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Corporate Peer Pressure and the SDGs

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The Clock is Ticking As I look at the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it seems that the world has taken one step forward, and a dozen steps backward. The United States has announced plans to back out of the Paris Agreement, citing profits over planet. Climate change denial is rampant at the highest levels […]

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Working Smarter

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A New Year I’m nearing the end of my annual two-week-long holiday vacation (my one laptop-free break for the year), and I’ve finally had some truly free time to reflect on 2017. I’ve thought a lot about what I want to continue doing in 2018, and what I want to leave behind. Over the past year I’ve learned […]

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Avenues of Sustainability Communications

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Keeping Everyone Informed My last two posts about sustainability communications and what sustainability is have sparked a lot of offline conversations. I’m glad to see that you’re all as intrigued by this as I’ve been. The most common questions that arise? What do you need to communicate? And who are you communicating to? There are several […]

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What is Sustainability?

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Beyond Green I got a few offline messages about my last post. They basically said, “So what’s this sustainability thing, anyway? Is this about reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or using better lightbulbs?” The short answer is yes. The long answer is “Yes, and….” The 17 Sustainable Development Goals Overall, there are 17 U.N. Sustainable Development […]

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Sustainability Communications

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If No One Knows About Your Sustainability Policy, Does It Really Exist? When I first started working on sustainability communications with one of my clients, I admit that I wasn’t terribly enthused. My personal history with corporate sustainability initiatives wasn’t exactly inspiring. But I’ve been independent for more than a decade and don’t usually see […]

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The Evolution of An Introvert

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Oh, How Times Have Changed If there’s one consistent thread running through my life, it’s the fact that I’m an introvert. I have never, in the whole of my life, wanted to draw attention to myself. When I was in the middle school spelling bee, grainy video evidence shows that I speed-spelled my words and raced […]

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LavaCon Content Strategy Recap

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Focusing on Content Strategy Last week, I was in Portland, Oregon for the LavaCon Content Strategy Conference. It’s one of the rare events that I attend within my time zone. I have to admit that it’s very nice to have a short flight on Southwest rather than a long-haul journey on United. LavaCon is an […]

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What Do You Get as a Volunteer?

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Giving and Getting As many of you know, I’m in the second of a two-year term serving as Director at Large for the Society for Technical Communication, a volunteer role. And since my election, I’ve often been asked the same question: “Why are you on the board? What do you get out of it?” What do […]

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Talking About Burnout

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It’s Ok to Talk About It This week, my dear friend Stacey King Gordon wrote about her professional burnout. I’m sharing this with you because I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Most of the people I know are like me: hardworking people who are good at what we do. Because we’re good at it, […]

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The Ampersand New Year

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And a Gift Now that Christmas has passed, let me tell you a story about my silver ampersand new year’s cards for my colleagues. First, the Ampersand Let’s start with a little bit of background. I have a really awesome letterpress printer in Denver who did my business cards many moons ago. (Everyone, say hello to Jason, aka […]

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