Inte ett barn som alla andra

Den 3 april 2018 är det exakt 100 år sedan slutstriden i slaget om Tammerfors under inbördeskriget i Finland. I slagets första timmar på morgonen den 3 april dödades min farfar, historikern Olof Palme, som var en av initiativtagarna till den svenska frivilligkåren, “Svenska Brigaden”, i kriget. Här följer ett kapitel ur en kommande bok om . . . → Read More: Inte ett barn som alla andra

När Lenin bytte tåg i Bräcke

Bräcke station där Lenin bytte tåg för 100 år sedan. Så här ser den ut idag.

Den 14 april 1917 klockan halv sex på morgonen tuffade nattåget från Stockholm in på Bräcke station i Jämtland. Under första världskriget var det intensiv trafik på norra stambanan från Stockholm, med affärsmän, diplomater och utväxlade krigsfångar på väg . . . → Read More: När Lenin bytte tåg i Bräcke

Reinventing the Information Search

Information has become execeptionally easy to come by in the age of the web. Make a simple search for a person, a celebrity, a monument, a restaurant or a city anywhere in the world on Google and you will get loads of results, but almost always in a lifeless text format.

A recently launched startup with . . . → Read More: Reinventing the Information Search

Staying Ahead With Social Media

The fact that internet has radically changed the nature of public relations and public affairs may be a matter of course and need not be repeated. Internet has simplified PR, but it has also increased the responsibilities of users, whether they are commercial or non-profit.

While it is easier to release information, get in . . . → Read More: Staying Ahead With Social Media

…and the Winner is…

…”Africa in Uncertain Times“!

The Nordic Africa Institute Annual Report 2009 tonight won the Swedish Publishing Award (Svenska Publishing-Priset) 2010 in the category “Annual reports for organisations”. This is a very satisfying outcome. The NAI Annual Report 2009 was a product I conceived and nurtured to completion in my capacity as editor and chief responsible during many . . . → Read More: …and the Winner is…

The Powell Memorandum at 40

We are approaching a memorable day in the modern history of public advocacy: the 40th anniversary of the “Powell Memorandum“. In August 1971, Lewis F. Powell, then a corporate lawyer and later a judge on the U.S. Supreme Court, wrote a memo . . . → Read More: The Powell Memorandum at 40

What Makes a Useful Annual Report?

Annual reports are produced by corporations, organizations and government institutions to inform stakeholders of their financial and material result in the past year. It’s a powerful piece of communication that can receive a lot of attention if it’s well done. With so much importance placed on one document, it can also appear to be . . . → Read More: What Makes a Useful Annual Report?

The Changing Face of Media Usage

The use and consumption of media and information is changing drastically. In the past 10 years there has been something of a revolution in how audiences (at least in the northern hemisphere) are consuming information – and contributing to the information flow.

Pew Research Center, a Washington D.C. based thinktank, recently released some highly revealing data and . . . → Read More: The Changing Face of Media Usage

BP – Where Is the Crisis Team?

“Where is the crisis management plan?” is a question I and many others have been asking for weeks after watching and listening to a string of unforgivable communications blunders by BP senior staff in the wake of the continuing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The foot-in-the-mouth activities of BP haven’t stopped since and many . . . → Read More: BP – Where Is the Crisis Team?

Rule 1A: Be Truthful

For public organizations, government authorities and NGOs there is something alluring in the language and imagery of commercial advertising. The vivid music, engaging pictures and action filled language of Madison Avenue is far from the dryness normally associated with public information. It’s not surprising that public information specialists look with envy at the products of their . . . → Read More: Rule 1A: Be Truthful