Author: Chris Riedy

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Survey – The Sharing Economy in Australia

For a number of years, I have been interested in the potential for collaborative consumption, or the sharing economy, to deliver environmental, social and economic benefits. I’ve written about collaborative consumption and the impact of the sharing economy, and I’ve maintained a list of sharing initiatives operating in Australia. Now, I would like to dig a bit deeper into how the sharing economy is going in Australia. I’m running a survey of sharing economy or collaborative consumption initiatives in Australia. The aim of the survey is to: Provide a more comprehensive picture of collaborative consumption and sharing initiatives in Australia Explore the challenges and barriers faced by collaborative and sharing initiatives, and the strategies entrepreneurs are using to overcome these barriers Assess the economic, social and environmental benefits of the sharing economy Identify opportunities to support the emergence of the sharing economy in Australia. I’m looking for the following people to participate: People who are involved with a project, website, organisation or initiative…. Which is operating in Australia… And could be described as part of the sharing economy, sharing movement, collaborative economy, collaborative movement, commons movement, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing or the peer economy (or a similar term). If that sounds like you, please click on the survey link where you can find more information on the research. And please pass this on to anyone else that you can think of who …

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Where should we look for democracy?

What does democracy look like? When most people think about democracy, they probably think about voting in elections for a politician to represent them in parliament. The politician is then tasked with ‘debating’ issues on their behalf. This representative model of democracy assumes that we can trust politicians to represent our views. Of course, the reality can be very different. What if you don’t like any of the politicians that are running in your electorate? What if you think they are all out of touch with everyday reality? Or what if you like some of what they stand for, but not all of it? You are left with a blunt choice – out of these imperfect representatives, who is the least worst? It’s no wonder that many people love democracy in principle, but are disillusioned with its actual practice. There are other models of democracy that try to improve on traditional representative democracy. One such model is deliberative democracy. Deliberative democracy puts talking, rather than voting at the centre of democracy. In a deliberative democracy, things are …

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Theories of change

Last week, I wrote a post criticising the climate change communication strategies of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role that theories of change play in shaping climate change communication strategies. A theory of change is essentially an idea about how things change in the world. Do you think political leaders make change happen, or do you think mass movements of people lead change? Do you think change is random, chaotic, or predictable? Do you think it happens through incremental improvement, or abrupt transformation? Everyone answers these questions differently and the combination of these answers makes up an individual’s theory of change.

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Communicating climate change: The case of the IPCC

I’m sitting here trying to write something about the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and I just can’t seem to get excited. This week, the final Synthesis Report that summarises the IPCC’s massive Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) is out. It is the most important report on climate change that there is. It represents the latest agreed science on climate change, all wrapped up in a form that’s supposed to be digestible for policy makers and the media. I will use it again and again over the years ahead to help me to communicate about climate change with diverse audiences. But it fails to excite me. Why?