Just about the only thing many of us are thinking about these days is the endangered state of American democracy, especially since the attempted coup on Jan. 6. In this episode, Spencer Critchley offers some of his thoughts, and invites you to share yours.Continue Reading about The Attack on Democracy
In this episode, Spencer talks about what history can teach us about how to face the attack on democracy happening now: Why we can’t “just move on” after the Capitol riot — or everything else … Continue Reading…
Where We Are & Where We’re Going Listen to the episode here — or subscribe with Apple Podcasts and other podcast apps. Zach Friend is an author and a public policy and communications expert who has worked for Barack Obama and John Kerry’s presidential campaigns, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the Senate, the […]Continue Reading about Zach & Spencer on Election 2020
Why and How Republican Campaign Experts Are Trying to Defeat a Republican President Listen to the episode here — or subscribe with Apple Podcasts and other podcast apps. Mike Madrid is one of America’s leading Republican political strategists. In particular, he’s an expert on Latino voting trends, starting with his master’s thesis at Georgetown University. […]Continue Reading about Mike Madrid of the Lincoln Project
As a county supervisor in Santa Cruz County, California, Ryan Coonerty is having to cope with two historic challenges: the national coronavirus pandemic and the catastrophic western wildfires. Both disasters have hit his community hard. In this episode, host Spencer Critchley talks with Ryan about leadership in a time of crisis — or crises. Excerpt […]Continue Reading about Ryan Coonerty: Facing Historic Wildfires and a Pandemic—at the Same Time
Social marketing uses the persuasion techniques normally used to sell potato chips, fashion, detergent, cars, and endless other consumer products, but for social good campaigns. Listen to the audio podcast version of this episode (#34) on Apple Podcasts or any podcast app. Knowing how to do social marketing right is important to nonprofits, socially responsible […]Continue Reading about Video: How to Do Social Impact Marketing That Works
The election of Donald Trump shocked America and the world — and that included Dastardly Cleverness host Spencer Critchley. But Spencer believes now that we should have seen Trump coming, like we should have seen the approach of this hyper-partisan crisis of democracy we’re going through. He’s written a book about it, called Patriots of […]Continue Reading about Patriots of Two Nations: Why Trump Was Inevitable & What Happens Next
It’s hard to match Brent Colburn’s experience in dealing with high-stakes communication challenges. Brent has led communications for the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Managment Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (where he was Chief of Staff), the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (created by Facebook CEO Mark […]Continue Reading about How to Communicate in a Crisis: Lessons from the Pentagon, Homeland Security, FEMA & More
Mark Barker and Jordan Ruden are the co-founders of digital marketing agency Craft & Commerce, and are experts in the use of online media to persuade people, whether to back a cause or vote for a candidate.
They say the Trump campaign’s mastery of that is a big reason why Donald Trump won in 2016 — and why he may win again.
Republicans now seem to get social media, email, and the rest of the online world better than Democrats do, even though Democrats like Howard Dean and Barack Obama were online pioneers.
Mark and Jordan have fascinating insights into how Democrats lost their lead, how Republicans took it over, and what it means for how we all communicate.Continue Reading about How Republicans Are Beating Democrats Online, With Mark Barker & Jordan Ruden
Tracy Palandjian has the kind of background that sets a person up for a lucrative career in business or finance. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with an economics degree, and then graduated with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, an honor given to the top five percent of the graduating class.
But she ended up choosing a different path: using the power of money and her financial skills to help solve big social problems. Her nonprofit, Social Finance, has helped direct more than $100 million toward challenges in criminal justice, early childhood education, workforce development, health, and homelessness.Continue Reading about Tracy Palandjian: Changing How Change Happens, With Pay for Success