Tag Archives: Communications and Outreach

Sarah Lichtner

Over the past few years, I’ve worked on a number of projects that required synthesizing large amounts of data to develop communications materials that convey key messages clearly and accurately. While the kinds and amount of data, topic areas, and intended audience of each communications piece varied, each project involved

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Lindsay Pack

Every day, more than 100 billion business emails are sent and received. And if, like me, you feel that you personally receive most of them, you may not be that far off: the average person spends a reported 28% of the workweek reading and answering email. As this necessary, albeit

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Lindsay Pack

At Nexight Group, we know that it’s not enough to just conduct research, talk to stakeholders, or facilitate a meeting—you have to compile and communicate the results in a clear and concise way that resonates with your audience and inspires them to act. That’s why we place great value on

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Jack Eisenhauer
Why We Tweet
Jack EisenhauerNovember 7, 2013

I never thought that Twitter would be of much use to Nexight Group. We typically work on complicated problems that have many technical, policy, and social dimensions. We work with thought leaders to interpret long-term trends in science, energy, critical infrastructures, and climate change. What can we say intelligently in

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Lindsay Pack

As a connoisseur of all things visual design, I often find myself poring over strong examples of data visualizations for inspiration. But, as in life, sometimes it’s the mistakes and failed attempts that teach us the best lessons about what works and what doesn’t. That’s why when I stumbled across

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Sarah Lichtner

The climate change discussion is everywhere lately, with new articles published daily. Yet in the United States, our level of concern about climate change has been decreasing. According to the “Climate Change in the American Mind” survey series, the percentage of Americans who acknowledge that global warming is happening dropped

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Lindsay Kishter

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: as simple as it is daunting. Section 508 requires Federal agencies to make any electronic information accessible to a person with disabilities by following technical standards and performance criteria. In practice, this means making your document compatible with assistive technologies like screen readers and

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Sarah Lichtner
The Oxford Comma: A Science Writing Must-Have
Sarah LichtnerSeptember 12, 2013

Editors are passionate about punctuation. I have taken a black Sharpie to one of my own wall decorations, fulfilling the urge to add commas to “Eat Drink and Be Merry.” To see an editor’s true colors, ask them if they prefer the Oxford, or serial comma: the comma before the

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Lindsay Pack
Give Visual Communication a Chance
Lindsay PackAugust 27, 2013

A recent article about Jeff Bezos’s impending ownership of the Washington Post notes that the Amazon founder and CEO all but banned PowerPoint presentations at his company. Instead of slides filled with simplistic, hierarchical bullet points, Bezos requires his employees to write “narratives”—papers no longer than six pages—because in his

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Lindsay Pack

In a recent Harvard Business Review blog post, author and professional communicator Lee LeFever advocated for the use of visual communications to make potentially confusing ideas, products, and services easier to understand. Audiences are more visually literate than ever, he says, which means that “infographics, videos, and diagrams can do

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