Telling stories

We research, interview, write and promote stories about science and the people involved in science. Our skill is in taking complex, lengthy and often sensitive information and distilling this into concise and simple plain English. We tailor each story’s messages to the needs of specific audiences.

We tell stories through newspaper, magazines, TV, radio, video, website, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, newsletters.

We also tell stories about our natural, historical and cultural environments through interpretative experiences in visitor centres and museums, and on walks.

Our skills in photography and videography complement our writing skills. We love nothing better than to be out in the field with a bunch of researchers, farmers or fishers hearing and recording their stories and taking their pictures.

Project examples:

  1. We write stories for ECOS online blog. We attended the Climate Adaptation 2016 conference and interviewed CSIRO scientists to tell stories of their research: Pathways to prepare for and manage change; Identifying opportunities in a changing climate; Tackling climate change and regional security in the Pacific.
  2. We worked with the Crawford Fund to tell the stories of their young scholars involved in agricultural development. We delivered these stories through a promotional brochure and video clips.
  3. We developed and conceived of Climate Kelpie, a portal for Australian farmers and their advisors. It connects them to tools and information about climate to help them make decisions about their farm business. We worked with a sample set of farmers to specify the information architecture and navigation, and to test prototypes. We continue to add to and maintain this website. It includes stories of Climate Champion farmers and advisors and how they are managing their climate risk.
  4. We worked with managers and researchers at the International Water Management Institute (2014) to write and produce a 56-page booklet on water policy: On Target for People and Planet: Setting and Achieving Water-Related Sustainable Development Goals.
  5. We worked with the fisheries division of the Secretariat of Pacific Community to direct and manage their media efforts over a three-year period (2011-14). As part of this, we developed and disseminated a fact sheet, media release, TV news story and magazine story about a major climate change book: Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change. The campaign received widespread coverage across the Pacific with traditional and social media.
  6. We worked with our partners, Brandi Projects, to design an exhibition that interprets coral reef environments for the Museum of Tropical Queensland. The exhibit explores how coral and marine creatures communicate on the Great Barrier Reef through the following exhibits:
    • Coral Explorer: hold your breath as you go into the depths, watching video inside a submarine
    • Reef Hero: wave and jump around in front of the greenscreen to protect the reef from threats
    • Fishy Vision: look into the eyepieces to see how different reef animals see their world
    • Talking with Colour: pick the right answers on-screen to tricky questions about colour on the reef
    • Coral Bleaching: walk along this mural to see and understand the devastating phenomenon of bleaching.
  7. We work often on a pro bono basis, with the Philippines Landcare Foundation to help them shape their communication and promote conservation farming, particularly in the poor areas of Mindanao and Bohol in the south. We helped to create two books on Landcare. The first told the stories of the people involved, Landcare in the Philippines: people and places, (2004) and the second provided people in the Philippines and elsewhere with a manual, Landcare in the Philippines: a practical guide to getting it started and keeping it going (2009).