Jericho Notices – February 2015

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Originally published in Jericho Chambers

Welcome to the latest (February) edition of Jericho Notices, the monthly update on what’s happening at Charterhouse Square.

Revolutionary Times

Our next edition of Revolutionary Times will, lip-smackingly, be out this week and, given on the proximity to St Valentine’s Day, is all about LOVE – but there’s a distinct absence of satin pink hearts, and nary a red rose in sight.

Through this particular tunnel of love George Pitcher paddles towards the value of accountability and en passant speaks of his deep affection for ‘recognition’, the discernment of patterns of goodness or justice. Jules Peck adores the New Economy, particularly his involvement in the Real Economy Lab, a collective enquiry concerning the future of economics, commerce and politics. Neal Lawson – with some irony – speaks of his favourite quotes from Margaret Thatcher, but ends on a high by exhorting those who would be rebels to be kind. Martin Lambie-Nairn reminds us that love is inspirational – and that leaders who want to be followed had better sip at the fountain of humility. Unveiling herself as a would-be card shark, Christine Armstrong’s deep love of her children duels with her immersion in books and ideas.

For Allan Biggar, curiosity is king in the affection stakes, the boundless tenacity of entrepreneurs giving him his kicks. Gary Mead speaks of words as his greatest love, and adds that love by definition for him is individual. Robert Phillips suavely shifts from the childhood tidying of linen cupboards to the importance of not ignoring the chaos of real people and lives. And Alaric Mostyn idolises Sherlock Holmes – not for his violin or cocaine – but for his methodology of problem solving, and his sticking to his own standards. Read on…

“A cracking good read”

So what else has Jericho been up to this last month? Perhaps most importantly, Robert’s book, Trust Me, PR Is Dead was rushed out in Kindle version by publishers Unbound on January 25, in response to popular demand. The hardback will be available from March and the paperback follows in June.

The book has received favourable early reviews, even from those comms. industry “watchers” who were initially sceptical of the book’s title. “Excellent ideas. Read it!” tweeted Weber Shandwick EMEA CEO, Colin Byrne, while The Holmes’ Report’s Arun Sudhaman wrote that the book is “provocative” and “very funny”. On Huffington Post Business, Margaret Heffernan wrote: “Trust Me, PR is Dead is the passionate revelation of a once confident, always creative communications maestro on his road to Damascus. Nothing he once believed seems real any more. Everything is subject to scrutiny, doubt and reinvention. But the revelation is simple but tough: instead of talking themselves up, companies should just start doing the right thing – for real. You can of course make your own mind up now….”

A wise crowd

Elsewhere, in an online poll, 64% of the ‘wise crowd’ agreed that PR is indeed dead. An interesting philosophical problem though arises, rather like that old conundrum of a Cretan saying that all Cretans are liars; if PR is dead, can we believe a poll in a PR publication…..?

Open Democracy

Moving from one dead form of PR to the revival of another form, over at Open Democracy, Neal Lawson argues that, with our current see-saw politics broken beyond repair, the case against proportional representation has melted away. And in a rousing piece for the New Statesman, Neal looks to lessons from Scotland to Spain and Greece, in which he sees a new political world emerging. According to Neal, politics is now operating at “three speeds”, and with citizen-centric p2p politics being by far the most innovative of the three spaces, Neal asks: can our establishment parties keep up?

Jules’ Real Economy Lab

Continuing the p2p theme, Jules has been blogging about mind-mapping the tribes of the diverse ‘new economy’ ecosystem, as part of his Real Economy Lab showcasing things like the commons, p2p, transition, fablab and maker movements.


In her regular Gamechangers column at IBT, Christine covers two ‘family’ orientated topics. Firstly the controversial view that ‘stressful and dangerous’ conventional IVF should be abandoned, according to Dr Geeta Nargund. This piece will feature as the cover story of March’s Management Today for a piece called ‘Freeze or Breed’. In the second piece, Sarah Counter, CEO, founder and director of Canary Wharf College Trust, talks about transforming education in East London by opening not one but three free schools on the Isle of Dogs.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Catherine Stewart Jericho’s Brussels’ member, is plotting an event on Brexit with Kingfisher’s ex CEO and new top Government NED, Sir Ian Cheshire. With business waking up to the Good, the Bad and the Ugly truths about Brexit, and the City split over staying in the EU, Jericho feels it’s time we hosted an upcoming debate on this crucial issue. So watch this space for news of that and, if you’d like to join us, please register your interest here.

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