Tackling the moral issues of new technology

One of the things I love the most about SXSW is the potential for random encounters and discussions about new technology. The first one for me was on the plane before we’d even landed, when I met a fascinating woman who was visiting SXSW to assess the possibilities for technology to bring education to a …

My Diversity and Inclusion Wishlist for PR and Communications

Over the last eighteen months I’ve been working in the area of diversity and inclusion for Big Voice Communications, which is a specialist diversity and inclusion communications consultancy. I’ve learnt a lot about diversity and inclusion, accessibility, and inclusive marketing and communications. I’ve loved my experience and the work is extremely rewarding. And I’ve been …

Why a difference of opinion is important in comms – how Nike’s Nothing Beats a Londoner advert proves this point

By Chris Wilson, The Nothing Beats a Londoner advert from Nike has been a great success. Every news outlet shared it online, it received thousands of tweets and sparked conversations on Facebook, in the office and on multiple Whatsapp groups. The immediate general consensus was ‘wow, this is brilliant’. Well. I hate it. In my …

Are women better than men at handling a crisis?

Are men better at handling a crisis than women are? Are women indecisive and less reliable than men? Do women generally seek others’ approval before they make a decision? Is women’s inclination to listen to diverse view points seen as a gender weakness? According to Dr Therese Houston, women generally advance in leadership roles when …

Taylor Bennett Foundation Launches in Scotland

A charity set up to tackle the lack of ethnic diversity in the communications industry is to launch its first graduate training programme in Scotland. The Taylor Bennett Foundation (TBF), which works with PR agencies and in-house communications teams to provide intensive training for black and minority ethnic (BAME) graduates, will launch its first programme …

The Presidents Club – PR gestures not enough

By Matt Baldwin, Coast, The Presidents Club has been quietly doing its thing for the past 30 years, raising not inconsiderable amounts of cash for charities.  Rumours of bad behaviour have followed it for many years, but it wasn’t alone. Stories regularly emerge from the City where women are the butt of bad behaviour from …

The True Value of Diversity

By Kate Rattigan The lack of diversity in the public relations industry is an issue that has been brought to light by CIPR in their “From Diversity to Inclusion” report (CIPR, 2015). The report reveals that only 9% of PR practitioners are from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. It also reveals that the industry …

Public Relations in 2018 – five risks

After a couple of years of economic, political and social turmoil you might be fooled into thinking 2018 is going to be a comparative walk in the park. There are some big challenges on the horizon but, with some careful thought and planning, these can be professionally negotiated. Here are five things that should already …

Getting ready for your first Gender Pay Audit

In a few months’ time many PR teams are going to face a major challenge when, for the first time, the law will require their employer or client to publish details of their own gender pay audit. The Fawcett Gender Pay Gap Conference on Thursday 12 October, explored what organisations should expect from their first …