Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Today: Rockridge Forums Open to Public; Tomorrow: DFA MeetUp on Framing

Go and register, if you are interested in framing the core ideology and the message of the Progressive movement and the Democratic Party.

"The Rockridge Institute would like to invite concerned Americans to join an online discussion on framing and policy issues. The Rockridge Action Network (http://forum.rockridgeinstitute.org) is a pilot of an online community focused on framing and public policy based on progressive principles. Since the 2004 elections, many activists and others have been asking us when we'll have an online forum, and today, January 4, is that day.
The Rockridge Action Network is a place where activists, journalists, policy makers, and framing experts can come together and discuss how to frame their values, ideas and policies. The discussion will take off from where George Lakoff's book, Don't Think of an Elephant, began and will put those ideas into everyday practice. On the boards users will find a place to discuss framing, talk about real life examples of framing, strategize, and note how both progressive and conservative frames are being used in the media.
"Come to the Rockridge Action Network and be a part of the development of this important step in advancing the progressive vision for America."

Come and talk about framing, see Lakoff's DVD and meet the activists in your community:

Democracy for America, the 150,000-member nationwide progressive activist group, is holding 350 meet-ups on January 5th, 2005 in cities across the United States, to educate its members on the strategic framing ideas of George Lakoff http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/people/lakoff, Senior Fellow at the Rockridge Institute. Says Professor Lakoff: "Framing is more than finding 'better' words. It is the way you think about the world. Good framing reflects your values and your beliefs, and connects them to issues in ways that have self-contained arguments built in. If you are framing honestly, then the arguments will be ones that you believe in." To find a meet-up near you, go to
http://dfa.meetup.com/ and enter your zip code. For more info on Democracy in America and their work on framing, see http://democracyforamerica.com/framing.
The Rockridge Institute is a non-partisan think tank that reframes and rethinks public policy to promote a more just, democratic, humane, and environmentally sustainable society. Founded by leading west coast thinkers, it steers clear of the daily skirmish of inside-the-beltway politics to focus on long term education and change in the public consensus. For more information, please visit the Rockridge website at http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org
Democracy for America is a political action committee dedicated to building a grassroots network to support socially progressive and fiscally responsible candidates at all levels of government.

Plus, two interesting loosk at framing:

Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Beyond Lakoff’s strict father vs. nurturant parent, a strong community manifesto

Who Needs George Lakoff?

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