Tag Archives: risk communication

A black eye for the anti-windfarm issue

Allegations about supposed health effects are a common challenge for issue managers.  And there are few health issues with so little scientific evidence and so much emotion as claims that wind turbines cause a whole catalogue of illnesses. But the campaign … Continue reading

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No more ‘abundance of caution’ … please

When organizations get into trouble it’s time for clear and open communication, not hiding behind silly phrases to somehow redefine the situation. One of those foolish phrases we need to retire is “abundance of caution” which is taking root in … Continue reading

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When should big business stop playing nice?

Community engagement is a crucial element of issue management for successful companies proposing development projects. Now a surprise legal outcome in Victoria has raised important questions about how far objectors can go without accountability.  And when a corporation can legitimately say … Continue reading

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My mum the health risk expert

Worried mothers and helpless babies are two potent symbols when it comes to raising the latest health scare. So how should companies and regulators respond when faced with risk allegations about yet another product? The most recent story began two weeks … Continue reading

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Superstar or scientist: who do you believe?

  Managing issues is hard enough – yet scientific uncertainty about the facts makes it even more difficult. And the intervention of celebrity activists can make it virtually impossible. A new paper published this month* re-examines a notorious issue controversy … Continue reading

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