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This is an archived version of Citizen Renaissance (retired in January 2014)
Book published on-line in 2008, Blogs and Articles 2008-2013
More thinking from Jules Peck and Robert Phillips now available on www.jerichochambers.com

Citizen Truths and Civic Principles: The Reformation of Public Relations

Citizen Truths and Civic Principles: The Reformation of Public Relations

At an event today, the great and the good in UK media discussed ‘where the truth lies’ in business and media today. Guests bristled through a lively conversation on a wide range of topics...
Milton Friedman is Dead

Milton Friedman is Dead

The Gordon Gekko mantra that ‘Greed is good’ is now oft-repeated in casual conversational references to an era passed, but those who still cling to the Friedman obsession with free markets and the doctrine that the social responsibility of business is to maximize its profits...
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From Common Good to Public Value

From Common Good to Public Value

I spent most of the UK Bank Holiday Weekend editing and tidying Part Three of the book: “What Is To Be Done?”. It opens with a chapter entitled “The Road to Jericho” and considers what organisations need to do to address issues of substance, not spin. (As a teaser, the first three are (i) Tell...
PR Is Dead. Public Leadership Is The Future.

PR Is Dead. Public Leadership Is The Future.

There has long been a debate about whether Public Relations needs re-branding, not least to escape the ugly moniker of “spin” and to make it fit-for-purpose in the Social Digital age. PR is of course the brainchild of Edward Bernays, born in an age of institutional authority, inter-mediation and “media relations” – all of which...
New peoples party challenges UKIP

New peoples party challenges UKIP

Its been an interesting couple of weeks in the UK. We’ve seen some of the world’s most powerful people get together to talk about something called ‘Inclusive’ Capitalism and we’ve seen UK politics turned upside down by an extremist party whose values could hardly be less inclusive.
Atonement

Atonement

This Friday is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. I have long lost my faith and indeed struggle to understand how others find theirs. But religion still offers an important framework for ethical behaviour and quiet contemplation. A wise Rabbi once taught me that it is...
The Future of PR: Sleepwalker or Progressive?

The Future of PR: Sleepwalker or Progressive?

It may sound dramatic, but public relations is no longer fit for purpose. Profound changes in society and communications over the past decade determine this. Circumstances have undermined the credibility and relevance of a discipline that long-considered itself heir to advertising and first among equals. The expectation of a permanent presence at the boardroom table...
Ed's Radical Choice

Ed’s Radical Choice

It is easy to characterise Ed Milliband’s current spat with Unite as a putative “Clause 4 Moment” or, as he prefers to call it “an end to machine politics”. There is probably merit in both. But a braver leader is the one who calls for an end not just to machine politics, but to party...
Why CSR Makes Me Angry

Why CSR Makes Me Angry

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an ugly discipline – a perfect example of a secondary market created through the failures of leadership and the shortcomings of the market society. Ethical behavior – what Aristotle would have called virtuous leadership – should never be sub-contracted to working committees or remote departments. Since its emergence towards the...
Do No Evil Lobbying

Do No Evil Lobbying

There is nothing wrong with lobbying. It is not evil. The ability of interest groups – of whatever persuasion – to make their representations to government is the sign of a healthy democracy. Even on matters of tax. The key issues are ones of transparency and democratic access; the remote leadership of those elected to...
Five Ways Business Leaders Can Embrace The Citizen State Within

Five Ways Business Leaders Can Embrace The Citizen State Within

Citizen-centric leadership in business asks that leaders embrace the citizen state within. This means co-creating ideas, strategies and programmes with networks of real people, increasingly active and vocal, and shaping the organisation around their needs and aspirations, to help better define common purpose. This may sound revolutionary, but it is an axiomatic consequence of the...