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.

Is Bob Lutz Right?

Yesterday, a former top GM exec failed to convince an array of CNBC talking heads that Tesla is doomed. I wonder if he’s right or not, and whether we have the capacity to judge a...

Do Logos Matter Anymore?

A recent study asked people to draw logos of well-known brands from memory. Most of them failed, but does it matter? The study, which prompted drawings that ranged from nutty my-f...

Earth, Our Only Home

Stephen Hawking has said that mankind must move to another planet within a century or so in order to survive. Elon Musk thinks Mars is the answer. Neither guy is asking the rig...

Two-Faced Brands

Comcast’s marketers want customers to choose its offers while its government affairs team tries to limit their choices. Can brands really have it both ways? This cognitive disso...

Economic Myths

The latest tax bill under consideration in Washington supposes that money saved by companies will create jobs and improve wages. A sympathetic interest group called the Tax Foun...

Knee-Jerk Capitalism

Almost a quarter of millennials have a favorable view of Karl Marx, and one MarketWatch writer thinks Donald Trump Jr. needs to educate them on the evils of socialism. A survey...

I Love These Ads

The LA Metro is running PSAs that look like Japanese commercials. The spots are insane, and I love them. The three spots feature a girl who transforms into a superhero — S...

We Never Intended

When Facebook’s ad targeting algorithms were used by racists to target fellow haters,  Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg explained, “We never intended or anticipated this functio...

The First Era After Time

We are living through the first era after time. History has been defined in large part by the interaction of people, places, and ideas that were previously isolated. Wars were fou...

McDonald’s Is Doomed

I eat at McDonald's now and then, and I like it. But last week's news that it's working on tech for "the restaurant of the future" tells me it's doomed. Publicis.Sapient and C...

How Will Haters Find Love?

OkCupid isn’t going to let Nazis use its site anymore, and other social platforms are asking users to report hate speech. It’s the wrong answer to a real problem. Before yo...

Persuasion in the Age of Why Not?

Believing that the world is flat is a thing these days, proving again the persuasive power of “why not?” I mean, why couldn’t it be true? It looks flat to me, so the idea ji...

Volvo Dares To Stand For Something

Volvo has announced it will stop making cars powered by combustion-only engines by 2019. It's a shockingly smart, if somewhat risky strategy. The Swedish carmaker once made quirky...