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Year-end greetings from Rain Barrel

Dear Friends, All of us here at Rain Barrel – Robert, Paul, Paula and Andrea – send you warm, end-of-year greetings. Once again, we want to share our news and plans for the year ahead – our 10th. As you know, we are very fortunate that Paula Claycomb agreed to become Rain Barrel’s third director […]

So, who are the experts?

There are eight tables of 70 participants. Each has a mix of creative media talent: radio or TV production staff, scriptwriters, composers/singers and animators. They also include people working in Early Child Development and members of the Content Advisory Group from an extremely popular children’s radio series, Itetero, that just completed its second season. And […]

Letter from a Scottish mother about corporal punishment

Rain Barrel is starting to collaborate with a coalition to end corporal punishment of children in the United States. We took part in the recent summit on the issue hosted by the New York Foundling Hospital. One of the participants sent us a powerful letter from a Scottish woman about smacking — what we call […]

Crisis Intervention in the Aftermath of Mexico’s Earthquake

A personal account by Ivonne Klein* On 19 September 2017, an earthquake that registered 7.1 on the Richter scale hit Mexico, causing 420 deaths in several parts of the country – Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, State of Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca.  In addition to its painful human toll, the quake felled hundreds of apartment buildings, […]

Concordia University’s tribute to Gary Coldevin

We were very moved to see this outpouring of affection and recognition for recently-deceased RBC Associate Gary Coldevin from Concordia University, where he taught for a quarter of a century.  We were honored to contribute to the university’s online tribute.  Gratitude and respect, dear Gary!  

Rain Barrel remembers Miguel d’Escoto

As the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly prepares to open on September 12, fireworks are expected around the controversial reform agenda.  But it will be hard to beat the 63rd Session in 2008-9 for controversy. President Miguel d’Escoto invited Rain Barrel director Paul Hoeffel to join his cabinet as his speechwriter, aware of his […]

Launch of the IAP 2017 Report

Rain Barrel is happy to see that an important report we worked on will be launched September 18th at UN headquarters.  The report focusses on the health and human rights of adolescents around the world — how they are getting far too little attention and support from the various “powers-that-be”. The Independent Accountability Panel 2017 Report is […]

“Sunny with a chance of apocalypse” — communication art and science grappling with climate change

This excellent article, published on The Conversation website where journalism and science seamlessly meet, encapsulates Rain Barrel’s overall approach to communication.  The section called “What we know from the literature” nicely summarizes what we frequently call “gain frame” communication, the positive framing of solutions to address social problems rooted in conscious or unconscious biases and ingrained […]