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PLAYS OF EMPIRES: How Cyril Schooled Nestorius

January 24, 2022

Cyril of Alexandria vs. Nestorius of Constantinople A case analysis of influence strategies in a pre-modern conflict. by Guest Blogger Julian Köck In the first couple of centuries of its existence, Christianity underwent a rather chaotic time of schisms and fights for influence. The interests of bishops for improving their status regularly led to prolonged […]

PLAYS OF THE PANDEMIC: How Trump, Biden and Their Surrogates Have Spun Covid

January 12, 2022

Alan Kelly recaps his plays with On the Hill’s Tom Fitzgerald. In the covid era, you’d think the greatest challenge would be more about medicine than politics. But no. The game and gamesmanship of influence looms large as we struggle to contain and explain the virus and the confusion that’s come with it. By way […]

GOOD DEFENSE: Intel Runs Plays to Blunt and Borrow ASML’s Innovation

January 10, 2022

With a hat tip to my friend Lou Hoffman of The Hoffman Agency and this discerning post, here’s a play-by-play on how Intel is finessing a threat to its innovation brand: Viewed through the framework of the Taxonomy of Influence Strategies (shown) there are two plays at work: RECAST, a diverting play that re-forms (i.e., […]

PLAYS FOR THE PLANET: How Bad Strategies Drive Divisions

November 12, 2021

. Resistance to climate change is by now a head-scratcher, but a new poll confirms deeply different takes on its reality and reasons. How’d we get here? The Taxonomy of Influence Strategies holds some answers… While Democrats use the Contrast play to sound the climate crisis alarm (The science is overwhelming!) Republicans tap the Recast to […]

RELEASED: Prototype Card Game Free to Testers

October 21, 2021

Contact: Rees Powell PLAYMAKER SYSTEMS RELEASES PROTOTYPE GAME Open for Testing: Code-Cracking Beta Edition Reveals the Plays of Influence, Disinformation, Fake News and Spin. Even Crazy Relatives BETHESDA, MD, USA  Oct. 21, 2021 – In today’s epidemic of rhetoric you’re probably exhausted by the games that advertisers, online bullies, politicians, and your own kids play to […]