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This is a perfect example of a brand taking on a social mission that also builds a unique relationship with its consumer.

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Newsweek: Daring Upward

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I had breakfast this morning with Newsweek editor Jon Meacham (who won the Pulitzer prize for non-fiction this week for his book on Andrew Jackson), publisher Tom Ascheim and foreign correspondent Lally Weymouth (disclosure: close friend). Newsweek is re-launching on May 18, moving up-market, aiming to compete with the Economist and the New Yorker for […]

Silicon Alley Insider

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I just got off of the phone with Henry Blodget, the former Wall Street analyst who runs Siliconalleyinsider.com, covering digital media, technology and advertising. From a standing start 18 months ago, the site attracts more than one million plus unique visitors a month, so that it ranks second behind TechCrunch and ahead of GigaOM, VentureBeat, […]

It Seemed So Promising

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Carlos Gutierrez, former US Secretary of Commerce and former chief executive of the Kellogg Company, addressed the spring session of the Arthur Page Society on Friday. His message was extremely positive; he had learned the importance of having communications professionals at the decision-making table while in government, and intended to take that lesson back to […]

Why I Told My Story

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Today’s Wall Street Journal has an extensive article on prostate cancer. I decided to speak to the reporter at length about my experience with the disease for the following reasons: First, the recent release of two studies criticizing the PSA testing protocol, suggesting that there is over-treatment of the condition, will lead many men to […]

Gettysburg; How Public-Private Partnership Can Succeed

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I have been obsessed with the Civil War since I was six years old, when the nation celebrated the 100th anniversary of the conflict. I grew up four blocks from a gigantic statue of Abraham Lincoln that overlooks the Chicago Historical Society. I passed the statue on the way to school and every time I […]

PR’s Responsibilities in the Current Crisis

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As the global financial crisis has evolved into a serious worldwide recession, most of the critics’ venom has been reserved for the banking industry. But my friend, Matthew Bishop of the Economist, asked me in an email yesterday what the PR business has learned from the meltdown. While I do not believe that our sector […]

Mutual Social Responsibility – A Ground Floor Perspective

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I spent this weekend moving endless boxes of books at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Lest you think that I need a second job to supplement my income, I was volunteering for Project Cicero, a local nonprofit that collects gently used children’s books from the families of independent, parochial and public schools so […]

We’re Entering a New Era of Mutual Social Responsibility

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I am speaking this morning at the Wall Street Journal’sECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara on Green Marketing. I’m discussing how we are now entering a new era of Mutual Social Responsibility, in which people (formerly labeled as ‘consumers’ by marketers!) contribute to society’s sustainability and well-being in partnership with business, government and non-governmental organizations. But […]

Business Magazines: Advertising Down, Credibility Up

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Business magazines have had a difficult time in the past few years, as declines in advertising have forced reductions in journalist ranks. But in our 2009 Edelman Trust Barometer, we found that business magazines and analyst reports were the most credible sources of information about companies. This dissonance led me to sit down yesterday with […]

We Will Prove You Wrong

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Jeff Jarvis handed me a copy of his new book, “What Would Google Do?” after we finished a brainstorm on health care costs at the World Economic Forum. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the author as a visionary and change agent. He does not disappoint in his very pointed and inspirational text […]

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