[Editor’s Note: This post describes two crises, both of which resulted in fatalities. In only one case, were jobs lost as a result.] At Flowery Branch, GA, about one hour’s drive from Atlanta, DJ Durkin is watching the Atlanta Falcons football team train. Under the warm southern Sun, Durkin is monitoring the club’s special teams… Continued
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For the past few years, future-focused communicators have seen cryptocurrency as a potential tool for promoting brand transparency and accountability. That’s because blockchain, the digital technology that logs cryptocurrency transactions, acts as an unalterable ledger. Blockchain can promote accountability for brands whose financial dealings have been questioned. One recent example is Ticketmaster. After a much-publicized… Continued
“How many of you in the room have ever felt stuck at some point in your career?” At the opening session of the Public Relations Society of America’s Corporate Communications Conference in New York, dozens of hands went up—most of them women. Conference attendees were responding to a question from Joanna Coles, producer, author, journalist… Continued
Pride Month is not just a celebration of how much better things have gotten in a country that once treated LGBTQ people as social pariahs and where Don’t Ask Don’t Tell forced those who wished to serve their country to hide their identities. It’s also a reminder that we still have a long way to go to true equality. And PR needs to be at the forefront of those efforts.
My off-hours are spent volunteering as an activist for New York City cyclist, pedestrian and public transit advocacy organization Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt). At the start, I figured it’d be the usual rabble-rousing stuff: showing up to protests, tweeting photos while holding up signs, et al. And while those elements are minor parts of a volunteer activist’s… Continued
Society is in an era of peak geekdom, wherein the plot twists of “Game of Thrones” dominate water cooler conversations, and 11 years of Marvel Studios superhero titles (“the Infinity Saga”) produce four of the top-grossing films of all time. This Friday, the Infinity Saga culminates with “Avengers: Endgame,” a three-hour epic tying up narrative… Continued
Now we know. Amazon’s Alexa really is listening to our conversations. A Bloomberg exposé details that Amazon has an army of some thousand humans listening to tapes of what Alexa ‘hears’ inside homes around the world. It’s not spying, though. Listening improves the devices, Amazon, and other tech companies, say. “This information,” Amazon tells Bloomberg, “helps… Continued
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They make others look good and know never to apologize when they get the promotion or land the big new account. They are mentors and have unabashedly sought out sponsors. They know how to read a balance sheet and understand that work/life balance is an imperfect science. At least one purchased the book: “How to… Continued
Americans sometimes look admiringly at the U.K. After all, Britain is the colonial power that gave birth to these United States. Brexit and football hooliganism aside, the Brits often are seen as more civilized than their American cousins. “More civilized” isn’t how we’d describe the penalties Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) brandished the other… Continued