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The PR Industry at the Crossroads

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It should be boom times for the PR industry. And yet in the past few weeks, there have been surprising pronouncements from holding companies that indicate a lack of confidence in the PR business.

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Philanthropy 3.0

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I just met with Alexandre Mars, founder and CEO of the Epic Foundation. This is a Philanthropy 3.0 concept, beyond the long-term investor and activist investor model of Philanthropy 1.0 and 2.0.

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Employees Rule

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The employee is often twice as credible as the CEO and even ahead of the technical expert. In a world of dispersed authority, the battle for the truth will be won or lost with the employees.

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A Bridge Too Far

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The publicists for movies have long defined the outer edge of our profession, with outrageous stunts and feigned romances among stars. But a campaign for the film “A Cure for Wellness” has gone over the edge of decency and intelligence to irresponsibility.

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The Mighty Middle Market

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The ownership profile of the middle-market firm in Chicago differs from the rest of the country, with more family business and fewer publicly held or owned by private equity.

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Through the Looking Glass

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There are a few stunning results that should be taken very seriously by all of us in the communications world. We now reside in a house divided, with huge differences in views between those who voted for President Trump and for Hillary Clinton.

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Davos: A World Upside Down

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Davos 2017 was an unfamiliar and uneasy scene. The specter of populism loomed large, given Brexit, the U.S. election result and impending contests in France, Germany and Holland.

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An Implosion of Trust

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It has been a year of unimaginable upheaval. The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer finds that two-thirds of the countries we survey are now “distrusters.”

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GWEN: Progress and Recommitment

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Five years ago, Edelman launched the Global Women’s Empowerment Network. Richard Edelman will report on our progress, recognize our shortcomings and commit to reaching the ultimate goal, which is to be 50/50 in terms of leadership.

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Egypt and Israel

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I spent the past two weeks in these ancient lands, mostly vacation with a little work. I did get to meet with government officials, academics and entrepreneurs in both markets.

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