The Rocky Mountain Communication Institute, a non-profit think tank based in Boulder, Colorado, has emerged as a thought leader in applying insightful research that helps leaders, educators, and communities make better decisions.
Our flagship project, Medium, Message, and Meaning, is a decade long, cross-platform research endeavor incorporating interpretive research on news and information. The Medium, Message, and Meaning project uncovers and responds to the challenges and advantages posed by 24×7 information, and creates a call to action in our communities and workplaces to maximize how the brain interprets and reacts to news and information.
24x7 Information Culture
What is the potential impact of constant information on our brain’s decision-making function? In paying attention to tweets, bright blinking computer lights, and pop-ups on our smartphones, are we simply reacting while missing the opportunity to learn from events around us and make decisions from the data?
Information and Teamwork
In partnership with the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, we study information, reading, and team development at a very young age: elementary school students.
Meaning making, Communication, and Leadership
How does a leader's message make meaning within organizations? A message from a leader, either written or spoken, can have significantly different interpretation and impact based on the choice of words alone.
Imagine if Mitt Romney had fired National Guard service men and women from his companies when they were on duty? What if Secretary Clinton started Clinton University with questionable admissions and grading standards? I am going to go out on a limb here and say both candidates would have been ruined faster than you could[…]
Facebook’s trending news topics are a hot topic of conversation, but I can’t help but think we are blaming the messenger, not the message. Saying Facebook is ruining journalism is kind of like saying Microsoft and spell check have ruined my grammar. Sure I could slow down and check the words I mistype, or even open up[…]
Over the past decade I have been studying the impact of excessive information in our workplaces and world, and no messages are as intense or lengthy than those on the US Presidential campaign trail. But information overload is not just caused by Mr. Trump’s twitter account and 24×7 news. To understand why we have too[…]
Today, the NYTimes asked readers: Is Facebook Saving Journalism or Ruining It? I wonder if we are missing the bigger issue. I posted this comment. Facebook compliments traditional journalism, or maybe it will replace it. But are we missing the bigger point? While we need real journalism to learn about information in the world, being connected[…]
Information is addictive. Yes, constant information – e.g. your work email always up and running, FaceBook or Twitter notifications beeping on your phone every 5 seconds, and 24×7 news available everywhere you look – can have the same impact on your brain as caffeine. Like caffeine, the right amount can get you going and make[…]
I have heard from a number of colleagues that this presidential election just does not excite them and they are beginning to tune it all out. While someone could blame the candidates’ personalities or constant fighting, there could be a more simple answer: our brains are tired. Even for the smartest and savvy citizen, there[…]
Getting information about current events can be just as challenging as it was to maintain focus back in grade school or to pay attention to work when lunch plans are being made. Today, new tweets come as quickly as you can read 140 characters. If you still get your news on television, especially cable television,[…]
Technology gives us the ability to easily find time on calendars to meet, chat virtually with someone many time zones away, or visually share information in real time. Technology can also help communication happen more quickly and efficiently. However, technology still can’t do one thing quite yet — it can’t think for you. Sure Siri[…]