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Balancing Science and Story

Effectively communicating sustainability across sectors What do European climate scientists, Midwest U.S. organic farmers, and small arts organizations have in common? They all have a huge amount of data (or potential for it) and battle with balancing science and more personal, emotional messages in their communications. In the past few months, I’ve presented to scientists […]

‘Emotional’ Sustainability for a Post-Truth World

Visual storytelling reveals context and appeals to our individual beliefs Riding the tails of Brexit and the U.S. presidential election, Oxford Dictionaries has selected “post-truth” as 2016’s international word of the year. It’s not hard to believe, given the events of the past year, to see how people do not make decisions based purely on […]

The [Unequal] Power of Images

When to use a photo vs. an icon There are many style options available when it comes to communicating information visually. Photos excel at evoking emotion in individual scenarios, when the photograph literally represents what is being communicated.   Icon-focused infographics tend to group information on a more broad level: reflecting general patterns and information rather than specific, individual – and quite […]

Motivating Sustainable Behavior

How can we help people act more sustainably? According to a series of studies from the Harvard Business Review, ‘seeing’ ourselves in the future helps us make decisions that prioritize long-term benefits to our future selves (over short-term gains). One study had half of participants interview digitally-aged avatars of themselves. Then participants did a seemingly-unrelated exercise to […]

Visualizing Complex Systems

The way the world works as a complex science.  Most of what I do is related to communicating complexity: helping audiences understand systems to locate themselves within sustainability solutions. Complexity science is a field that was recently brought to my attention. In sustainability, we’re familiar with systems thinking and the complexity of the human interactions between society, the environment […]

Presenting @ TEDxFulbright

I’m honored to be presenting my TEDxFulbright talk ‘Sustainability: Visualized’ in Washington D.C. April 5th. The event carries the theme ‘Dare to Think’.

Sustainable Foods Institute @ Monterey Bay Aquarium

My keynote is titled ‘Info Design: Making Science Digestible for Consumers’ – I’ll present May 15-16 during ‘Cooking for Solutions’ at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (the esteemed home of Seafood Watch). The Sustainable Foods Institute is by invite only, but ‘Cooking for Solutions‘ is open to the public.

Visiting Artist at UNL

I’m enjoying meeting with students at University Nebraska-Lincoln, and will give a public presentation of my work Tuesday April 9 at 5:30pm.