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Defending Democracy: Now comes the hard part – how do we keep its music playing?

  Yes, the U.S. midterm elections defended (rescued?) American democracy. Now comes the hard part: How to strengthen that democracy in the coming days, months, and years. How to overcome the many inevitable distractions of “life happens” for each of us and the firehose of events and news of these “Roiling Twenty-Twenties”.   (Or, paraphrasing […]

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New journalism standard? – All the news that’s fit to print of national interest — except what I’m withholding for my book

Poynter, the nonprofit institute long known as the go-to authority and supporter for ethical, excellent journalism, has published a provocative piece with this  subhead: “… new book stirs debate about reporters withholding information.”    https://bit.ly/3DSQ5qG    The opinion piece, by Tom Jones, reflects on the significance of the imminent book by the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, the seemingly […]

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Gorbachev’s tragedy, Biden’s democracy alarm and their surprising bond

  The New York Times print  headlines last week –   “Mikhail S. Gorbachev, 1931 – 2022 Visionary Soviet Leader Who Lifted the Iron Curtain” https://bit.ly/3efAAOD   “Biden Portrays Democracy as Under Fire in the U.S.” https://nyti.ms/3eobJIC   A “bond” between these disparate political leaders? It may surprise, but the case for it is worth […]

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Journalists, public relations pros and others battling global disinformation are confronting the stark realities of this “pandemic of the mind”

(pan-dem-ic  : occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.)     It is not hyperbolic to say it: The waves of disinformation engulfing global society now represent a pandemic of the mind. Disinformation ( a k a misinformation/ attacks on truth/ altered facts) is now analogous to COVID […]

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A global network for sustainability education launches Call-to-Action support for Ukraine students, faculty

A vibrant global network of some 850 business/management institutions championing sustainable development – Principles For Responsible Management Education – is implementing a new, multi-faceted “Call-to-Action” in support of  Ukraine students, faculty and researchers.  “PRME Call-to-Action for Ukraine”   PRME is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007. As a platform for sustainable development in schools and […]

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A senior citizen’s urgent entreaty to Generation Z: “Help Defend Democracy!”

Dear Generation Z fellow citizens, I am an 88-year-old retired public relations professional. You are members of the latest generation to inherit impressive promise and power   “What Are the Core Characteristics of Generation Z?” Let’s “chat”.   My objective – I believe that Americans and citizens of other democratic societies have something in common, something very important – […]

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Promising immigration initiatives for US southern border: Biz leaders’ early-investments response to US Call for Action

How it began (May 27 , 2021): Biden Names Harris to Work with Central America on Migration  – “plunging her into one of the most politically fraught issues facing the White House.”   How it’s going: (December 13, 2021) VP Harris announces company investments in Central America   Of special significance: This private sector early embrace of […]

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Americans should annually commemorate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol

We rightfully commemorate existential attacks on America – of course,  the 9/11 national shock and trauma; and, many decades ago, December 7th, 1941, famously, the “day that will live in infamy.” But January 6th 2021 stands alone as the unprecedented,  violent internal assault on American democracy itself. The attack on the U.S. Capitol,  as well as its […]

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Students urge social impact courses; Higher Ed “gets it’ on ESG education

‘There’s been an explosion of interest from students.’ – Todd Court, lecturer on sustainability at the Yale School of Management. That’s one of the money quotes in the Jenny Gross New York Times sweeping update on demand for environment/social/governance (ESG) courses at U.S. universities, “Business Schools Respond to a Flood of Interest in E.S.G.”. https://nyti.ms/3FIqf6e . Not […]

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What I learned/shared during the fifty year evolution of the”CSR” acorn into today’s Sustainable Development/Stakeholder Capitalism

Perspective: The evolution of corporate social responsibility – and therefore, capitalism — over these five decades reflects companies’ growing engagement with major social issues as integral to a successful business model: I. The Zeitgeist  1970s: “If there was only some way to marshal the resources of the business community and the Establishment and apply them […]

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New Book on Global Public Relations Free to Educators, Students

WESTBURY, NEW YORK (September 1, 2021) – Published today, free for public relations educators and students: “Global Public Relations in The Roiling Twenty-Twenties … Confronting Disinformation, Serving a Sustainable Society “ is a compact alert and summary of major issues of this turbulent decade and the relevance of public relations principles and practice to address them,” […]

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A successful CSR model : Link social responsibility, shareholder value, stakeholders to keystone: human dignity

Hubert Joly directed the Best Buy turn around with an approach to business that “takes human dignity as a starting point”.  To the surprise of many analysts, he turned Best Buy around. His next goal is to get business to be more socially responsible. Link: “Hubert Joly turned around Best Buy. Now he’s trying to […]

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In Independence Day afterglow: Will America sufficiently sustain its democracy to have a 250th anniversary celebration in 2026?

  How tragically ironic: As Americans bask in the afterglow of our Independence Day holiday, and some doughty patriots even begin to organize for the country’s 250th anniversary in 2026, democracy is in great duress in the U.S. and in many parts of the world. The fragility of U.S. democracy is both immediate and long […]

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Open Letter to Natl Assn of Secretaries of State – Urgent: Protect our voting. Defend election poll workers. Sustain NASS members’ election authority

  The U.S. Senate’s vote defeating the proposal to debate the For The People Act adds urgency to the need to protect voting in this country. And so, I write as an active voter in New York State to express my great concern about the future of U.S. elections and, therefore, the security of American […]

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“Pragmatic idealist” Samantha Power takes over USAID humanitarian aid for vulnerable countries, people

In nation-to-nation public relations there is public diplomacy, within it “soft power” – then there is also “really soft power“, humanitarian aid to vulnerable countries and their people. It is too often disparaged with sarcasm  (“boiling the ocean”, etc.) but over decades it has been the salvation for many millions of vulnerable people around the […]

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