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We need a break from trying to understand the news!

By JoAnn McAllister | June 11, 2019

Dear friends of the Human Science Institute we have learned a lot about communicating with you through this new (to…

A Framework for Understanding: How Do We Know What We Know? The Source of Difference

By JoAnn McAllister | May 28, 2019

There are three concepts in the framework I have been using to pose questions about the events, policies, and positions…

A Framework for Understanding: Critical Questions for Effective Action

By JoAnn McAllister | May 21, 2019

The questions that I have been asking the last several weeks can be important tools when integrated into a framework…

Use ‘think about the news’ questions to confront societal myths and political paradigms

By JoAnn McAllister | May 14, 2019

The questions asked about the Mueller Report over the last seven weeks represent a framework to learn, analyze, and act…

Use ‘to think about the news’ questions in everyday political conversations

By JoAnn McAllister | May 7, 2019

There are now multiple conversations at cross-purposes on the fall out from the Special Counsel’s report and it has been…

To think about the news (6): Ask, why use these words?

By JoAnn McAllister | April 30, 2019

Stories come to us as a cascade of words. The words are, usually, intentionally selected to make the story work,…

To think about the news (5): Ask, is it just a story?

By JoAnn McAllister | April 23, 2019

It is time to ask, is it all just a story? Yes, but a story is never just a story.…

To think about the news (4): Ask, who is trying to get my attention, and why?

By JoAnn McAllister | April 16, 2019

I have described three strategies for listening, thinking, and responding to the news: asking if it is really news, identifying…

To think about the news (3): Ask, who benefits, who doesn’t?

By JoAnn McAllister | April 9, 2019

This is my third question about the unfolding Mueller report controversy. First I asked of the initial flurry if it…

To think about the news (2): Ask, what is the point of view?

By JoAnn McAllister | April 2, 2019

Last week the focus of the news and political commentary was all about the submission of the Mueller report on…

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