s soul. ALL of our issues emerge from this principle. “Of the people” means the same kind of people...
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