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Keeping the important stuff in mind: a tip for annual reports

It’s time to start piece of writing no one wants to hear about: annual reports. Generally, their mention makes people sob and horses bolt. True enough, the worst sort of annual report is stupefyingly dull. But these reports are required by statute, and can be invaluable for outsiders who want to look at the entrails of an Read more about Keeping the important stuff in mind: a tip for annual reports[…]

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What makes a great editor?

By Robert Garran, A few weeks ago, my twitter feed lit up with tweets praising, of all people, an editor who had just died. I could have let them pass by—like so many tweets—but these tweets had great passion. So in a spare moment I followed the link. The tributes brought a tear to my eye: Read more about What makes a great editor?[…]

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Commonly confused words

  From the Ethos CRS Editing Team If you want to discover words you’ve never heard of and never thought you’d use, bureaucracies—both government and corporate—can be the place to go. New terms, jargon, acronyms and euphemisms bombard you every day. And not only that—you may be expected to use them! Of course, the best Read more about Commonly confused words[…]

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Critical reasoning and strategic decision making—Analysis, values and persuasion in public policy

By John Preston In ancient Greek mythology, Theseus—the founder of Greek democracy—entered the Labyrinth on the island of Minos and conquered the Minotaur. Theseus was renowned for his great strength, courage and—above all—wit. Today’s regulatory and policy environments are a labyrinth worthy of Theseus. Public policy professionals—tasked with producing coherent and effective regulations—must display Theseus-like Read more about Critical reasoning and strategic decision making—Analysis, values and persuasion in public policy[…]

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Farewell to Anne McCaig

One of our expert facilitators, Anne McCaig is signing off after five years with Ethos. Monday was her last day and she finished up with a two-hour coaching session at the Department of Health and Human Services. In her five years at Ethos CRS, Anne delivered 231 workshops and dozens of coaching sessions, she wrote speeches and developed Read more about Farewell to Anne McCaig[…]

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-ise vs -ize

Using an ‘s’ over a ‘z’ is one of the most obvious differences between Australian English and American English. It’s an area of huge debate—when are the grammar rules of opposing English-speaking countries ever not?—but also of huge confusion. Everyday grammarians are aware that some words must include a ‘z’, no matter the country it Read more about -ise vs -ize[…]

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Ready, steady, go! – Bridging the science—influence—policy divide in public sector policy

By John Preston Let’s face it; if facts were enough, we wouldn’t still be discussing the science of climate change, would we? And yet here we are. Why is this? Could the problem lie with the fact that we don’t equip our scientists with the skills they need to influence policymakers—particularly where there are competing claims? Read more about Ready, steady, go! – Bridging the science—influence—policy divide in public sector policy[…]

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Sticky tales—Tell a story to make ideas memorable

By Robert Garran  ‘A storm is brewing over spectacular Katherine Gorge about Aboriginal land rights.’ Back when I was a rookie journalist on the Age in the 1980s, I wrote an article that began something like that. I’ve forgotten the details, beyond that it was about a land rights claim by the Jawoyn people, but Read more about Sticky tales—Tell a story to make ideas memorable[…]

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Structure—A crucial ingredient of successful writing

By Robert Garran I’ve started reading an insightful book by Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times—called Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century—that provides a great example of the importance of structure in driving compelling writing. The book starts with a blurb summing up the argument in two sentences: ‘The West’s domination of world Read more about Structure—A crucial ingredient of successful writing[…]

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Changing 18C—Why knowing your environment could help

For some, the debate about changing free speech provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 is a tenth-order issue. The Deputy Prime Minister, for example, has been quoted in Fairfax papers as saying, “It is definitely not the issue people are talking about in the beer garden on Friday night or at the counters of banks, or to Read more about Changing 18C—Why knowing your environment could help[…]

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