Perspectives: A New Administration and the U.S. Technology Market
February 19, 2021
Tomorrow will mark one month since the U.S. Presidential Inauguration. It comes as no surprise that President Biden and his administration have spent these early days largely focused on Covid-19 relief and vaccination distribution – clearly among the most critical issues for all Americans and businesses today. But as the infrastructure breakdown in Texas and...
Can Your Organization Mandate Vaccinations for Workers? And Should It?
February 16, 2021
One question receiving attention in the U.S. is whether employers can require their employees to get vaccinated. In the U.S., grade schools generally require certain vaccinations before a student can attend classes. But can employers or the government do something similar? In short, yes. Employers can mandate the vaccine if they allow exceptions for certain...
The Transition to Recovery and Rebuilding: Consumer Trends and Policy Implications Provide Hope for the Hospitality Industry
May 5, 2020
While the social and economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has left no business untouched, few sectors of the economy have been as visibly ravaged as the hospitality industry. Based on the nature of on-premise food and drink establishments – places to gather with friends, receive personal service and meet new people – the...
Youth Climate Movement to Big Business: Ignore Us and You’ll Get Burned
February 4, 2020
Throughout history, generations of youth have catalyzed change. From the teenagers and young men who joined in the Boston Tea Party to students who led anti-war protests and civil rights marches in the ‘60s, young people have leveraged their values and idealism for good — in hopes of creating a brighter future. The big difference...
Opportunity on the Mountain: Navigating #WEF20
January 23, 2020
The annual World Economic Forum meeting, convened in Davos, Switzerland, provides more than 3,000 delegates – including titans of industry, NGOs and world leaders – a unique opportunity to discuss and find solutions to some of the most pressing, global socioeconomic and geopolitical issues of our time. The “Authenticity in Action” report shows that three...
How Businesses Are Approaching Voter Outreach in the Current Political Landscape
September 23, 2019
There is an increasingly delicate line for companies and brands to tread in the current political landscape regarding how they talk about policy and political issues. On one hand, based on our own Authenticity Gap research, we know that consumers are more loyal to companies and brands that take a clear stance on issues that...
Turning Up the Volume on Your Annual CSR/Sustainability Report
September 5, 2019
Releasing a CSR/sustainability report has been table stakes for companies for many years. Today, 93% of the world’s 250 largest companies and 86% of S&P 500 Index® Companies issue such a report. But given the substantial time and budget they put into this annual exercise, it’s surprising how often they leave stones unturned when it...
State Level Election Results Summary
November 12, 2010
If your clients are interested in learning what the election did in a state they care about, feel free to share with them the following summary outlining what happened (as of now) in each state. We will update this periodically but we have a number of clients who are using this document in their state...
An audible sigh of relief as Ireland affirms the Lisbon Treaty by 2:1 at the second time of asking – but Lisbon not a done deal just yet as attention moves to Poland and the Czech Republic
October 5, 2009
The Irish electorate's resounding “Yes” to the Lisbon Treaty this weekend (67.1% Yes, 32.9% No) has been welcomed by political leaders throughout the European Union and by European Commission President, JosÃ© Manuel Barroso. This time round Irish voters supported the Treaty, although some protagonists have been critical that the question was put to the people...
Lisbon – The Plot Thickens
September 15, 2009
The campaign for Lisbon ii is now well and truly on. Activity has hotted up in the last week as the protagonists on both the âYes' and âNo' sides focus on the prize. Posters, media attention and personalities are emerging and while the serious side of the campaign has so far been dominated by claims...
The second Irish vote on the Lisbon Treaty: same text, different context.
September 4, 2009
DÃ©jÃ vu, some would say. Different season, same reason. On June 13th 2008, in keeping with our constitutional obligations, the Irish people were asked to go to the polls to ratify the Lisbon Treaty by means of a referendum, rather than via parliamentary debate. âLisbon' is a treaty consisting of amendments to the two main...
The Curtain Goes Up for Japanese Election Drama
August 18, 2009
In our previous post about the Japanese general elections we spoke of the theatrics of this year's ballot. Well the show has officially begun, the campaigning period starting this very day, August 18th. With a variety of restrictions on the use of media and promotional materials, including online tools such as Twitter, candidates and party...
Biden's Journey to the White House
August 26, 2008
When I was 19 and a JR in college I loaded up my grandmother's Chevy citation and went to work in Manchester New Hampshire for my home-state senator Joe Biden. His sons were schoolmates of mine since middle school and his Chief of staff an old family friend. It was the natural place to start...