Friday Finds: Communications For Your Eyes

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Cocoon in a fold of paint.
I am crazy about Instagram. It’s my first-thing in the morning, last thing at night channel. Before tea or coffee even, it’s Instagram. I love connecting beyond words with the views of people all over the world.  I think I get a feel for some people through their captions, others use few captions so it’s just about the photos. Some I might sense through their profiles, others are so whimsical it’s hard to tell.

This is part of what I love about Instagram: a lot of it is poetry. It’s like a net. There are strings of words, but it’s really about what you see through them.   Read more

How We Speak of Each Other’s Health

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Vancouver has been unusually bound by snow and ice this winter, reminding me vividly of a couple of things. One- people who drive in Vancouver are inexperienced with snow. We just don’t get enough on a regular basis to maintain good skills. Two- we are all temporarily able-bodied, as an advocate friend of mine says.

At the beginning and end of our lives, and for some of us at other points as well, we will be dependent on others to help with our mobility and often at the simplest things- food, personal care. Snowy and icy sidewalks that were left uncleared reminded me of this as I watched people struggle and skidded about myself.

There is no us and them. Read more

Welcoming Site Visitors Home  

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Websites are made to connect and to move people. You want them to donate or buy. You want them to find resources or support. Whatever your website’s purpose, you need to make people feel welcome and comfortable moving around.

Imagine your website in real life- what kind of building is it? A factory? An office? A home? Read more

Friday Finds: For Better and for Worse in Health Communications

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It’s been a busy week. I haven’t been on Twitter much, because sometimes you just have to let it go. When I did hop onto Feedly here and there, I was glad to see these pieces on health communications.

What pulls all of these pieces together for me is their health literacy element. Simply defined, health literacy is the ability to understand health information so you can make informed choices. Life isn’t that simple though- health information might not always be health information; it could be advertising in disguise. Readers need to be aware what kind of information they’re reading. Is it advertising or education, or both? Read more

Friday Finds: Communications for Change

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“Take Care of Yourself. Take Care of Others. Take Care of this Place.”
This was the code of conduct written on the walls at my kids’ elementary school. I took a walk through the kids’ former schoolyard this week and saw the words again. It was a good message for the kids; it’s a good message for everyone. I made the decision to walk through social media and be online thoughtfully and minimally over the past few days. I needed to moderate all the bad news. As life is (thankfully), there are always good things happening even in a storm. Here are a couple of Friday Finds on energizing social change. Read more

Communications Balance in Unbalanced Times

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All hail Ann Douglas’ How To Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed By Your Newsfeed, a great read to save your soul and sanity. I’m a communicator, I should be communicating, but I am burying myself in work that doesn’t require I be up and into the hyperspace speed of Twitter because I too am feeling overwhelmed with the news of the world. Douglas offers practical (stick to your usual routines) and powerful (look for opportunities to take action) ways we can all aim for balance, and I was glad to see I’m on track. There IS a heckuva lot going on. Read more

#BellLetsTalk Campaign for Mental Health

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Today is Bell Let’s Talk day, a campaign that has four initiatives, one of which is recognizing the importance of destigmatizing mental health challenges. The campaign started in 2010 and Olympian Clara Hughes has been speaking up and out throughout its years. She has been open about her life with depression. Other celebrities have added their voices to the campaign along the way, including Mary Walsh, Howie Mandel, Serena Ryder and Michel Mpambara. Read more

Designing for Delight

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My partner and I had dinner with friends last night, and their daughters lurked on the stairs nearby listening to us gab and sing as we played cards. The girls had iPads and were bouncing around from app to app, savvy users at the age of eight. I know they’re old for me to be impressed, because they’ve been  masters for years, but I loved watching them because a) they’re two really interesting spirits I’ve known since they were born, and b) it is incredibly neat that they are so comfortable with their games. Read more

Be Better Than Handcrafted

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I was standing in line with a friend at one of the huge coffee chains the other day and snorted at the sign that crooned, in a soft yet solid font, about its handcrafted beverages.

“What does that even mean?” asked my friend.

“It means this big chain is trying to make its international recipe directions to staff look like a village business,” I said. I’ll admit I was snarky. Read more