A Productive Look is a blog by Jas Johl, a women's policy expert with a degree in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University and a passion to share ideas about women's policy advances.

This word makes you seem extra persuasive

This word makes you seem extra persuasive

"Are you the type of person to mediate? Yes or no. What was really interesting about the mediation “willings” is that if you ask someone “Are you interested in mediation?” they might say yes or no. But if you ask them if they’re willing to mediate, that requires them saying something about the type of person that they are.

That particular phrasing, in other words, tweaks the nature of the ask — a question that was formerly about an immediate action is now about a person’s boundaries, what they can find doable or palatable in a broader sense. “So, if we change words, we change outcomes,”

Read the full NYMag piece, here

Does greater religious diversity in your social network make you less religious?

Does greater religious diversity in your social network make you less religious?

We tend to think that the way we behave - including the way we talk - is because of our personalities, gender, or culture.

We tend to think that the way we behave - including the way we talk - is because of our personalities, gender, or culture.