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(K)No(w) Limits: Why Constraints Unlock Creativity

(K)No(w) Limits: Why Constraints Unlock Creativity

by Drew Ferguson| September 30, 2020

Restrictions like social distancing, remote working and sheltering in place have placed huge constraints on people and brands for much of 2020—cancelling vacations and weddings, radically changing the scale and scope of events, ceremonies and trade shows. But instead of planning to make 2021 a do-over of these miserable last few months, maybe we’d all […]

Preparing Communicators for a Disrupted or Contested Election Result

Preparing Communicators for a Disrupted or Contested Election Result

by Jordan Campbell and Alla Shkiler| September 29, 2020

Beyond party platforms, candidate rhetoric and long-term policy implications, the U.S. election itself poses potential reputational risks for businesses. A growing consensus is emerging that the result of this year’s election, barring a huge landslide, could be delayed due to an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots and/or the result being contested, leading to a protracted […]

Real Talk, Real People, Real Issues: A Conversation with Activist Corey Rae

Real Talk, Real People, Real Issues: A Conversation with Activist Corey Rae

by Amanda Gadaleta| September 25, 2020

Corey Rae, the world’s first transgender prom queen, recently joined us for a compelling virtual discussion as part of Ketchum’s ongoing internal DE&I series “Real Talk, Real People, Real Issues.” As a woman of trans experience who is now an activist, actress, model, speaker and writer, Corey has found success working with brands, speaking at […]

COVID-19 Widens Tech Gap, Based on Age and Income

COVID-19 Widens Tech Gap, Based on Age and Income

by Melissa Kinch and Lisa Sullivan| September 24, 2020

Technology was supposed to be the great equalizer, hurdling societal and economic barriers to level the information playing field for all the world’s citizens. That premise has been in doubt for a while, however. And the global COVID-19 pandemic appears to be exposing ways that technology is deepening, not bridging, our world’s inequity gaps. The […]

Will “This is Paris” Upend the Influence Economy?

Will “This is Paris” Upend the Influence Economy?

by Clare Carluccio| September 23, 2020

Recently, Paris Hilton introduced us all to the real Paris Hilton. The heiress, world-renowned party girl and ditzy blonde we all thought we knew let us all in on the biggest secret of the influence economy: She’s playing a character. In her new feature-length documentary, “This is Paris,” available on YouTube, Hilton turned over control […]

The COVID Vaccine and the Case for Responsible Communications

The COVID Vaccine and the Case for Responsible Communications

by Con Franklin| September 22, 2020

The world-renowned Canadian immunologist Professor Sir John Bell has consistently been one of the most informative, illuminating voices in media interviews about the status of research and development toward a mass-scale COVID vaccine. In the face of difficult journalist questions—”Why not sooner?” “Why is it taking so long?”—he has often provided calm, dispassionate explanations around […]