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Susan C. Strong, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Metaphor Project. She is also the author of our new book, MOVE OUR MESSAGE: HOW TO GET AMERICA'S EAR, available on our website. The mission of the Metaphor Project is helping Democrats, liberals and progressives learn how to mainstream their messages by framing them as part of the best American story.


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Hurricane Odile, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 30, 2020
Framing #ClimateDamage for the #ClimateHoldouts This article gives reasons why we need new frames to describe #ClimateDamage to the #ClimateHoldouts. It also includes some suggestions for these new frames.
Science and Technology, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 29, 2019
Use Smart Words to Stop #NukeDoomsday This article shows how two common myths about nuclear weapons, and the words that evoke them, are getting in the way of new policies to cut the constant risk of a #NukeDoomsday. We can change people's minds about this threat if we and our candidates use the right language.
The Statue of Liberty calls us to move forard!, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 7, 2019
Say: "Move America Forward?" This article offers an idea for the 2020 Democratic campaign slogan, along with a wealth of free links and suggestions for activists to use in coming up with their own versions, both for the campaign itself and for their own 2020 issue slogans.
Freedom, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 6, 2019
Being Clear About What #TrueAmericanFreedom Means! This article shows how we can counter the GOP's 2020 campaign slogan about "freedom vs.socialism" using a hash tag with some key follow up points. It also makes some suggestions about ways to avoid using GOP language in self-destructive ways.
Springing the GOP Trap, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Springing the GOP Trap This article contains an extensive primer with examples of how to counter GOP slogans and frames with effective language of our own. Tactics and pitfalls to avoid are included.
GOTV Plus: How to make sure they do!, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 11, 2018
GOTV Plus: Revisiting How to frame it "American" Now This article is a compact review of how to "speak American" when doing GOTV. It contains resources to help everyone remind voters of what we Americans believe we all deserve and who we are at our best.
Tracking a Superstorm, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 24, 2018
Framing Our Climate March Messages to Persuade: September 2018 This article provides an overview of the best way to frame our September 8th Climate March signs and slogans, and it includes many specific suggestions as well.
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Not just for the 4th. . ., From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 9, 2018
How to frame it "American" Now: Summer 2018 This article explains how to frame our messages now in ways that evoke the best American values for the majority of Americans. It is full of resources and links to even more helping tools.
What Veterans say about war: Minnesota anti-war protesters in Washington DC, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 14, 2018
How to use "#SharedSecurityWorks. #PreemptiveWarFails!" Now This article suggests important frames for the situation we face right now with Bolton and Pompeo, plus new U.S.strikes on Syria. Included in the article is a wealth of resources to help you fill out your argument, once you have gotten attention with your remarks about how #SharedSecurityWorks, and #PreemptiveWarFails.
Pedro Alvarez batting 2 6/19/2010 shows how Americans can step up and hit it out of the GOP/Trump park., From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 14, 2018
What "#(Americans)StepUp _______" Can Do Right Now This article shows how we can boost our spirits with some good news about things people are doing locally to counter DC destruction, as well as stimulate the creativity that will lead to a rebirth of our nation after the DC demolition derby is a thing of the past.
From flickr.com: #GOPMakesWarOnAmerica!, From Images
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Say: "Stop the GOP war on America: (fill in the blanks). " This article suggests ways we can frame the GOP assault on America, Americans, and American values by using variants of "Stop the GOP War on America:------." It also gives a rationale for using the "war on. . ." frame in this context, and answers other objections activists might have to this frame.
Satellite View of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012

Protect Americans from .fossil-fueled climate chaos!., From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 22, 2017
Reframe "climate change," in 3 Steps! This blog suggests some new and more powerful ways to reframe "climate change," explaining why we need to do this, and how to think about it.
NY Statue of Liberty, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 1, 2017
How to Write Slogans That Move! (Better than "a better deal!") by Susan C. Strong This article critiques the Democrats' weak new slogan (and platform),"A Better Deal,"shows exactly why the title is so weak, and offers a set of time-tested criteria for creating much better slogans that can go viral with power.
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Some of our senators do show common sense!, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 15, 2017
Say "Build a common sense American future!" This article makes the case that our best tactic now and going into 2018 is calling for a "common sense" U.S. future. The piece includes specific examples of why this is the right way to go. It also demonstrates how to use future GOP/Trump inanities to make this case.
We can frame our messages to be more persuasive than this!, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 3, 2017
Framing Our March Signs to Persuade This article provides a complete mini-tutorial in framing our messages to persuade by "speaking American," whether we are making signs for our protest marches, lobbying our legislators, or doing voter outreach.
Trump voters lost, they just don't know it yet, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 30, 2017
Getting Heard Beyond the Choir This article lays out a set of language tools for reaching beyond those already resisting Trump/Bannon's outrages now, to Trump voters who will also be unhappy soon. To succeed, we will need more than "after the fact" resistance from progressives.
Moon Rise behind the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 3, 2016
Say: "Clean Energy Jobs Now!" This article suggests an updated approach to framing climate protection action now, given the Trump victory and the nature of the GOP-dominated Congress we have now. The blog contains framing language suggestions for focusing on clean energy jobs that stay home in the U.S., and could appeal to Trump voters. Getting them to lobby for these is the best outcome!
International Day of Climate Action - Toronto Chapter goes positive., From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 15, 2016
Re Climate Action: "Protect & Prevent" or "Make War & Control"? This article suggests better framing for our climate action messages to the general public than "make war" and "control." It's based on a review of the most up-to-date framing research for this issue, and it argues that using positive incentives will help a President Hillary Clinton much better.
Eagles having a democratic conversation about reform., From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Hope: Grass Roots Bipartisans at Work Right Now This long form report about the real grass roots wave of bipartisan renewal happening all over our country right now is very timely, because it shows that the bitter political paralysis in D.C. can change. The article contains many links for direct access to contacts and info about how local, regional, and state citizens are doing it.
Let's celebrate the truth!, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 25, 2016
Redeem Our Nation's Honor! This article proposes a frame that could express simply what we need to do about the rising tide of hate and intolerance in our country: redeem our nation's honor. The article includes links to a number of excellent resources for expanding on that work, as well as suggestions for ways to frame various parts of messages we need.

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