Ideas for new Fellows status for CIPR

After an encouraging forum of Chartered Institute of Public Relations Fellows earlier this week in London, held in response to planned changes in membership grades of the Institute, there seems to be a clear mood afoot to engage with constructive change to make the Institute more meaningful to its members (whatever their grade status) and […]

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Is Twixtmas the ultimate Epicurean celebration?

Most people associate the word ‘epicurean’ with images of high living, sensual pleasure, a philosophy of the debauchee or the gourmand. Yet, the reality is the original Epicurus – who lived in Ancient Greece between 341-270 BC – promoted a modest lifestyle through a philosophy of ‘minimise harm; maximise happiness’ – a message at the […]

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TOWIE: Is the Only Way for Essex to create ‘The Stiletto of the East’?

With the finale of the sort-of-reality-tv-show ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ (TOWIE) and news of the programme creating a mini tourist boom for the area reminded me of the time I held a conference brainstorm and team-building event a few years ago for Essex County Council. Even then there were concerns about the Essex Brand, […]

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Unstupid thinking makes debut at How-Dow Public Services Awards

Sharing insights on ‘Unstupid Thinking – the key to unlocking your personal and business innovation’ is the theme of  new talk I will be giving at the How-Do Public Service Awards. Over 200 delegates are expected at The Comedy Store, Manchester on Tuesday November 15th. The event is in itself a creative twist, combining a conference […]

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Armistice: The meme that cost 11,000 lives

I wear my poppy with pride. I also promote managing word of mouth communications and how need to make you’re your messages sticky – i.e memorable through use of imagery, menomics and other devices – to create effective memes (information that is able to replicate itself.) So, having a permanent time and date of: “the […]

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Could you do a George Papandreou?

Could you do a George Papandreou? By which I mean could you take a really big decision that would be deeply unpopular with others – or with key individuals? My reading of his actions was that he realised at the penultimate moment that if he had gone ahead, implemented the challenges ordered by his European […]

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6 new memes following the film ‘Contagion’ – pass it on

Just seen the new blockbuster ‘Contagion . It depicts a world facing the much anticipated killer virus which raised two thoughts. Firstly, it resurrected the idea I had a for a major national celebration, or thanksgiving, that the recent reality of the swine flu epidemic was nowhere near as deadly as first feared – with […]

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