This week the Tampa Bay Times announced buyouts in advance of job reductions, the result of continued declines in revenue and circulation. Just five months ago the Times implemented a pay-wall while Amazon’s Jeff Bezo’s made a significant investment in a failing industry by purchasing the Washington Post.
With the Post purchase in October I reiterated my [...]
Last week’s move by Chipotle is a great preview of how corporations may someday keep each other in check without tight regulation as they compete to outdo each other’s social impact. This entry is an excerpt from my book Corporate Empathy that you can read or watch [...]
This week Chipotle has made another move in their campaign to change the course of corporate agribusiness and continues to expand a brilliant case study in brand development. After the success of last September’s Scarecrow the restaurant chain has stepped into new territory again by debuting an original comedy series “Farmed and Dangerous” on [...]
This week two opposing partnerships in the evolution of gender equality gained coverage for taking big steps; one forward, the other backward – mostly.
As I have said previously and believe more strongly than ever, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most influential people on [...]
In early February we were celebrating Facebook’s 10th anniversary by sharing “Look Back” videos automatically generated by Facebook. On the surface these movies are simply the result of a computer algorithm pulling data from our Facebook timeline and interactions over the past decade. However, when we peer deeper into the roughly 3,650 days [...]
The announcement by JCPenney this week that they will close 33 stores and lay off around 2,000 employees is generating a lot of media coverage and social media chatter. The company has been in trouble for a number of years and has tried multiple times to update it’s brand appeal with today’s shoppers. [...]
Last week Gary Vaynerchuk, author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook and The Thank You Economy posted an insightful article to LinkedIn about a dramatic shift that our society is experiencing right now that can be observed readily in pop culture and consumer marketing.
Since the 1960s Milton Friedman taught economics at the University of Chicago’s College of Economics and was even awarded a nobel prize for his theories. I highlighted in November that he was not the only one with a idea and that sometimes the wrong ideas win.
Unfortunately Friedman’s theories did win and [...]
A cousin posted a link to this driving safety PSA from New Zealand and since it’s been quite a while since I have covered PSAs of any kind I thought it might be a topic to resurrect if you will pardon the pun.
In a change from the typical Final Destination format of [...]
Often we are shown the differences between how rich and poor people think, act, and react to certain life events and situations. “Wealthy people think… while poor people think…” etc.
In an NPR interview last week Sendhil Mullainathan begins to look at some of the ways we think alike.
[Mullainathan], A Harvard economist finds there [...]