Tag Archives: anxiety

Preparing for Covid-19 in the Community When Borders Start to Re-Open

Let’s imagine that we have a vaccination campaign that has gone really well in New Zealand, with a high proportion of the population receiving the Pfizer / BioNTech jab. As more people get vaccinated, community protection also increases. Let’s also imagine that, globally, numbers of cases of Covid-19 have fallen dramatically, but pandemic coronavirus variants […]

Exiting Covid-19: Changing our relationship with the future

In my lengthy blog post yesterday, I talked about what the exit narrative for New Zealand may look like now we know more about the vaccination strategy. Thinking further about this, what I’ve realised is that the task is about changing New Zealanders’ relationship with the future. Let me explain. When the pandemic started, it […]

Now that the Vaccine Pathway is Clearer, What is the Exit Narrative?

This psychologically-informed post offers suggestions for reframing the current narrative for strategic, high level Covid-19 communications. My analysis describes the current successful minority influence approach, but also the risks of continuing along this path. I propose moving from a story of safeguarding to a narrative of the potential benefits that are unlocked through vaccine uptake […]

New Zealand: Multiple Hazards, Multiple Uncertainties

The two earthquakes overnight offshore are likely to have woken many people up, who then had trouble getting back to sleep, or who had to evacuate because they lived in a potential tsunami-risk area. Or perhaps they had kids who were frightened and couldn’t get back to sleep. Or maybe you slept through the whole […]

Remember the Canterbury Earthquake Rollercoaster? Covid19 is a Rollercoaster too

I remember back to when I first started pushing back in Central Government on NZ on the idea  that the Canterbury Earthquake recovery would be done in 2 years. This was the conversation that was happening in rooms in which I was being asked to provide advice, and appearing in documents too. One of the […]

How Quickly can the UK Variant of the Coronavirus Spread in a School Environment?

The latest Auckland outbreak and the associated Level 3 restrictions can give us a clue as to just how transmissible the UK variant of the coronavirus can be in a school environment. This concerns me. The big bang approach to schools re-opening in England on March 8 was first going to be supported with mandatory […]

Low Risk Does Not Mean No Risk: This is the Comms Challenge Now

Low risk doesn’t mean no risk.  This is the coronavirus comms challenge now.  Anger directed against what is essentially a highly mobile, adaptive and close to inanimate object whose sole purpose of being is to replicate itself quickly and widely doesn’t really make sense.  So we direct our ire towards the unwitting hosts of the […]

Fresh Uncertainty Means Level 3 Again in Auckland

The situation explained at the 9pm conference is dynamic and very difficult,  with Auckland being plunged into a high level of uncertainty again. Our sense of psychological safety is being challenged from multiple directions – not only by the potential spread of the virus that is being actively tested and traced, but also through people […]

Cover Story for The Business Influencer Magazine

Really pleased to be featured as a cover story in the new issue of The Business Influencer magazine in the UK: “Lessons from New Zealand for the World.” “Most people have been looking for a clean break from the trials of 2020. The advent of safe and approved vaccines have given many hope that the […]

“Steady” audiobook now available globally to buy

IT’S HERE! I’m so please to announce that my audiobook of “Steady, Keeping Calm in a World Gone Viral” is now GLOBALLY AVAILABLE. And it’s also amazing to announce that the vocal artist I invited to partner with my on the project – Daniel Henning – has just been announced as a finalist in the […]