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 […]
We often assume the police, fire, EMS, mayor, and other first responders are fulfilling their duties to keep us safe. But according to my studies of plans from the top 100 English-speaking cities in the world, this isn’t always the case. Many of our cities are in danger from their own emergency plans […]
Politics: Ontario Premier Frank Miller loses a series of confidence, leading to an election (1985). Negotiations: President Carter and Soviet President Brezhnev sign the SALT-II agreement (1979). Disaster: A plane crash in London, England, leave 118 people dead (1972).
Disaster: A train crash in India kills 500 people (1981). Disaster: A plane crash leaves 50 people dead near Los Angeles (1971). Negotiations: D-Day begins, with 155,000 Allied soldiers (1944).
Politics: Pierre Trudeau is replaced as Prime Minister by Joe Clark (1979). Disaster: A train crash in Bangladesh leaves 76 people dead (1972). Communications: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes his famous speech “We shall fight on the beaches” (1940).
Politics: The Liberals under Jean Chrétien are re-elected (1997). Communications: The crowning of Queen Elizabeth is shown on TV (1953). Disaster: Flooding in Colorado leaves 120 people dead (1921).
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).
Politics: The Social Credit, led by Ernest Manning, is re-elected for the ninth time in Alberta (1967). Disaster: A tsunami kills 61 people in Hawaii and 180 in Japan (1960). Negotiations: West Germany is created (1949).