Digital Democracy
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...
Ed's Radical Choice

Ed’s Radical Choice

It is easy to characterise Ed Milliband’s current spat with Unite as a putative “Clause 4 Moment” or, as he prefers to call it “an end to machine politics”. There is probably merit in both. But a braver leader is the one who calls for an end not just to machine politics, but to party...
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...
Who Leads The State? (Part One)

Who Leads The State? (Part One)

The State has fallen from fashion and from grace. For many, it now encapsulates everything that is wrong in life: pointless bureaucracy; nannying interference; needless cost. The social democrats among us – too many falsely seduced by the Reagan/ Thatcher legacy – have failed to persuade, while market fundamentalists have filled the intellectual vacuum by...
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...
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 –...
The Indecency of Power

The Indecency of Power

Plato famously believed that philosophers should rule. Aristotle argued that the political class must be led by ‘men of virtue’. They both had a point. “Much of what is amiss in our world”, as Judt commented, “can best be captured in the language of classical political thought”. In today’s city states, nation states and business...
World Gone Wrong

World Gone Wrong

“The idea is essentially repulsive, of a society held together only by the relations and feelings arising out of pecuniary interest” John Stuart Mill As though scripted for a 1970s dystopian SciFi fantasy, society has landed in the wrong place and is apparently marooned here. Our people and our planet are not at ease with...
Stop Swaying. Start Shifting

Stop Swaying. Start Shifting

It is time to re-consider some societal fundamentals and have an honest conversation about the legitimacy of power. Why are we surprised that the Eurozone remains in crisis? That the issue of ‘Palestine’ remains unresolved? That American kids are still being shot in the streets, only weeks after the horrors of Newtown? That austerity lingers...