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The Climate Change Imperative

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Last night, I had dinner with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who has taken a leadership role in the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Sachs is seeking a step-reduction in CO2 emissions.

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When Art Sponsorship Makes Sense

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I was impressed by one man’s journey, from the impressionist school as a young man, to founder of Suprematism, to an enthusiastic supporter of the Revolution, to a deeply depressed and shocked witness to the horrors of Stalinism.

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Is there a Conflict within Workaholic Behavior?

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I am sure that all of you have noticed the upsurge in articles on the longer work days now being embraced or tolerated by employees around the world (except in France, but that is for another blog). Trains leaving New York suburbs for the City at 5 am are now quite full. Electrical usage, which […]

Brief Response to Mr. Guinane of the Guardian Newspaper in the UK

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This is a brief response to Mr. Guinane of the Guardian newspaper in the UK, who has at least been consistent in his skepticism about the role of the PR agency in the blogosphere. My comments to the NY Observer reporter did not suggest a covert desire to evade scrutiny of our corporate clients by […]

A View into the State of PR Education

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I spent Friday at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Robert “Pritch” Pritchard, a 27 year veteran of the US Navy and now star instructor in public relations, organized a roundtable for the members of the Indiana Chapter of the PR Society of America to discuss the findings from our seventh Edelman Trust Barometer. During […]

If You Want Free Trade, PR Is Essential Ingredient

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I watched Team USA go down to defeat last night in the World Baseball Classic at the hands of a very capable Team Mexico. As the Canadians suffered during the Winter Olympics when their men’s hockey team failed to win the gold in a sport invented in their country, America has now surrendered its superiority […]

CNN Interview

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Below is the transcript from an appearance I made yesterday morning on CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz. I was joined by Jeff Jarvis of BuzzMachine. We discussed the Edelman Wal-Mart blogger outreach. Howard also made sure to ask me about my quotes in last week’s New York Observer. ———————— KURTZ: Welcome back. For several […]

The Wrong Message

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I was stopped by an enterprising reporter from the New York Observer at the recent PR Week Awards dinner. The reporter, Jason Horowitz, went on to write a piece headlined, “Publicists Lauded for Flackery: P.R. Gods Get Freedom From Press.” Horowitz’ thesis is that “PR people can get their messages across without pesky filters like […]

A Word to the Wise

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Today’s front page story in the business section of the New York Times by Michael Barbaro titled “Wal-Mart Enlists Bloggers in Its Public Relations Campaign” is the latest in a series of articles in mainstream media that criticize bloggers for questionable ethics. When paired with the Wall Street Journal‘s article on February 9 titled “Blog […]

Nothing Stupid About This

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I met earlier this week with Erik Hawkins, CEO of PureVideo, owners of StupidVideos. Any of you with teen age kids have been exposed to email snippets sent along from this site, including a cat getting caught in a ceiling fan or the immortal Numa Numa song now in its Sock Puppet version. Don’t laugh, […]

The End of the Historic Media Model?

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This morning’s announcement by Dow Jones that it will merge its online and print divisions is further evidence of the end of a media model which used geography, time and platform as means of generating discrete revenue streams. L. Gordon Crovitz, publisher of the Wall Street Journal and now president of Dow Jones Consumer Media […]

True Power Lies in Being Flat as a Pancake

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Tom Friedman, the New York Times Op-Ed columnist, has a corner on the “flat” market. But Paul Saffo, founder and director of the Institute of the Future in Palo Alto, has added an interesting twist. A quick personal note–Saffo and I rowed freshman crew at Harvard and have been friends since 1973 when we froze […]

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