Community

Our community work

Dr Neil James is president of the Plain Language Association InterNational (PLAIN). We sponsor and take part in PLAIN's biennial conference, as well as conferences with hosts like:

See our Think tank for key conference papers. 

Advancing our profession

From 2008 to 2015, Neil also chaired the International Plain Language Working Group, developing:

  • a highly anticipated options paper
  • a common definition for plain language.

Award judging

We love seeing organisations succeed in adopting plain language, and helping to celebrate their efforts.

We have helped to judge the:

The 11th International PLAIN Conference was a great success.
The 11th International PLAIN Conference was a great success.
Dr Neil James gives the vote of thanks at the Mayoral reception
Dr Neil James gives the vote of thanks at the Mayoral reception
The opening reception
The opening reception
Neil gives the opening address
Neil gives the opening address
Susan Kleimann and Neil James's workshop on evaluating plain language communication
Susan Kleimann and Neil James's workshop on evaluating plain language communication
A conference breakout session
A conference breakout session
Plain Language Achievement Award winner Annetta Cheek with Neil James
Plain Language Achievement Award winner Annetta Cheek with Neil James
The PLAIN Board
The PLAIN Board
The closing session
The closing session
The 12th International PLAIN conference will be held in Oslo, Norway in 2019
The 12th International PLAIN conference will be held in Oslo, Norway in 2019

Our media work

Neil regularly contributes to The Mandarin on the importance of clear communication. His series includes strategic models for reform and what distinguishes plain English editing. He also reveals the lighter side of language on radio.

See On air and in print for his collected work.

In our campaign for ethical public language, we highlight spin, doublespeak, jargon, frankenwords and other nasties in our annual Worst Word of the Year list. Share your finds with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Defining plain language

A communication is in plain language if its wording, structure and design are so clear that the intended audience can easily find what they need, understand what they find and use that information.

International Plain Language Working Group

Our conference

Our PLAIN 2009 conference in Sydney hosted over 300 people from 14 countries.

The conference gave us 45 fascinating sessions with expert speakers.

See our archive.

Program

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Videos