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A Different Davos

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I have returned from the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, a profoundly different gathering from a year ago when the biggest issue was the growing power of sovereign wealth funds. The stars of the show were government leaders from China and Russia. The obsession was finding a way to recapitalize banks without full nationalization, while […]

Edelman Trust Barometer 2009 – Paradise Lost

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We will discuss the results of the 2009 Edelman Trust Barometer tomorrow morning in Davos in partnership with the Financial Times at the opening of the World Economic Forum. In this tenth edition of the Barometer, we looked at the state of trust through the eyes of 4,475 informed people in 20 countries on five […]

The New Era of Responsibility

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President Barack Obama said in his inaugural address that Americans recognize that “what is required of us now is a new era of responsibility.” He added that,”This is the price and promise of citizenship.” The PR industry can play a vital role in helping to meet this challenge. I attended the board meeting of the […]

A True Public Servant

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In this final week of the Bush Administration, many long-serving public officials are wrapping up unfinished business and packing up their belongings, it is only fitting to pay tribute to one of these dedicated administrators, Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control. I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Gerberding because […]

Fashion Future

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The news from retailers is dire. Sales at Gap, Abercrombie, Neiman Marcus are plunging. Upscale brands are gathering dust on the shelves. It is now chic to buy only what you need, not what you used to crave. So what is the world’s most important modeling agency, Ford Models, to do? I had breakfast with […]

The Right to Know

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I am just back from the holidays. Curled up in a chair by the fireplace in Long Island, I read two terrific books, Simon Schama’sThe American Future and Anthony Pagden’sWorlds at War. I also had the opportunity to review the initial findings from the Edelman Trust Barometer 2009, due out in three weeks. Trying to […]

The Real HBS Story

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I was one of the Harvard Business School graduates interviewed by CNBC for its special one hour documentary on the 100th anniversary of the “West Point of Capitalism.” Here is a link to excerpts for your viewing pleasure (and apologies for the hairstyles in ’78). I was beyond surprised to be included, along side business […]

Fight the Good Fight

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All of us on the PR agency side are anxious about the dire forecasts coming out of the annual UBS conference this week. Advertising spending in the US is expected to decline of 3% in 2008, and up to 6% in 2009. Rather than wring our hands, let’s create business value for clients and win […]

Google and PR; Adapt to the New Reality

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My friend and colleague, Steve Rubel and I had a discussion two weeks ago about adapting our work product to a world in which search is the primary port of entry. An increasing number of journalists and other people access their web-based e-mail and news readers via search applications. We agreed we must make the […]

Mass Is Class: The Public Theater and Crowd Surfing

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I had a cocktail party at my home last Thursday for the Public Theater, a New York City institution founded by a son of immigrants and dedicated to the proposition that culture should be available to all. Joseph Papp, who grew up in the Yiddish-speaking enclave of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, taught himself English by reading Shakespeare. […]

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