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How to Pronounce Kamala

Using NameCoach to help people pronounce U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris’s name correctly. One of the most powerful words in any language is a person’s name. It’s something I learned in college reading Ursula K. Le Guin’s “A Wizard of Earthsea.” And it’s something recent research studies back up, using science to show that […]

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The Dissolution of State

“Civilizations do fail. We have never yet seen one that hasn’t. The difference is that the torch of progress has in the past always passed to another region of the world. But we’ve now, for the first time, got a single global civilization. If it fails, we all fail together.” Tim O’Reilly, The Rise of […]

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PR’s Caffeine Jolt

Becoming a big fan of Starbucks…not for its coffee, but for its bold approach to PR. Traditional PR strategy would advise the CEO to avoid conflict at all costs; their modern approach is one of take a point of view – if even unpopular – and say what needs to be said and what others […]

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All votes are not equal, really

Image via WikipediaThere are people in this country who should not be given the privilege to vote. Today’s Wall Street Journal is carrying a page one story about a trend among working class women to support Barack Obama‘s presidential bid. The impetus behind this shift (this demographic supported McCain until recently) is the belief that […]

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A Tale of Two Women (The difference between Hilary and Sarah)

Image via WikipediaAt one time, there was a powerful woman running for one of the highest offices in the United States. I — like many others — held her up as an example of what was possible to my young daughters. Today, there is a different woman running for one of the highest offices in […]

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Listening to Our Hopes, Instead of Our Fears

A great line from Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention last night: “And one day, they — and your sons and daughters — will tell their own children about what we did together in this election. They’ll tell them how this time, we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears. How this time, […]

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I’d Give Obama’s Response to the SotU an A-

The Huffington Post is carrying the text and video of Presidential-hopeful Barack Obama’s response to President Bush’s state of the union address last evening.  It’s well worth reading the text.  One wonders if Obama picked up some of the Kennedy speechwriters in addition to Ted’s endorsement yesterday.  The only thing holding Obama’s response from deserving […]

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