Did a political candidate just use a PR ethics rule as a campaign tactic?

This week, a political campaign in Rochester filed a complaint against one of its opponents. The filing is based on recently expanded rules on grassroots lobbying from the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). Both the nature and outcome of this week’s filing are important to help New York State public relations professionals interpret a…

Amid disruption, political parties fight for relevance, control

  Both at home and abroad, today’s political parties face new challenges: new entrants with disruptive models, a flattened value chain, and more disparate voter needs. To address these factors, political parties must create brands with relevance in mind. This aim requires a greater focus on strategic planning, more effective partnerships, and the capacity to deliver more value to…

Citizenship in the era of Trump

Since Nov. 9, 2016, “Not my president” became a common phrase among supporters of Sec. Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. For many, it’s a sign of protest and resistance. As columnist Lindy West wrote, “…I live in the America that won — the America with art and empathy and a free press and…

Wegmans’ North Carolina expansion highlights corporate values and inclusion

Corporate principles play an important role for any business. They guide operating standards and influence strategic decisions. Wegmans, a Rochester-based grocery chain, promotes core values with attributes of respect, care for employees, and making a difference in the community. Its decision to advance plans to enter the North Carolina market amid controversy surrounding H.B. 2,…

The delusion of diversity in Trump’s America

The following people likely sit on different sides of the partisan aisle: Mark Lilla, professor of humanities, Columbia University, is regularly labeled as “liberal” in right-leaning publications such as the National Review. Anna Valeria-Iseman, director of development for the Open Door Mission, is a self-proclaimed “compassion and opportunity-driven Republican.” However, both urge America to move…

Rachel Barnhart and the role of action in campaigns

Rachel Barnhart will soon add author to her growing list of talents and experience. The former television journalist is currently promoting a self-published book, Broad, Casted. Barnhart previews the upcoming read as a tell-all about sexism and misogyny inside both media and politics. Barnhart recently challenged and lost to incumbent Assemblyman Harry Bronson in thr…

How successful firms adopt and implement analytics 

The rise of big data and analytics can cause power struggles between functional departments or teams. Mitigating this dynamic requires a willingness to accept what one analyst calls, “Analytics as a meritocracy, where hard science determines the winning solution.”  Successful adoption and implementation also requires buy in from key stakeholders. Winning strategies opt for persuasion…

Stream cleanup underscores requirements for a sustainable society 

Philadelphia-based United by Blue (UBB) conducts commerce connected to the conservation of oceans and waterways. Today, as a participant with their “Cleanup Crew,” Philadelphia’s Tacony Creek provided a visceral example of the long-term consequences of an unsustainable society.  It’s been years since I volunteering for community service with manual labor and decades since Iast picked…

Philadelphia Water provides lessons for community, urban innovation 

The federal government regulates some U.S. cities based on their size and infrastructure to manage storm water. In the city of Philadelphia, these regulations inspired Green City, Clean Water, a 25-year initiative that applies sustainable practices to reduce water pollution and beautify urban communities.  While such projects deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits, associated costs…

It’s about race, because

Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York, doesn’t consider himself a photographer. He prides himself on a more specific talent–drawing out deep and intentional meaning from random connections. Stanton, a 32-year-old white male, relies on these niche abilities to literally support himself.   As a person of color, I couldn’t help but envy Stanton’s…