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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.


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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The Social Network and the Purpose of Higher Education

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Like many of you, I was transfixed by the movie, The Social Network. This is the period piece for the decade, in much the same way as the movie Wall Street captured the sensibility of the late 80s. The ability to create an enterprise from your college dormitory, that transforms social interaction while generating huge […]


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I have just returned from a three day trip to Sao Paulo, my first time in Brazil for six years. Edelman acquired Significa, a leading CSR and brand attitude, strategy firm, increasing our size in Brazil by 60% and making us one of the top six firms. I met with chief executives, communications directors and […]

The Professor

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I will deliver these remarks at the Atlantic Council dinner in New York City honoring Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, which I’ve happily attended for the last twelve years. Dear Professor Schwab, How to capture the essence of a career of service to the global community? For me, it is […]

The Interview

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I spent the first three days of this week in London interviewing candidates for Edelman Europe’s CEO. My style must be somewhat disconcerting to any candidate in that I do not follow a script nor do I have any specific direction for the conversation. It is a bit like a blind date- you go with […]

Taking a Walk to Ground Zero

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I am walking from our New York office to Ground Zero today with 50 of my fellow Edelman employees. I have made this journey on my own in each of the past eight years but this time asked whether others would like to join on this ninth anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy. I have a […]

The Jewish Immigrant Success Story

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I journeyed to Philadelphia today to see the soon-to-be-opened National Museum of American Jewish History, conveniently located near Independence Hall and the Constitution Center. As our client, Michael Rosenzweig, director of the Museum, told me, “This is a celebration of the American immigrant experience. It shows the benefits of liberty and free markets for immigrants […]

Voodoo Academia

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Monday’s Wall Street Journal featured an article titled “The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility,” by Professor Aneel Karnani of the University of Michigan’s Business School. The take-the-cake lines in Karnani’s thesis: ”a focus on social responsibility will delay or discourage more-effective measures to enhance social welfare in those cases where profits and the public good […]

Vacation Reveries

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I have been out of the office for the past two weeks. The break was overdue—I was getting groggy in the afternoon, relying on a Diet Pepsi for energy to get through the day. I can always tell when it is time to go back to work. My right arm and back ache from too […]

The Man Who Sold America

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I am on vacation for this week and the next. My days include going to the grocery store, playing tennis, riding my bike, going to the beach with my kids and picking tomatoes. But above all, I love to sit on the back porch, reading books that will entertain and inform me. I have just […]

A Moral Man

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I had an hour long meeting this morning with Elie Wiesel — professor at Boston University, Nobel Laureate, writer (57 books) and Holocaust survivor. Our firm is doing pro-bono work for the Prix Gallien, a world life sciences forum being held in New York City at the end of September. Professor Wiesel is involved with […]

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