There are very few researchers who document the positive effects of disasters. But a very few do note that a disaster also injects a lot of new money into a region. Tough way to get a little economic activity going, but the imperative is to repair. Per L. Bylund is one of the rare birds […]
It’s been twenty or so years since I began using the term SOCKO. I often worry that it may seem a bit silly or flippant, but I’ve not found a better term to express the impact, newsworthiness and succinctness that audiences of all types need. Aces, press lines, Qs & As, key messages, mission, […]
I’ve written often about the concerns I have with research techniques. This column was inspired by my attendance at a focus group. I was just asked to attend some focus groups and I was reminded of the dozen or so reasons I don’t like them. First, rich and busy people usually won’t […]
I have many concerns about the quality of research conducted in political campaigns, by those governing and by industrialists. I even see those in the not-for-profit sector spending precious money on unproductive research. “Original” research in universities is often only conducted at the doctoral level. Research that is done often involves relatively unproductive statistical […]
I’ve always thought of Seattle as a symbol of modernity. Growing up in Vancouver, I viewed the Space Needle as an example of American prosperity and progress. It reached toward outer space while the monorail sleeked along the ground toward the future. I now live in Toronto, but visit Seattle when I can, to […]
Disaster: A heat wave kills 380 people in the northeastern U.S. (1911). Communications: The CPR’s first passenger train from Montreal arrives in B.C. (1886). Politics: The Declaration of Independence means the thirteen colonies are no longer part of the British Empire (1776).
Politics: Mike Harris is sworn in as Premier of Ontario (1995). Communications: President Kennedy delivers his “Let them come to Berlin” speech (1963). A gunpowder factory in Luxembourg explodes, killing more than 300 people (1807).
Politics: The Liberals in Nova Scotia come to power with a majority government (1993). Disaster: A plane crash in Chicago leaves almost 300 dead (1979). Communications: In a moving and inspirational speech, President Kennedy sets out the challenge of going to the moon by the end of the decade (1961).
Disaster: An explosion at a fireworks factory in the Netherlands kills 22 people (2000). Disaster: A fire in Japan kills 118 people at a nightclub (1972). Media: The first commercial FM station goes on the air in the U.S. (1939).