The Developing Architecture of a Child’s Brain
New science changes how we look at the link between brain development and a child’s environment... more
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... more
Sustainable Food Systems
Most Americans prefer not to look too closely at the damaging and unsustainable aspects of their food supply system... more
Public Structures in American Life
Topos research shows that Americans’ dim view of Government is due in part to a conceptual blindness... 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... more
Nuclear Weapons Proliferation
Attitudes about proliferation change when we come to see our own nuclear weapons as a liability rather than an asset... more
There are serious consequences when we hand over control of public goods and institutions to private companies... 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
At the 14th Conference of the National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU), Axel Aubrun screened one of Topos Partnership’s ReFrame Videos, which demonstrates how people’s thinking about privatization changes when the topic is reframed as “handing over control.”
It’s important for advocates to continue the framing of minimum wage as good for the entire economy, or “all of us”. As it becomes entrenched, the idea that higher wages advance workers, communities and the economy, will inoculate against “job killer” attacks and allow progressives to be on offense, not defense.
Topos is a wonderful new resource for those who want to better understand change in order to create change for the future. The Topos partners combine seat of the pants cognitive science with unconventional wisdom and innovative public opinion research to create state of the art change.
Lawrence Wallack, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University;
Emeritus Professor, Public Health, University of California, Berkeley;
Co-Founder, The Longview Institute