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RESPONDING IS LOSING: How Trump, Zuckerberg and China Out-Play Us

July 17, 2020

Something needs to be said about the strategy of response: It’s a loser’s game. Responding to an attack, rant, brag, insult or lie – whether planned or improvised – seldom slows or stops aggressors. More often it revives them. Consider four examples: TRUMP PLAYS When President Trump decries Democrats as far-left fascists he stirs the […]

ANATOMY of a STRATEGY: How Trump Flipped Fascism (or Tried)

July 8, 2020

…and how the president’s plays can be decoded, mapped and countered. Speaking at a July 3, 2020, rally at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial, President Donald Trump used influence strategies to excite his dedicated base – notably an attempt to reverse a rising perception that Republicans promote fascism. Using the Taxonomy of Influence Strategies as […]

Podcast Plays with PRWeek: Strategic Comms, Taking the Front Foot, Zuck and Bernie

February 21, 2020

HELLLOOO! Thanks to @Steve_J_Barrett and @Washkuch for a lively chat on the @PRWeekUS podcast: In which we discuss the PR industry’s education-practice gap and how strategic communication puts us on the front foot. Also, my takes on why Mark Zuckerberg can only play offense and how Bernie Sanders can happen. #stratcom #strategiccommunication #corpcomm #PR Tap […]

Study Decodes Russian Propaganda Plays, Reveals Putin’s Crimea-Ukraine Playbook

February 3, 2020

NEW STUDY DECODES RUSSIA’S PROPAGANDA PLAYS NATO Stratcom Centre Collaboration Reveals Putin’s Crimea Playbook. And Game Film for Ukraine? BETHESDA, MD, USA  Feb. 3, 2020 – A new article published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Decoding Crimea: Pinpointing the Influence Strategies of Modern Information Warfare, reveals precise strategies that power Russia’s information warfare […]

Strategic Communication: Simulating a Ukraine Migraine

November 13, 2019

SIMULATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL in developed industries and professions. They help pilots, doctors and first responders execute with precision — not simply because practice makes perfect but because experimentation can be the better teacher. So why not simulate communications? And the strategies that drive it? At The Circle conference in Budapest, Hungary, I had the honor of engaging […]