The ‘social licence’ myth

by H+K Canada

October 5, 2016

The ‘social licence’ myth

Original post published by the National Post on October 4, 2016. The term “social licence” is fast becoming one of those ubiquitous expressions that everyone uses, but nobody understands. To some, social licence is a shield used to defend the public interest. To others, it is a sword used to strike down specific infrastructure projects or other … Read more

Helping Your Voice Cut Through from Davos

Davos

The end of January is a key milestone in the calendar of global business leaders as they prepare to descend upon a small Swiss ski resort. Each year debates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos become key drivers of newspaper columns and broadcast slots across the international news media. Many communications leads are … Read more

The Power of the Public

power of the public

Unseating CEOs, disrupting businesses, politicizing corporate strategy, destroying products and creating new markets: The power of the public is relentlessly shaping the license to operate for organisations big and small. The expression “power to the people” has for decades been both a political slogan and cultural expression, often used to describe opposition to an establishment. Entering … Read more

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With the results in from yesterday’s election in the United Kingdom, it appears that Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s strategy of calling for an early snap election to garner a “stronger mandate” to move the country forward with Brexit has failed. Prime Minister May’s gamble backfired, as did that of her predecessor, Prime Minister David … Read more

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Friends & Colleagues, For years, I have been fascinated by the relationship between the public and legislative bodies, both the U.S. Congress and those at the state level. What has particularly amazed me is how often very intelligent people feel compelled to ask elected officials for permission to advance their agenda as opposed to first … Read more

The “Martin Principle”

Friends & Colleagues, Over 10 years ago, I started showing friends and clients a chart of the progression of enlightened public awareness from 1960 to what was then the turn of the century: Of course, this was before 750 million people worldwide joined Facebook and long before I stumbled onto the notion that we are … Read more