Arts and Community
The arts thrive best with broad public support, but for that to happen people need to see the arts as a public good... Read More
Sustainable Food Systems
Most Americans prefer not to look too closely at the damaging and unsustainable aspects of their food supply system... Read More
Public Structures in American Life
Topos research shows that Americans’ dim view of Government is due in part to a conceptual blindness... Read More
Communicating Climate Change
Despite decades of news coverage that uses the simplifying idea of a greenhouse effect, most Americans still don’t get it... Read More
Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
Attitudes about proliferation change when we come to see our own nuclear weapons as a liability rather than an asset... Read More
There are serious consequences when we hand over control of public goods and institutions to private companies... Read More
When traditional tools aren’t enough
The Topos approach is designed to go beyond conventional research and strategy — which has often led advocates to a “plateau” of support that they can’t seem to get beyond — by taking into account the cognitive and cultural foundations of a public interest issue… more
Transforming the landscape of public understanding
When is a “win” not a win?
Reviving the idea that the arts are a public good
We may be better off not using the word inequality as a leading idea, and using other words for now.
This memo reviews our recent research findings on how to clarify for people why raising the minimum wage is good for all of us.
Of the public opinion research projects I’ve been involved with, this effort with Topos was the most valuable. It has changed how we work, how we articulate our agenda and how we think about our work in profound and substantive ways. The concepts that came from the research have been embraced as core campaign strategies by advocates across the country.
– Donald Cohen, Executive Director, In the Public Interest