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Tim Ward
Tim Ward is an author, publisher, teacher, and traveler. He has written
five books about his travels through Thailand, India, China, Tibet, Greece
and Southern Europe, and most recently East Africa. Tim is also the publisher of Changemakers Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing, dedicated to books on personal and global transformation.

Tim also co-owns a global training business, Intermedia Communications Training, with his wife and business partner, Teresa Erickson. They teach scientists, economists and development experts how to communicate effectively. They live in Maryland, where Tim spends his spare time kayaking in the Potomac and planning his next trek.

Entries by Tim Ward

The Missing Link in Science Communications Training

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 2:19 PM

Are scientists any good at communications? A lot of people - including scientists - would say "no." A whole industry has built up around the idea that scientists can be trained to improve their skills as public communicators. It's been part of my own business too: the company I co-own,...

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Building a Safer World: 5 Questions for Francis Ghesquiere on How Innovation Is Changing the Way We Look at Disaster Risk

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 2:21 PM

Innovation is already changing the way we live, commute, shop, and more. But can it make the world a safer place from growing climate and disaster risk? According to the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the answer is a resounding yes. The biennial

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Sea Otters Restoring the Balance: 5 Question for Dr. Brent Hughes

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 4:32 PM

In Star Wars, The galaxy desperately needs heroes who can restore balance to the Force - from Luke Skywalker to the new heroine, Rey, in Episode VII. In the world of conservation biology, a similar quest is underway to find species who can restore the balance to the forces of...

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Bark Beetles, Wildfires, and Our Forests: 5 Questions for Dr. Brian J. Harvey

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 8:10 AM

The last several decades have seen an increase in deadly bark beetle outbreaks and severe wildfires throughout western North America, killing trees throughout tens of millions of acres of forests from Arizona to Alaska. Although tree-killing beetles and wildfires are native to these forests, the recent increases in both disturbances...

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Can Trout Evolve to Survive Climate Change? 5 Questions for Dr. Mariah Meek.

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 3:56 AM

Humanity's ability to predict and plan for the effects of climate change is constrained by lack of understanding of the capacity of living creatures to adapt to changing conditions. One scientist who is tackling this issue is Dr. Mariah Meek of Cornell University. Meek studies brook trout in upstate New...

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Six Lines to Help you Stay on Message in a Media Interview

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 2:14 AM

(This blogpost was written together with Teresa Erickson and originally published on the Society for conservation Biology blog).

In our careers as journalists and advisors to scientists, economists, policy experts and leaders in how to deal with the media, one of the most important skills that we...

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Building Safer Cities: 5 Questions for Francis Ghesquiere

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 10:32 AM

We have heard horrifying stories and seen images from Nepal, Haiti, and Pakistan, of people buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings. Tragic, yes. Inevitable? Certainly not. A new report by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) shows that in some cities, disaster-related deaths due...

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Shrinking Cities- a Refuge for Bees: 5 Questions for Dr. Rebecca Tonietto

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2016 | 4:20 PM

Most people are aware of colony collapse among bee populations in recent years, and that a group of agricultural pesticides, neonicotinoids are to blame. Though these poisons are now in the process of being banned by the EPA, pollinators are struggling. One unique approach to helping them recover is creating...

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Drought in the American Southwest: 5 Questions for Dr. Michael Bogan

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 6:15 PM

Climate change will mean more extremes in wet and dry cycles in the American Southwest, including longer and more intense droughts than the region has experienced in the past 50 years. Dr. Michael Bogan of the University of Arizona studies the impact of climate change on waterways. I interviewed him...

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13 Things you should never say in a media interview

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 10:38 AM

(Written together with Teresa Erickson)

We are two former journalists (and co-authors of The Master Communicator's Handbook) who for twenty years have been teaching leaders and experts how to give good interviews. Here are 13 things you should never say in a media interview. If you do say...

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Is Oyster Aquaculture Good for the Bay? 5 Questions for Dr. Ashley Smyth

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 12:07 PM

The EPA has put the Chesapeake Bay on a low-pollution diet, limiting the total amount of pollutants, such as nutrients and sediment. One surprising ally in the battle to save the Bay is the oyster. I interviewed Dr. Ashley Smyth, a Scientist at the VA Institute of Marine Science about...

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5 Questions About Social Marketing for Dr. Diogo Verissimo

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 11:59 PM

Social marketing campaigns aim to influence the behavior of a target group in a way that benefits both the individual and society. This field has seen increasing efforts by conservationists seeking to address key threats to nature. However, there are many challenges to the successful application of social marketing and...

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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Communicators

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 4:07 PM

(This post was written together with Teresa Erickson, my co-author and business partner).

In our work as communications experts and advisors, we often hear our clients ask for a short list of effective communications tips. We've boiled it down for them to "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Communicators." To improve...

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Five questions for Dr. Chelsea Rochman about Plastic in our Seas and Seafood.

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 3:02 PM

Plastic is everywhere. Not just in our homes and cars and offices - it has moved beyond our garbage bins and can be found littered on our city streets, parks and beaches. As a consequence, we increasingly see it on our beaches and in our rivers, lakes and oceans. There's...

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7 Advantages for Republicans if They Owned the Climate Debate

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 10:11 AM

Now that a global climate deal has been struck in Paris, it's up to each nation to live up to its commitments. Republicans leaders in Congress have vowed to fight anything to do with climate change. But there are many good reasons smart Republicans should reevaluate their resistance to both...

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4 Mistakes Scientists Make When They Communicate

(5) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 1:59 PM

This article was written in collaboration with Teresa Erickson and originally published in the Society for Conservation Biology News Blog, here.

As communication experts and authors of The Master Communicator's Handbook, we have worked with scientists for 15 years - biologists, anthropologists, medical researchers, and climate...

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5 Questions for the World Bank on the Meaning of the Paris Climate Deal

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 10:53 AM

In the aftermath of the historic Paris climate deal, many people are still trying to decipher what it really means, and how the slim, negotiated document will be put into action. To illuminate the details of this agreement , I interviewed John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change Group for...

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5 Questions for Joe Romm on What Everyone Needs to Know ABout Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 3:15 PM

"Climate Change will have a bigger impact on your family, friends and all humanity than the Internet," begins Dr. Joseph Romm's new book, Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press). Romm is the founding editor of the blog Climate Progress. For me, his blog has...

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5 Questions for Dr. Wade Davis on Indigenous Communities and the Paris Climate Talks

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 2:35 PM

PARIS - Dr. Wade Davis holds the University of British Columbia BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk. He is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence, bestselling author and the winner of the Samuel Johnson prize for literature for his breathtaking book about Mount Everest, Into the Silence....

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5 Questions on the Paris Climate Deal for Keya Chatterjee, Head of the U.S. Climate Action Network

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2015 | 11:17 PM

A historic climate pact has been heralded as a success by world leaders. Meanwhile, protestors on the streets of Paris decry the deal as a disaster. To bring some clarity to these clashing perspectives, I interviewed Keya Chatterjee, executive director of the U.S. Climate Action Network -- a diverse set...

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