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The Climate Change Imperative

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Last night, I had dinner with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who has taken a leadership role in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Sachs is seeking a step-reduction in CO2 emissions.

Malevich

When Art Sponsorship Makes Sense

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I was impressed by one man’s journey, from the impressionist school as a young man, to founder of Suprematism, to an enthusiastic supporter of the Revolution, to a deeply depressed and shocked witness to the horrors of Stalinism.

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Plutocrats

Plutocrats

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I’ve just finished reading Chrystia Freeland’s new book, Plutocrats, which comes out on October 15. She ascribes the rise of the new global super-elite to the twin gilded ages of rapid development in the BRIC nations, plus the technology revolution.

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Diversity: The Continuing Challenge

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I met yesterday with Dr. Lorraine Branham, Dean of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. We discussed the successful internship program that we initiated at Edelman this summer with seven Newhouse students—the Edelman Newhouse Diversity Interns.

Michael Berland

Method to the Madness

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Edelman made two big moves this week. We hired Michael Berland to run our new global research business, Edelman Berland. We also launched our new corporate web site, Edelman.com, which aims to be a media brand hybrid. These seemingly disconnected decisions are actually linked to our deep conviction that the next phase for our company will see us aim to be the preferred choice (as a PR firm) among communications options.

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The 2012 London Olympics

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I have just returned from the Olympic Games in London. It was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. Prior to this, I had only been to the opening ceremony of the 1984 games in Los Angeles for client Fuji Film. This time around, I made it to events including volleyball and tennis. Here are a few of my observations from the trip.

Monument at Beaumont Hamel for Newfoundland regiment, Battle of the Somme

In Flanders Field

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When I went to the UK for business beginning in the early 80s, I stayed at the Hilton in Chelsea Harbor near our office on The King's Road. As I would go for a walk after work, I would pass elderly gents dressed in full red uniform with war decorations near the Chelsea Hospital for veterans. Then in the fall, I saw Brits sporting black paper circles with a red middle, to commemorate the losses in WWI. I made a promise to visit Flanders Fields when I had a chance. Today was the day.

Trust Me, I’m Lying

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Last weekend, I was having lunch with a journalist. She took out a copy of the new book, “Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.” She told me it was a disturbing portrayal of public relations and a challenge to the integrity of the media. With that in mind, I was set to revile the book in this blog post in my best prophet Jeremiah style. But I cannot do that because the author, Ryan Holiday, has several important admonitions for PR practitioners.

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