Miss Cranky Pants: Calgary Liberals try to feel the momentum


Calgary federal Liberals gathered last night at Fort Calgary for a fundraiser for the upcoming by-election in Calgary-Centre. The event was advertised on Facebook as “Feel the Momentum.” After sitting through the evening’s festivities, feeling the momentum was a bit of a challenge for this cranky Liberal. Despite an enthusiastic and reinvigorated riding association board … Continue reading Miss Cranky Pants: Calgary Liberals try to feel the momentum

Miss Cranky Pants: The problem with the middle


Facing increasingly polarized political positions, some members of the Liberal Party of Canada seem to be lobbying for a campaign that specifically brands Liberals as being in the “middle.”  The centre may be a place to govern, but it is not the campaign messaging that will help the party regain relevance. Here are five reasons … Continue reading Miss Cranky Pants: The problem with the middle

Swing Strategies: New post on bridging the communications gap between Millennials and Baby Boomers


Boomers often resist catering to the needs of Millennials. In their eyes, the Millennials are “shallow twits suffering from attention deficit disorder who are simply wasting time, sharing too much and accomplishing very little.” When explaining this generation to Boomers, the most common reaction I get is disbelief. Read the post here: http://myswingstrategies.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/lost-in-translation-helping-boomers-communicate-with-millennials/

Dissent not destruction: Give reason a chance


Protest is an essential part of any democracy. Rioting and destruction of property isn't. What are the dynamics of a demonstration and what can we learn from it? At a recent protest against election fraud held here in Calgary represented an opportunity to learn a few things about how to maintain civil discourse. Balancing act … Continue reading Dissent not destruction: Give reason a chance

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

Communication/PR latecomers and laggards get a lecture


If you are still resisting new methods of communication (social media), you are about to officially become a laggard. In particular, if you are a communications or public relations professional or even communicating in a volunteer capacity for an organization (political or otherwise), you are probably already way behind the curve. It's astounding how many … Continue reading Communication/PR latecomers and laggards get a lecture