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The PR Industry at the Crossroads

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It should be boom times for the PR industry. And yet in the past few weeks, there have been surprising pronouncements from holding companies that indicate a lack of confidence in the PR business.

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Philanthropy 3.0

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I just met with Alexandre Mars, founder and CEO of the Epic Foundation. This is a Philanthropy 3.0 concept, beyond the long-term investor and activist investor model of Philanthropy 1.0 and 2.0.

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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 […]

Dear John

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I wanted to respond to your letter of May 5. Since you have provided approval to do so in a public manner, I am posting both on my blog. You raise important issues of ethical standards and business conduct that are relevant to the entire PR community. (Disclosure: Business Roundtable is an Edelman client). On […]

Half Way There

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Thirty years ago, on a Monday morning, I began my career at Edelman, working as an account executive in the Chicago office. I had finished classes at business school on the Friday, counting on a long vacation with a much sought after young woman through the capitals of Europe. I was informed by my father, […]

The Candy Bombers

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On my way to Seattle today, I picked up a new book by Andrei Cherny, The Candy Bombers, the story of the Anglo-American airlift of supplies to Berlin in 1948-9, that thwarted the Russian blockade of the German capital. Interwoven between high-stakes diplomatic and military maneuvering by the Cold War antagonists is the story of […]

Chicago 1968

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I was walking through Lincoln Park on Sunday en route to the Chicago Historical Society and came upon an old water trough on the bridal path, used by equestrians for their horses. It also was the watering hole for the Chicago Latin football team circa 1968 as we struggled back from our summer practice sessions […]

Alliance of Belief

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I attended the annual dinner of the Atlantic Council of the United States on Monday night in Washington, DC. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, delivered the keynote address. His central thesis was that the world needs to move beyond alliances based on interests to an Alliance of Belief. He argued that […]

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 […]

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