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Industry Leaders

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I recently sat down with Doug Simon, President of DS Simon Productions, as part of a series of conversations he is having with “Industry Leaders.”

BANANA and Other Little Known Truths: The Fortune Brainstorm on Technology

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I am returning from the Fortune Brainstorm on Technology at Half Moon Bay, California. The general mood was upbeat, with large and small companies reporting good customer demand and ambitious new product pipelines. The technology sector is now playing in so many more sectors, from energy and environment to health (nanotechnology) to Web 2.0 applications […]

Serious Works

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I had lunch on Tuesday with Jim Hoge, editor of Foreign Affairs, the monthly review of foreign policy issues published by the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. The headline from the lunch is that the serious minded readers of this publication are growing in number and are engaging with both print and […]

The Newseum

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I had a private tour on Monday night of the Newseum, the shrine to news, which opened four months ago in Washington DC six blocks from the Capitol. As I moved around the impressive facility, I was reminded again of the centrality of the media in provoking change and safeguarding democracy. Consider the following quote […]

Tectonic Plates Shifting

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I was one of the speakers at the second New Media Academic Summit hosted by Edelman and PRWeek last week in Chicago, which was attended by 70 leading US and Canadian academics. Here are some of the most compelling insights, specifically about how media and companies are adopting social media: 1) Media must become comfortable […]

The Old Lions Roar

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PRWeek organized a luncheon yesterday in Chicago for the founding fathers of the PR industry, including my father, Dan Edelman, Harold Burson, David Finn and Al Golin. All of these octogenarians (Golin is on the door step at 78) are still active in their firms and passionate about the PR business. Here are some of […]

A Walk Into History

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“They found my grandmother’s grave stone in the Huangpu River. It had been in one of the four Jewish cemeteries in Shanghai.” So began the afternoon tour of Jewish Shanghai with Lily Klebanoff Blake, born in China during World War II, who joined our Edelman’s Global Leadership to talk about her city before its huge […]

State of the Chinese Blogosphere

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I am at Edelman’s annual leadership meeting in Shanghai. We just heard from a group of Chinese bloggers, including Raymond Zhou, Isaac Mao, Steven Lin, Tangos Chan, Sam Flemming and Adam Schokora – disclosure; Mr Schokora works for Edelman China. Here are some of the most salient points: 1) Social media in China has two […]

A Social Entrepreneur

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With Barack Obama’s hard-fought victory in a historic Democratic nominating process, the inevitable scramble for the Clinton voting bloc ensued. Both candidates, McCain and Obama, rightly reflected on Senator Hillary Clinton’s determined push for the Presidency. McCain said that as a father of three daughters, he was thrilled to have such a visible role model […]

Graduation Day

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I had breakfast with Reverend Jesse Jackson about two weeks ago. He was in New York City to visit foundations, trying to secure support for the fall launch of a program designed to reverse the dire drop-out rates of African American males from high schools. In fact, one third of all Americans drop out in […]

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