This Story Will Not Self-Destruct in 10 Seconds

Burnesser Ellen Wilson started in communications in 1986 with a telephone and a phone book. Lots has changed since then, but one thing has remained the same: the power of a good story.

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How Do You Conserve a Place That’s Inhabited?

When a government decides to conserve land by making it a national park, what happens to the Indigenous Peoples who have lived there for generations?

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“Designers for Good” Features Shannon Ryan

Why does design matter for social change? Burnesser Shannon Ryan answers this question and more in AIGA Baltimore’s "Designers for Good" interview series.

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Save the Ugali!

I recently visited smallholder farmers in Iringa, Tanzania, with a team of nine journalists. We learned that ugali, the most common staple starch in my home country of Kenya, is under threat! But we also saw some incredible projects underway to save the dish.

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“Let the Data Speak for Themselves” is Bad Advice

Professor David Williams, public health researcher at Harvard, frames the black-white life expectancy gap with a metaphor to help people understand the data.

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Can Teamwork Make a Dream Work in Montgomery County?

Montgomery County is home to 88,000 people who are food insecure, which means they don't know when or how they'll get their next meal. A new bill—supported by Burness—aims to change that.

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Who Claps at a Funeral?

Adam Zimmerman describes what it was like to be at President Obama’s town hall on policing, race relations and guns.

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Speed Panels Can Work: Five Lessons for Panel Planners

Want to keep your audience engaged during a panel? Here are some tips.

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Introducing the Jargon Jar

The Burness blog team recently unveiled the jargon jar, a new initiative to help us use better words. Here's how it works.

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If You Care About Children’s Health, We’ve Got Good News

From Colorado to Cherokee County, South Carolina, several places have seen declining childhood obesity rates. Each community has a unique story. But there are some common themes.

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