Jericho Notices – March 2015

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Originally published in Jericho Chambers

Welcome to the March edition of Jericho Notices, the monthly update on what’s going on at 12a Charterhouse Square. Trust us – a lot is going on.

Our minds have been whirring away about how organisations maintain a process of engagement and dialogue and what the benefits are.

Permanent Engagement in Theory

Roberts’s book Trust Me, PR is Dead continues to make waves around the industry since its kindle release last month, alongside some cracking reviews. Its hard and soft back editions are due out in the coming months. Blogging for Compass, Robert has further outlined why those stuck in the old ways, that are opposed to citizen empowerment, must change and begin instead a process of permanent engagement, particularly the corporates and politicians.

Permanent Engagement in Practice

One such organisation that has started the processes envisioned in permanent engagement is KPMG. Over the past few months Jericho Chambers has been working closely alongside CoVi– the visual think tank – to help KPMG kick-start a debate on Responsible Tax for the Common Good across a large spectrum of stakeholders, using roundtables, workshops, video interviews and a variety of other communication tools. The process started with a two-day Jericho session on the purpose of tax – which led us to tax for the common good.  This was followed by a series of private roundtables and a Chatham House Rule web platform to thrash out issues. Now the programme has gone public, and we are developing a unique process of ongoing engagement to build, where we can, understanding and consensus on responsible tax and tax advice.

Good Business in theory and practice

Jules Peck has just authored an important new report for three major Swiss charitable Foundations, making strategic recommendations on a new approach to supporting and generating systemic change in the economy. The report suggests ways funders can be part of creating the seeds of a very new economy, fit for both people and planet. The report’s recommendations will now be used to inform the design and operation of a new multi-million dollar fund for systemic change and new economy work. The report has also kicked off active discussions in the wider funding world about how systemic change and the new economy needs to be the new focus for civil society, and its funders.

Over at IBT Christine reviewed the work of Jim Woods – CEO of The Crowd. Its mission is to “empower a network of people to be transformative by knowledge sharing”. It connects 10,000 people interested in sustainability and meets monthly to “inspire and connect”.

Is now a good time?

Christine has gone to great lengths to find an answer to the age-old question of ‘Is there a right time to have kids?’ Across the wide business landscape she has questioned those who had children early on and those who left it later, weighing the pros and cons.

Last Sunday marked International Women’s Day, and Gary Mead threw himself at the issue of women in business. Our society is struggling unnecessarily because women are excluded in vast numbers from positions of power and decision making. Perhaps the most potent point Gary made was that ‘what’s even more important is getting the 50-50 balance from top to bottom in all spheres of life, corporate and otherwise.

And did you know there is an election coming?

In the New Statesman Neal (that’s me) made a rallying call forprogressive tactical voting at the general election in May. He called for the progressive voter base to put aside party differences and secure a future, away from the failed model of austerity and hopelessness.

And in anticipation of what might be a dull election, several faces from Jericho were seen at Change: How? including Neal speaking here. Is this how politics should be?

Last but not least, we won’t Roo the day

Jericho welcomes Roo Mackie.  Roo is a brand agitator – challenging clients to marry disciplined process with creative thought. The end product is value creation and tangible business impact. We are lucky to have her.

Yes we can spare a dime

And, Buddy Steiner-Lawson has joined us for a couple of months to help run the office and carry out research. Welcome Buddy.

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