Squaring The Circle?

by ROBERT PHILLIPS on May 16, 2011 • 9:28 am2 Comments
I am often asked how I can ‘justify’ my (senior) position within one of the world’s largest Public Relations firms, with my impassioned views on citizenship and society. I have long held the belief not only that it is a crass falsehood to see PR as a perpetrator of evil but also that the communications industry is uniquely positioned to help lead the transition towards a fairer, more equal, more open, more democratic – and, ultimately, more responsible world. The first version of Citizen Renaissance placed considerable emphasis on this and, if anything, the rapid acceleration and adoption of digital in the past three years since publication has made the centrality of communications more vital, if anything, not less.

The time has come for those who sneer and those who see conspiracies that do not exist to set aside their historic prejudices and relentless negativity. We need to embrace a more positive and optimistic worldview, if we are to crawl away from the current crises and to properly transition to an altogether happier and healthier state. The PR profession needs to find new ways of being, for sure – to genuinely advance shared interests – just as other industries and professions need to do likewise. I would like to think that a number of us are already showing the way and that we can become the change. We are all far from perfect – but, as the aphorism goes, every thousand mile journey must start with a single step.

My thoughts on this, from the Think 2011 conference in London on 12 May, can be found here.

The message is simple: PR can – and should – take its place at the vanguard of the peaceful revolution. Transition and Transformation will take us there.

Related Posts
Beyond the Bankers: The Advance of Citizen Capitalism
Citizen Capitalism and the Peaceful Revolution
Blowing hot and cold
The Decade of the Citizen
An Informed Society and a new hope?
Previous post
Citizen Capitalism and the Peaceful Revolution
Next post
Today’s flourishing enterprises should focus on wellbeing rather than growth

SOCIAL LINKS
RSS Feed
265 readers
Twitter
2357 followers
ABOUT CITIZEN RENAISSANCE
Citizen Renaissance was conceived by Jules Peck and Robert Phillips in the spring of 2008 – on the eve of the global economic crisis and before The Big Society had really seen the light of day. Originally published as a wiki, Citizen Renaissance explores the collision of the three seismic shifts of our time: the perfect storm surrounding Climate Change; the Wellbeing Imperative; and the axiomatic rise of Digital Democracy. At its heart lies a call for more citizen-centric thinking and behaviour and an end to the global imbalance of Wants & Needs. Citizen Renaissance continues today as a forum for thought; a platform for the exchange of ideas; and as a collaborative project that seeks to develop a Manifesto for Change.
THE AUTHORS
Jules Peck was Director of David Cameron’s Quality of Life Policy Group, advising the Conservative Party on wellbeing and environment issues.
Robert Phillips is the CEO of Edelman EMEA. Although a committed workaholic and Manchester United fan, Robert is still determined to change the world in his spare time.
DOWNLOAD THE BOOK
Your Name
Your Email

RECENT POSTS
CR david torso
Renaissance Realised
Jan 25, 2012
Citizen renaissance WEF Davos man
How might ‘Davos-man’ regain trust?
Jan 24, 2012
CR eurozone
Europe: The Crucible of Trust
Jan 23, 2012
Greed
Reclaiming Brundtland in 2012
Dec 21, 2011
Frostbite
Consumption for what?
Nov 15, 2011
BLOGROLL
Arkism
Chattering Class
Comment Central
CrowdSurfing
Demos
Force for Good
goodpurpose Community
Iain Dale’s Diary
Nick Robinson
Politics of Wellbeing
Richard Sambrook: The World at Large
Steffen’s blog
Valuing Nature
Web Cameron
Worldchanging