Crux is about supporting sustainability leaders – that’s you! – in being more effective change agents, and doing so in a compassionate, fun, engaging and irreverent way.
I started this blog because I felt that the vast majority of sustainability communication is either missing in action (not happening), missing the mark (not hitting the target audience/s in a way that resonates) or missing the point (focusing on the wrong thing).
So much of our sustainability communications is the equivalent of shouting loudly at someone who does not speak our own language. Becoming ever more strident, earnest, or scary is not going to create the shift.
If people aren’t getting it, that’s not their fault – its OUR fault, because its our responsibility to frame and communicate our messages so they resonate.
This blog is no longer being posted to regularly (though I still post to the Crux Facebook page), however there is 2-3 years’ worth of material that remains relevant and useful.
Here are some of the best offerings from Cruxcatalyst, including guest posts, on values, interpersonal communication, psychology, leadership and more. Use the drop down arrows to the right of this page under ‘Crux Files’ to explore this repository fully.
Values & Motivating People
- what makes people tick, in Values, Campaigns and Change, The Art and Science of Persuasion and Motivation, and Motivating Sustainable Behaviour
- the alchemy of change in Secrets of Successful Storytelling, Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips to Help You Be More Persuasive and how Encoding Your Message With Story can help your message to resonate and ‘stick’
- ways to talk to people who see the world differently in Spiral Dynamics – A Way of Understanding Human Nature, Market Segmentation 101 for Change Agents, Communicating Sustainability to Different Worldviews, Why We Need Climate Crises To Avoid Catastrophe and The Messenger Matters
- how Being a Game Changer, Using Games can put the fun back into sustainability approaches, the essential elements for people to take action in The Magic Formula for Triggering Behaviour Change, and what the change blocks are in A Taxonomy of Barriers To Change
- the perils and pitfalls of leadership in Leadership On The Line: The Heart of Danger, The Faces of Danger and Leadership on the Line: Responses to Leadership Challenges
- advice on withstanding the heat of being a change agent in Surviving Personal Attacks – A Guide for Change Agents and maintaining your cool under fire and treating your opponents respectfully in Brand Management, Russell Style
- states of being in Know Thyself: Understanding Ego States and why losing arguments can be a good thing in Taming the Argument As War Beast
- insights into personal leadership capacities in The Lotus Leadership Practice Guide
- how you can apply the KLOUT influence matrix in your offline activities in Amplifying Your KLOUT For Change and which kinds of influence can be used to effect change in The Powers of Change
- why freeing up people’s time is essential to sustainability in Time for Sustainability and How Working Less Can Give Us More
- whether the green frame is still relevant in Has The Green Door Been Bolted? and the destructive side of the green movement in The Corrosive Effects of Green Puritanism
- challenging single issue thinking in The Flying Taboo and Carbon Reductionism and why its important to use a systems approach instead of targeting symptoms in Design is the New Green
- how not even being aware of being ‘sustainable’ may be the ultimate end-point of humanity’s sustainability journey in Second Nature – Becoming Unconsciously Sustainable
- examining interpersonal dynamics through the lens of a TV series in ‘Game of Thrones’ – A Study in Machiavellianism, and how you can spot such characters in your organisation and even test your own ‘MACH’ rating
- how the gaming community’s Character Alignment matrix can help change agents in Understanding A Complex Cast of Characters
- what a 6th century BC Chinese military general and a 1940s cartoon character have in common in Bugs Bunny, Archetypes and The Art of War for Change
- how office kitchen politics can be a living lab for change management tactics in Behaviour Change Lessons from Kitchen Cops
- understanding how culture transmits and what you can do to leverage this in MEMEs – The Mind-Viruses of Cultural Change
- the role of comedy in Found In Translation – Comedy in Sustainability Communication
- how perception and language may be the barrier to people apparently in conflict, but who are actually on the same page, in Lenses, Language and Engaging People
- how to spot and defuse faulty arguments and reasoning in Critical Thinking – Recognising Dodgy Arguments, Know Your Logical Fallacies and a Visual Guide to Cognitive Biases
- what makes a great speaker in How the King of Communicators Inspired Change – and why Bad Powerpoint was banned at a national conference
- what makes a great question in Strategic Questioning – Asking Questions That Make A Difference, and how to help facilitate conversations that matter in Pattern Language – Helping Groups Work
- how we could make a lot more progress if we (re) learned how to communicate respectfully in Awakening Our Collaborative Spirit and An Ethos of Conversation
- the role of music, poetry, photography and sculpture in The Art of Change, and whether apathy is really apathy in The Antidote to Apathy – From Indifference to Making A Difference
- practical techniques and tips in 5 Ways To Rescue Groups Gone Bad, How An Offers and Needs Market Helps Build Sustainable Practice, 3 Tips for Effective Sustainability Conversations, 5 Strategies for Working With Black Hats, How to Map Assets and Expose Real Wealth for Shared Futures and the (partly) tongue-in-cheek A-Z of Sustainability Words and Concepts
- the change tactics of a TV chef in the area of health and nutrition in What Jamie Oliver Can Teach Sustainability Activists
- the University of Adelaide’s campus sustainability program Ecoversity, and how the Lost Dogs of Adelaide social media phenomenon could translate to local sustainability
- learnings from The Economics of Happiness – Strengthening the Localisation Movement conference; stories from the UK and US in Growing Change; Obama Uses Cool For School
Self Care for Change Agents
- why and how change agents need to take care of themselves, including How Activists Can Set Boundaries and Stay Sane, Money Martyrdom – I’m Not Buying It and Be The Change – But Not All Of It
- how leading change agents approach their work
Thanks to everyone who has subscribed, commented, Tweeted and shared the content you’ve found on my blog, and to Donnie Maclurcan, Mike Freedman, Michael Michalko, Chris Rose, Susan Weinschenk, Barrett C Brown and David Lavenda who contributed, or gave permission for me to republish their work as, a guest post.
crux, meaning both at the core (or the crossroads), and also rather aptly in relation to sustainability:
— n , pl cruxes , cruces
1. a vital or decisive stage, point
2. a baffling problem or difficulty
catalyst, meaning change agent
1. a person or thing that precipitates an event or change