SOTU 2015
How did you follow the State of the Union?

How did you follow the State of the Union?

For an hour on Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. He opened his speech remarking that we are 15 years into this new century. To me it felt like the first truly contemporary SOTU. Perhaps …

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Carbon Tax
A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change

A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change

In his 1/9 Washington Post oped, “Raise the gas tax. A lot,” conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer argues for a hike in the gas tax of a dollar a gallon. After double-checking I wasn’t reading The Onion, I wrote a

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Failed New Years Resolutions
Call for Evangelizing in 2015

Call for Evangelizing in 2015

This is not, I repeat, not, a tired and ill-fated New Year’s Resolution. Like so many Ab Blasters and Grapefruit Diets relegated to the trash heap of self-improvement history, I am giving up that convention for the Open Call. I’d …

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David and Solar
Solar power on the darkest day of the year

Solar power on the darkest day of the year

I charge my plug-in hybrid car with the solar panels on my roof. Ford included me in a beautifully shot web ad on the winter solstice with two others who also run their cars on the sun, even on the …

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Violence and the Media in 2014: Q&A with Lori…

Violence and the Media in 2014: Q&A with Lori Dorfman

This piece originally ran on the the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health blog. 

A culture of violence is the antithesis to a Culture of Health. As Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey recently said in …

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Artists Against Fracking
Governor Cuomo says No to Fracking

Governor Cuomo says No to Fracking

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in New York will go down as among his most significant acts, fast-forwarding the state to a clean energy future. His courage to buck the conventional wisdom that fracked gas is a needed …

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NY Times: New Owners for an Agency That Markets…

NY Times: New Owners for an Agency That Markets for a Cause

Published by NY Times December 16, 2014

ONE of the first agencies devoted to handling communications efforts for causes, nonprofit organizations, charities, foundations and activists seeking social change — a specialty that is now thriving — is being sold by …

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Measuring Success, Not Just Numbers

Measuring Success, Not Just Numbers

“Was it a good ROI?”

“What was our reach?”

“But did it go viral?”

If you’ve ever run a digital campaign, you’ve surely encountered these three questions in one shape or another. Digital campaigners are a data-obsessed group, and often …

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How to Talk About Poverty (And How Not to)

How to Talk About Poverty (And How Not to)

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to help lead a presentation at #ComNet14, to share lessons from a year-long message research project we conducted in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Global Strategy Group. One key takeaway: …

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Tom Hayden, part of a group objecting to the Pentagon’s history of the war.
Keeping the Pentagon from Rewriting History

Keeping the Pentagon from Rewriting History

On the front page of the New York Times on Friday, October 10, is the story of anti-Vietnam War veterans, scholars and activists who we helped challenge the Pentagon’s attempt at rewriting the history of the Vietnam War. Read the full …

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Alta Gracia
Can you make clothes without sweatshop labor?

Can you make clothes without sweatshop labor?

That’s exactly what Alta Gracia, a long-time Fenton client and the only non-sweatshop apparel-maker in the developing world, is doing.

Alta Gracia was recently featured in The Huffington Post for supplying colleges and universities all over the United States …

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Desmond Tutu speaks about climate change
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Remarks on Climate Change

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Remarks on Climate Change

“The destruction of the earth’s environment is the human rights challenge of our time.”

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Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity…

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels

We  are proud to be part of this historic movement away from fossil fuels, and to have worked closely on this story for our client the Wallace Global Fund.

Story originally appeared in The New York Times September 21,

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ALS Awareness and the Philanthromeme

ALS Awareness and the Philanthromeme

If you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re about to.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the Internet by storm – the latest in a series of viral efforts to raise awareness (and money) for important causes, like ALS. …

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Global Muckraking book
Global Muckraking; 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around…

Global Muckraking; 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World

Soon to be released, Global Muckraking; 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World, is a groundbreaking collection of articles unmasking exploitation, abuse, and oppression over the past one hundred years. Organized around general topics including labor abuses, …

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A Gathering of Leaders 2014
Lessons Learned from #AGoL2014

Lessons Learned from #AGoL2014

Recently, in Oakland, California, A Gathering of Leaders (AGoL) brought together more than 400 leaders from across the country to continue building a movement where success for boys and men of color is not the exception, but the norm. I …

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Fenton joins A Gathering of Leaders

Fenton joins A Gathering of Leaders

A future in which success for boys and men of color is the norm.

That is the vision. But what will it take to achieve significant change? A broad-based movement and the strategic coordination of funders, researchers, policymakers, advocates and …

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What if We Could Reimagine, Redesign and Regenerate?

What if We Could Reimagine, Redesign and Regenerate?

This question was the theme of Sustainable Brands ’14, hosted in San Diego last week. Fenton’s Sustainability and CSR team attended to moderate  panels on human capital, forced labor and trafficking, and to exhibit in the Activation Hub.

From the …

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