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In line with my recent ‘You Can’t Beat Them So Why Not Join Them’ series, I recently published an article in The Guardian’s Sustainable Business section on the tech sector’s uneasy relationship with human rights groups. While greatly criticized for censorship and privacy breaches these past few years, a number of companies both large and small have undertaken initiatives that are helping dissidents in closed societies around the world. Recognition of such initiatives proves that, however much you have been part of the problem, it’s worth taking steps to be part of the solution too. Continue Reading…

As global climate, resource and economic issues continue to grow in complexity, I see a source of hope in what is otherwise viewed as a nuisance by many of my clients. The empowerment of networked individuals using social media has created unprecedented movements, like the 300 000+ person strong People’s Climate March in NYC this past September. Continue Reading…

Despite the title, I am not sending out this post just to be a shit disturber (though it is a role I have embraced with enthusiasm in the past). What I intend to do here is to provide a much needed reality check on the limits of online reputation management. Most articles on reputation management and digital branding focus on the form and quality of online corporate communications. However, even a seasoned communications professional will secretly admit that the best approaches only go so far when a client’s business practices, or core business itself, are widely viewed as problematic. Continue Reading…

In the previous posts of my Troll fighting series, I described some core damage control techniques for community managers when abusive behavior starts to show up on the sites or social media networks they moderate. These have included the need for solid House Rules as well as defensive tactics such as the Passionless Voice and the Hall of Shame. For those managing spaces where passions flare and it is important to maintain an open and respectful atmosphere, I feel a need to add prescriptions for a written Moderation Protocol. Beyond the House Rules established on most large discussion groups or social networks, the Moderation Protocol explains HOW these rules are to be applied. This is a must if you are delegating the moderation of your spaces to junior staff as missteps in applying rules, such as overzealous moderation or subjective preference of some points of view over others, can lead to damaging spinoff reputation issues for the host of the space.

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Recently, the #Social Survival Manifesto was presented to the membership of the International Public Relations Association through its Thought Leadership series. In my view, this is the perfect audience for Manifesto Principles as Public Relations professionals could very well become the natural guides on corporate online etiquette in years to come IF they embrace this new medium and give it the same attention they have traditionally given to the mainstream press. Continue Reading…