Reports by and about Cleo Paskal: Associate Fellow Chatham House, London, UK; Trudeau Fellow, CÉRIUM, Canada; Adjunct Faculty Manipal University, India. Author Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, And Political Crises Will Redraw The World Map.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Cleo Paskal Quoted in: In an angry, tech-savvy world, where do think tanks fit in? (opencanada.org)
Cleo Paskal, an associate fellow with Britain’s Chatham House and a visiting fellow at the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales de l'Université de Montréal, says when it comes to getting a specific idea across to a specific audience, whether that be government officials or members of the public, it’s all about the language.
“One of the things I looked at was how Hurricane Katrina had political and economic implications,” Paskal recalls. “Now you could say, it’s climate change, and then a whole bunch of doors get shut in your face. You could say, it’s environmental issues, and then a bunch of different doors get shut in your face. But if you say geophysical change – which is a word that nobody really knows – you’re not carrying the baggage. So you can actually get to the point where you have the discussion about these issues, which they want to have, but they don’t want to have to capture all the baggage from the other words,” she says. “I’d much prefer to understand everybody else’s operating environment, everybody else’s language, and make it easier for them to understand what I’m trying to say.”