Six Things Newsletter | February 9, 2021

In this week's Six Things, Paul Carroll tackles the insurance industry's archaic and often downright unfriendly language. Plus, the next wave of insurtech; insurance 2030: implications for today; increasing regulation on climate change; and more.


Let’s Watch Our Language

Paul Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of ITL

During a podcast I recorded last week with Capgemini’s global insurance lead, Seth Rachlin, we went on at some length about a pet peeve of mine: the insurance industry’s archaic and often downright unfriendly language.

While I’ve hit this topic before (most notably here), I haven’t exactly seen much change in the past several years, so I’ll keep harping on the problem. I realize that not everyone focuses on language as much as I do — coming from a family with half a century as copy editors at the Wall Street Journal will shape your perspective — but I believe that insurance’s insular language limits our ability to entertain outside perspectives.

As the saying goes, “We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us.”... continue reading >




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sponsored by Messagepoint

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Learn how organizations can overcome the challenge of transforming communications by combining AI-powered approaches and best practices.

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Increasing Regulation on Climate Change
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Blockchain has held out this promise for some time now. It’s lost a bit of its shine because it’s been identified as a hot technology of the year for so many years in a row. But it may be coming into its own, with some uses starting to move into production.

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