Journalism

I've written 300+ essays about innovation, communications and culture for Forbes and Advertising Age over the past decade. Previously, I wrote about brands & technology for Information Week.

Currently, I'm focused on exploring the way individuals, businesses, and institutions "talk" about issues, such as the impact of technology, via a bi-weekly column at Linkedin.

I also write about various aspects of the communications profession, sharing "3 Things You Should Know" research insights from my agency's deep experience around the world. These articles, also on Linkedin, are supported by free, downloadable .pdfs.

So What About The Gig Economy?

Participation in “alternative work arrangements” has declined slightly over the past decade or so, leading the New York Times to declare that the hype about it has been ove...

Corporate Values Are Worthless

Corporate values are all the rage these days. They’re worthless unless companies are willing to sacrifice for them. I say this because it’s just too easy to spend money, espec...

Is GDPR The Big Opt-Out?

All the emails you’ve been getting recently about your online privacy are a great opportunity to assess your situation. The good news is that you can opt-out. The bad news is th...

I Kinda Like The New Best Buy Ad

I kinda like Best Buy’s new ad campaign focused on its employees as problem solvers. I wish they’d gone further. A 30-second TV spot entitled “Talk the Talk” has a politic...

Is the Model T Coming Back?

Ford’s recent announcement that it will effectively exit the passenger sedan market suggests a deeper shift in the ways we will get around in the future. “May car sales are fl...

I’m Ready To Lead WPP

With Sir Martin Sorrell gone from the integrated marketing services company he assembled and led for over 30 years, there’s talk that it’ll be broken up in the face of competit...

The NRA Just Became Irrelevant

Last weekend’s marches against gun violence elevated the conversation past the deflection and vitriol of the NRA. Ex-politician Rick Santorum revealed the emptiness of that “...

Don’t Blame Amazon

Toys “R” Us is closing its stores, and most analyses blame Amazon and online retailing generally. The explanations are misdirected and, at best, incomplete. Three trends combi...

Sugary Drinks Aren’t Cigarettes

In the UK, Coca-Cola has brought more than 100,000 school kids to visit its manufacturing and recycling plants, and it funds an annual business competition that has touched 390,000...

The Case For Regulating A.I.

There are many reasons why we shouldn’t regulate artificial intelligence, or “A.I.,” one reason why we should. The case against regulation was argued most recently in a New...

CES: The Festival of Frivolity

Olivia Solon just wrote a brilliant piece in The Guardian about the inanity of the Consumer Electronics Show. I worry the situation may even be more dire than she suggests. So...