The language of protest


Recently, I was a little surprised to learn that my 19-year-old daughter uses the F-bomb. A lot. It was one of those late night parenting situations where a taxi in Calgary seemed extremely elusive (45-60 minutes wait?) and my daughter and her friends had been out at a concert and were in dire need of … Continue reading The language of protest

Swing Strategies: New post on hashtags, their use and abuse


Tag. You're it! Well, not really--especially if you don't know what you're doing with your hashtags. Piling them on, abusing them or just not using them could get in the way of effective communication. Read the post here: http://myswingstrategies.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/hashing-it-out-a-metadata-tag-with-attitude/

University PR offices need to make peer review process clear


Most of us look to academia for a neutral, well-researched and balanced answer to questions in our everyday lives. We assume that if a paper, essay or "study" is released by a post-secondary institution, that it has been thoroughly researched, the conclusions verified and the report reviewed for accuracy. There are varying degrees of thoroughness … Continue reading University PR offices need to make peer review process clear

Suggestion of a Canadian intervention gives me a bad feeling, eh


(Corrections made on January 10, 2012) Add this to your "yawner list," the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is redefining "public relations." Not surprisingly, a "revised timeline" was announced on December 20, 2011 due to the "overwhelming response." The website says the intitiative will : "utilize a collaborative, industry-wide effort to develop a modern … Continue reading Suggestion of a Canadian intervention gives me a bad feeling, eh

Swing Strategies: New post on content curation for causes


You won't find a definition for content curation online. It's too new. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't consider it for your cause. Shel Holtz, a respected blogger and expert on communication and technology recently outlined a process for business. Here's an adaptation for non-profits, politicians or activists. Read the post here: http://myswingstrategies.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/content-curation-for-your-cause-holtz-process-adapted/