I'm dedicating my Giving Tuesday #unselfie to the University of Chicago Medical Center and will match any donations made today or tomorrow to this charity.
I was the honoree for the Children’s Aid Society’s (CAS) Annual Benefit this year. It was a first for me, a recognition of my board service but more specifically my deep interest in helping kids in poverty in New York City.
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I am returning from the Wall Street Journal’s annual environmental conference in Santa Barbara. The tone of the event changed profoundly this year. The heretofore simple orthodoxy that companies can “do well by doing good” with regards to environmental performance is evolving, if not experiencing complete metamorphosis. Emerging is a more ecumenical approach to environmentalism [...]
As noted in my recent blog post from Davos, there was a surprising consensus among CEOs that business must prove its positive contribution to society, not merely its returns for shareholders. Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico (disclosure: a client) describes this as Performance with Purpose, a sustainable business model that recognizes the reality of a [...]
When Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal, reviewed True/Slant–an online news organization started nine months ago by Lew Dvorkin, former AOL editor-in-chief—he said: “It is clear what you are getting—editorial or advertorial—a blend of journalism and social networking.” In December, True/Slant surpassed one million unique visitors in the month and features 300 credible contributors including Miles [...]
The controversy surrounding the release of a paper denying significant global warming just prior to the Copenhagen climate round in December is indicative of the extent to which science is politicized in public discourse. According to The New York Times, “…in a 1999 e-mail exchange about charts showing climate patterns over the last two millenniums, [...]
I attended my twelfth World Economic Forum meeting in Davos this past week. In previous years, there were exuberant “dot-com” savants (1999), self-assured US diplomats just before the invasion of Iraq (2003), impressive sovereign wealth funds (2007) and confident private equity barons (2008). In turn, each has been humbled within eighteen to twenty four months. [...]
I have just arrived in Davos, ready to present the findings of our tenth annual Edelman Trust Barometer at a breakfast panel co-hosted by the Financial Times tomorrow morning. Here are a few of the important conclusions from this year’s 22-country study of opinion formers, who are “media attentive,” have more than $75,000 annual income [...]
I had lunch with my old friend, Jonah Bloom, until recently the editor of Advertising Age and now the CEO of Breaking Media, a collection of vertical professional sites launched over the past four years. Jonah helped expand Advertising Age’s– a must-read for us– focus on the broader communications industry, and report the most compelling [...]
I went to a luncheon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City yesterday in honor of the late Eunice Johnson, who died last week at age 93. Eunice and her husband John were co-founders of Johnson Publishing Company, which owns Ebony (1.2 million circulation) and Jet (900,000 circulation) magazines, trailblazers in Black [...]
Alex Jones, who runs the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at the JFK School of Government at Harvard, has written a book called, Losing the News. In it he chronicles the shrinking of the “iron core” of authority news. He contends that 85% of authoritative content is published in newspapers, while local [...]
I have been in Israel for the past ten days with my family, my first trip to the country since 1976. For those of you accustomed to my Jeremiah-like thundering from the PR stump, I promise to be short and to the point for a change. Here are three highlights of my trip: 1) I [...]