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Media Strikes Back

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At Edelman’s fourth Annual New Media Academic Summit, we convened a superb group of senior media executives who offered insights into the future of the sector. They included Raju Narisetti, managing editor of the Washington Post; Greg Coleman, president of Huffington Post; Gerard Baker, deputy editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal; Jonah Bloom, […]

Dan at 90

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I intend to read this tonight at my father’s 90th birthday party in Chicago. Dear Dad, How can I possibly capture a life of incredible achievement? I do it by repeating the principles that you have passed on to your family and to the 3,400 people of Edelman. Compete Every Minute of Every Day – […]

The Third Way–Public Engagement

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I am speaking this morning at Edelman’s fourth New Media Academic Summit, jointly hosted by New York University and Syracuse University, attended by more than 100 professors from 10 countries. My bold assertion is that there is a Third Way for companies to communicate, beyond paid and earned media, by embracing Public Engagement. Today, there […]


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Thirty-eight years ago, an energetic young Vassar graduate, fresh from a stint as a reporter, came into the Edelman Chicago office for the first time. She was an account executive in consumer marketing working for Judith Rich, a legendary creative force and long-time associate of my father, Dan Edelman. Her first account was 9-Lives cat […]

Reshaping the Media

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We had a Media Future panel at the Edelman Global Leadership meeting this week. Two of the participants, Jonathan Miller of Newscorp and Chrystia Freeland of Thomson Reuters, had particularly acute observations about the way forward for their industry. So did Matthew Bishop, who addressed our team on Wednesday evening. 1) Evolution of Three Segments—Miller […]

Role of Business in Solving Social Problems

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I moderated a CEO panel yesterday morning in New York City at the summer conference of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). Just as in Davos when I was the panel chair on how business can regain trust, I was a bit nervous about asking the participants the tough questions. Journalists are expected to be […]

One to World

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I attended the 2010 Fulbright Awards Dinner last night in New York City. Senator William Fulbright initiated the Fulbright Scholars program just after World War II. His idea was simple but revolutionary for an America coming to grips with its new global power and responsibilities. Scholarships would be awarded to American college graduates seeking a […]

The Great Brain

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While in Seattle this week, I visited the Allen Institute for Brain Science, co-founded with a $100 million donation of seed money by Paul Allen in 2003. I have a real interest in the work of the Institute because my mother has suffered from manic depression for forty years and my father-in-law has early stage […]

Capitalism 2.0 in Action

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I attended the opening panel at the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday morning in New York City. Former President Clinton was joined on stage by four chief executives, including Jeff Kindler of Pfizer (disclosure: a client), Dave Cote of Honeywell, Ron Williams of Aetna and Jay Fishman of Travelers. Each of them represents an industry—pharmaceuticals, energy, […]

Health: Every Employer’s Business

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Mike Kuczkowski, a senior Edelman executive, ran a marathon on Sunday. He finished in a rather unremarkable 5 hours, walking when he hit the wall at mile 17. But for those of us who knew Mike as an inveterate smoker, an ex-journalist who took up the evil weed while in high school under peer pressure […]

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