The History of PR in Chicago: Corporations, Agencies and the People Who Shaped It

Last week I had the honor of participating in a fascinating discussion about the history of public relations in Chicago, moderated by my good friend Ron Culp from DePaul University. More than 50 senior leaders of the Public Relations Society of America gathered at the historic Women’s Athletic Club of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. When discussing history,…

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Preparing to Improvise, Start with the Future and Work ALL the way Back

Last Wednesday, I arrived at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, to offer a guest lecture for Professor Caleb Dance’s undergraduate course, “Improvisation and Performance Culture in the Ancient World.” The class examines improvisation’s fundamental role in the overlapping art forms of storytelling, public speaking, theater and music. Dr. Dance asked me to relate…

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Why Archives Matter

The traditional rationale to persuade organizations to build a corporate archive is that you need to do it for history; serving posterity was justification enough to open the corporate checkbook. Nowadays, it is no longer sufficient to remind people of their social and communal “duty,” as companies have an obligation to stakeholders to provide more…

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