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This is an archived version of Citizen Renaissance (retired in January 2014)
Book published on-line in 2008, Blogs and Articles 2008-2013
More thinking from Jules Peck and Robert Phillips now available on www.jerichochambers.com

Communications
Atonement

Atonement

This Friday is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. I have long lost my faith and indeed struggle to understand how others find theirs. But religion still offers an important framework for ethical behaviour and quiet contemplation. A wise Rabbi once taught me that it is...
The Future of PR: Sleepwalker or Progressive?

The Future of PR: Sleepwalker or Progressive?

It may sound dramatic, but public relations is no longer fit for purpose. Profound changes in society and communications over the past decade determine this. Circumstances have undermined the credibility and relevance of a discipline that long-considered itself heir to advertising and first among equals. The expectation of a permanent presence at the boardroom table...
Why CSR Makes Me Angry

Why CSR Makes Me Angry

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an ugly discipline – a perfect example of a secondary market created through the failures of leadership and the shortcomings of the market society. Ethical behavior – what Aristotle would have called virtuous leadership – should never be sub-contracted to working committees or remote departments. Since its emergence towards the...
Do No Evil Lobbying

Do No Evil Lobbying

There is nothing wrong with lobbying. It is not evil. The ability of interest groups – of whatever persuasion – to make their representations to government is the sign of a healthy democracy. Even on matters of tax. The key issues are ones of transparency and democratic access; the remote leadership of those elected to...
Five Ways Business Leaders Can Embrace The Citizen State Within

Five Ways Business Leaders Can Embrace The Citizen State Within

Citizen-centric leadership in business asks that leaders embrace the citizen state within. This means co-creating ideas, strategies and programmes with networks of real people, increasingly active and vocal, and shaping the organisation around their needs and aspirations, to help better define common purpose. This may sound revolutionary, but it is an axiomatic consequence of the...
Three Lessons from PR's Failure to Win on CSR, Social & Content

Three Lessons from PR’s Failure to Win on CSR, Social & Content

The footballing cliché runs that teams must score when they are dominating the game. PR consultancies often manage early possession, but then struggle to find the back of the net. It happened with CSR and with social and now with content, too – a failure to convert early-mover advantage into sustained leadership. We let others...
Content, Communications & The Art of Absence

Content, Communications & The Art of Absence

John Cage’s 1952 recording of four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence was the musical expression of Duchamp’s belief in the role of spectator as well as artist; in the subversion of the conventional. You can watch a version of it here. David Bowie is another artist who properly understands the power of absence –...
Polising the State of Media

Polising the State of Media

Neil Wallis (formerly of the News of the World and, briefly, the Metropolitan Police) accidentally said that “what we see in the media, we see in all the other institutions of society”. Speaking at #PolisTrust at the London School of Economics, Wallis was referring to the issue of trust. He is of course correct –...
Bright Ideas: On Creative Spaces, the Citizen State & Sex as Science Fact

Bright Ideas: On Creative Spaces, the Citizen State & Sex as Science Fact

Three short, ‘Bright Ideas’, as featured in today’s eI Individual Digest. These are thoughts collected amid the peaceful beauty of Aldeburgh, Thorpeness and Snape – home to Names Not Numbers 2013, a symposium created by @juliahobsbawm and dedicated to discusing the role of individuality in a mass age. Also billed as “like Davos, but with...