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 […]
Citizens who are hard at work, raising children, going to school and raising social capital might assume that there’s a good division of labour in the community. They’d be right to assume that the first duty of politicians is to keep citizens safe and thus political leaders have lead the police, fire, EMS, and other […]
In the children’s songs, Morningtown ride (1957 Malvina Reynolds), girls and boys under their blankets are “All bound for Morningtown/Many miles away.” This refrain is repeated until near the end when we hear that “Somewhere there is Morningtown/Many miles away.” I sang this song many times (badly) to my boys. The technique of indicating there’s […]
Business: Conrad Black is convicted in the U.S. of fraud and obstruction of justice (2007). Negotiation: A land claim is settled in the Mackenzie Delta (1991). Crisis management: The Hong Kong flue pandemic begins (1968).
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).
Disaster: A jury in Alaska blames the Exxon Valdez disaster on recklessness by Exxon and the Captain (1994). Politics: Brain Mulroney is replaced by Kim Campbell as Progressive Conservative leader (1993). Communications: The New York Times publishes portions of the Pentagon Papers, which detailed U.S. involvement in Viet Nam.
Crisis Management: Seven are convicted in connection the the Bhopal Disaster (2010). Politics: Bernard Lord is elected Premier of New Brunswick (1999). Disaster: An earthquake in Jamaica leaves 3,000 dead (1962).
Communications: CNN goes on the air, making it the first all-news TV network (1980). Crisis Management: An explosion occurs at a chemical facility in Flixborough, England, killing 28 (1974). Disaster: In Japan, an explosion at a coal mine kills 236 workers (1965).