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Miracle on 113th Street

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With the holiday season in full swing, I’d like to take a moment and recognize a man who is helping to change the world one child at a time.

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Inward Investment and National Security: A PR Issue?

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I attended a roundtable at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City yesterday morning. Speakers included former US Government officials such as William Reinsch and Patrick Mulloy and Prof. Ken Lieberthal from University of Michigan Business School. Key points from the session: 1) The Regulatory Framework–The US was open to foreign investment for […]

Some Good Advice for CEOs

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I have just finished Joe Klein’s new book, Politics Lost, or How American Democracy Was Trivialized By People Who Think You’re Stupid. There are important lessons in this treatise on the last 60 years of American politics, particularly the excessive influence of political “handlers” whose obsession with polling data and cautious wordsmithing has removed the […]

Why Bother?

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I addressed a Public Relations Society of America conference on Friday on the need to adapt PR practice to the new media environment. I got a question from an attendee that went something like this. “Why do you bother to speak out so bluntly about our business? Aren’t you afraid of the negative consequences to […]

The Fork in the Road

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Alex Jones, press and public policy director of the Shorenstein Center at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, delivered an impassioned plea to the PR industry’s most senior executives at the PR Seminar’s annual confab last Thursday. He suggested that the future of “accountability news” is very much in doubt in the pure […]

The Edelman Technorati Deal; Why This Matters for Companies.

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Although Technorati is best known as the most comprehensive service for searching blogs — they currently index over 40 million of them — the company also provides the best analytic tools for tracking over time and in depth what the blogosphere is talking about. Until now, those tools have only been available in English and […]

Germany Redux

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You may recall my post on Germany after my recent trip to the country. I just received a package from Invest in Germany, an investment arm of the Government. It so amazed me that I had to blog about it. The cover is a drawing of flowers in the colors of the country (black, yellow, […]

I Was Syndicated–At Least for 45 Minutes

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As I blogged earlier I was at the Syndicate Conference this morning. Among the surprises for me: 1) So few advertising people came to the event. In fact, not so many PR types came either. I am talking about agency and corporate types. The audience was full of publishing people, such as USA Today. If […]

MP3 from Syndicate

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I had the privilege to participate in the Syndicate Conference this morning for a Q&A session about PR and new media. In case there was any lingering doubt that citizen journalism is happening in near real time, the MP3 of my session which ended about four hours ago has been posted by Josh Hallett.Technorati Tags:Publications, […]

CDC Gets Communications, Big-Time

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I spent yesterday at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta (disclosure: I serve on the board of the CDC Foundation). What becomes clear is the priority now placed by the US government on communications in a crisis, with the goal of avoiding another New Orleans debacle. I walked through the Tom Harkin (senator from […]

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