Archives for December 2012

Crux’s First Year – 2012 Wrapup

It’s that time of the year – silly season is upon us!

After launching Cruxcatalyst in late January 2012 and producing one post a week this year, its now time for me to take a brief hiatus in December and January – no doubt you’ve all got busy days ahead and want a holiday from reading emails. I’ve got a book project (novel) that I’ve been neglecting because of blogging and my paid work, so I plan to give that a bit of attention over the summer.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has subscribed to this blog, left comments, liked and shared the posts on social media, forwarded the content to friends and emailed me with feedback and encouragement. This has helped me broaden my subscriber base, and I reached my goal of 100 subscribers in the first year several months earlier than I’d anticipated – Crux is now at 150 subscribers.

Your support helps me to fulfil the mission of this blog – to disseminate what I’m writing about to others, and offer something that hopefully helps them in their work. Crux (heart) catalyst (change agent) has a dual meaning: to get to the heart of change, and also to recognise that change will come from a shift in the heart – a concept beautifully expressed by artist Nathanael Lark in his cartoon and clip ‘How To Change The World’:

Aside from its content, this clip is a brilliant piece of communication – short, visual, tells a story, and it doesn’t matter what language you speak, you understand its message.

For those new to Crux, here’s a bit of a recap of some of the topics from the first year of this blog:

January: looked at ‘what makes people tick’ in Values, Campaigns and Change, and how Encoding Your Message With Story can help your message to resonate and ‘stick’.

February: examined the role of comedy in Found In Translation – Comedy in Sustainability Communication, as was the technique of asset-mapping, a powerful tool for any group involved in change work, in How to Map Assets and Expose Real Wealth for Shared Futures.

March: showed how Being a Game Changer, Using Games can put the fun back into sustainability approaches, and how the Group Works Card Deck can help facilitate conversations that matter in Pattern Language – Helping Groups Work.

April: offered insights into personal leadership capacities in The Lotus Leadership Practice Guide, and delved into the psychology of Motivating Sustainable Behaviour.

May: dissected what makes a great speaker in How the King of Communicators Inspired Change, and what makes a great question in Strategic Questioning – Asking Questions That Make A Difference.

June: asked whether the green frame is still relevant in Has The Green Door Been Bolted?, and looked at the change tactics of a TV chef in the area of health and nutrition in What Jamie Oliver Can Teach Sustainability Activists.

July: featured an animated video series designed to help people be more effective communicators in Critical Thinking – Recognising Dodgy Arguments, and advice on withstanding the heat of being change agent in Surviving Personal Attacks – A Guide for Change Agents.

August: delved into the role of music, poetry, photography and sculpture in The Art of Change, and sought to determine whether apathy is really apathy in The Antidote to Apathy – From Indifference to Making A Difference.

September: investigated the alchemy of change in Secrets of Successful Storytelling, and the essential elements for people to take action in The Magic Formula for Triggering Behaviour Change.

October: invited us to look at our own as well as others’ states of being in Know Thyself: Understanding Ego States, and 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.

November: offered tips for working with the naysayers and critics around you in 5 Strategies for Working With Black Hats, and challenged single issue thinking in The Flying Taboo and Carbon Reductionism.

However, the most popular Crux post thus far (in terms of likes and shares) is Be The Change – But Not All Of It – part personal story of burnout, part plea to change agents to take care of themselves.

On that note, I hope you all take a well earned mental, physical and emotional break over Christmas/New Year.

Assuming non-apocalyptic outcomes from 21 December 2012, I’ll see you all in February 2013!