GOOD Magazine and Jumo: A powerful partnership for change

A new partnership emerged this week that is exciting on several levels. On Tuesday, Mashable announced that GOOD magazine had acquired the social networking platform for non-profits called Jumo that was started by Chris Hughes who helped to create Facebook and was instrumental in President Barack Obama’s 2008 social media campaign. There are three key reasons …

Top ten social media survival tips

In this economic climate it’s not surprising that many people are feeling pressured on several fronts. Social media needn’t be one of them. In fact, shifting gears or taking a breather is often healthy and allows you to recalibrate your level of engagement and return renewed. So here are a few tips on how to …

How language is changing advertising

I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the Utenti Pubblicita Associati (UPA) conference in Milan where the theme was the future of language and its role in shaping advertising. The other presenters were UPA President, Lorenzo Sassoli de Bianchi, and Paris Kafantaris, VP for Babycare in Western Europe at Proctor and Gamble. The former’s …

Blake Canterbury and BeRemedy: The power of social media and community combined

Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Blake Canterbury, founder of BeRemedy.org, which is a smart new idea for using social media to enlist community support to solve problems within that community. here’s what he had to share. SM: Blake, real pleasure to meet you. Tell us, what is BeRemedy? BC: BeRemedy is the simplest …

Will social media tear the top down or lift the bottom up?

Over the last eighteen months we have seen a remarkable series of events that have been driven in part by social media. Protests during the Arab Spring revolutions in Tunisia, Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as well as those that continue today in Egypt, Libya and Syria, were amplified using social media. The riots in London and through the …

Why America’s Triple A rating remains unchanged

The Standard & Poor’s credit rating downgrade of the U.S. currency has already begun to have its effects on stock markets at home and around the world and much is being written about what this means for the future of America. Yet neither the short-term losses nor long-terms effects have any bearing on what is …

Wine to Water: How pragmatism can change our world

I had the privilege of seeing CNN hero Doc Henley speak at the National Speakers Association Influence ’11 event on Monday. Not only was his cause and message incredibly important but I was struck by Doc’s authenticity and full-body commitment to the change he wants to see in the world. A former bartender, Doc began …

The power of community and contribution for small brands

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking at the National Speaker’s Association for the first time. I met so many amazing people and quickly realized that I was in the company of hundreds of small brands each working to build their own business. When I think back on the launch of We First, perhaps …

Fueling the Future: What’s shaping branding, advertising and social media

David Shing, Digital Prophet at AOL kindly included me in Adweek and AOL’s  ‘Fueling the Future’ blog series a few weeks ago at the 2011 Cannes International Advertising Festival. He fired off a few questions about what look interesting in the future. He put together a great bunch of people and you can find all the …

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good: Putting products to good use for others and themselves

Creating a shift in the practice of capitalism requires a re-framing of thinking and behavior. Often, when you talk exclusively about the changes in corporate thinking, people rightly ask for concrete, actionable examples. When you talk exclusively about practical examples or tactics, they beg the question of the changes in thinking they imply. So my …

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