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An Implosion of Trust

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It has been a year of unimaginable upheaval. The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer finds that two-thirds of the countries we survey are now “distrusters.”

GWEN: Global Women’s Empowerment Network

GWEN: Progress and Recommitment

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Five years ago, Edelman launched the Global Women’s Empowerment Network. Richard Edelman will report on our progress, recognize our shortcomings and commit to reaching the ultimate goal, which is to be 50/50 in terms of leadership.

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Local Newspapers Reboot

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I spent an hour yesterday morning with Brian Tierney, former PR man, now publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. Earlier this week, at an Edelman University class, I moderated a discussion with three senior journalists, John Fund of the Wall Street Journal (a national paper), Ellis Henican of Newsday and Robert George […]

Media Mogul Opines

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I attended a star-studded breakfast this morning at New York’s Plaza Hotel where Disney CEO Bob Iger was interviewed by Ken Auletta of the New Yorker Magazine under the auspices of the Newhouse School of Journalism. Here are some of his most important comments: 1) “Windowing”—Disney will release Camp Rock, a made for TV movie […]

Hard Truths

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I attended a fascinating briefing on Energy Future 2050 on Monday night at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer led the discussion (Disclosure – Shell is an Edelman client). Key points: There are three hard truths about energy: a) energy demand in world will double by 2050 […]

The Plum of Your Eye

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When we think about how the rich and famous meet, we generally imagine face-to-face gatherings over champagne and crudités at high society balls, country clubs or the Sun Valley Conference hosted by Allen & Company. The reality is now quite different as the bright line between professional, charitable and personal lives for the super-rich is […]

Beer Bike and Beyond

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This is not the business plan for a new retail chain; it is the story of my college tour with my 17 year old daughter who is now a junior in high school. We visited Rice University in Houston, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont […]

Let’s Make the Argument

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It appears that the United States is officially in a recession. One need only pick up the business section of any newspaper to be depressed about declining retail sales, reductions in employment and tumbling home prices. During the last economic slowdown, the PR industry was slammed. Technology boutiques went out of business and full-service PR […]

So You Are Not Perfect

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I have been on the road this week, presenting key findings from our 2008 Trust Barometer in Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. I was fortunate to team with top thinkers in politics, media and communications theory, including Jeff Berman of MySpace, Chris Kelly of Facebook, Katie Hafner of the New York Times, […]

Rite of Passage

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On Saturday evening, my youngest child, Amanda, will be celebrating her bat mitzvah. This joyous event has sparked the usual last minute scurrying, from seating arrangements to a slide show of childhood pictures to rehearsals with both her Rabbi and Hebrew tutor. To calm her nerves, I told her about my disastrous Bar Mitzvah experience, […]

A Business Model Premised on Frequency of Use

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The Financial Times has recently amended its on-line business model to maintain subscription revenue while opening its walled garden to the general conversation on-line. Any reader can get access up to five articles a month for free. After five articles, you must register, enabling you to read another 25 articles for free. After 30 articles, […]

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