when you feel ‘cornered’ there are at least two ways to react: step back or accelerate.
I am happy to inform you that I have decided to accelerate, and from the day after tomorrow (Sunday, April 15, Italian time) this blog will have exhausted its function and will move on to a cooperative blog under the new url www.prconversations.com , where I will be joined, initially by five other regular contributors from as many countries (in alphabetical order): Catherine Arrow from New Zealand, Joao Duarte from Portugal, Judy Gombita from Canada, Markus Pirchner from Austria and Jon White from the UK. My good friend and Indian scholar Sriramesh Krishnamurthy has also accepted to join us, but not before the end of April.
By no means and in no way does this list intend to remain ‘closed’, both by nationality nor by specific practice. I can think of many, many other friends and colleagues that I would very much like to invite to contribute along the same lines, as I am sure that my other initial contributors will also want to invite others as well.
Ideally I would wish move one step forward towards the initial goal I expressed (or you may read here the ‘this blog’ text on the right hand column) when this adventure first began seven months ago: The ambition of this blog -I wrote then- is to become a truly global space to debate about public relations in the world today, by facilitating all who are interested in being updated and wish to comment on the developments of our profession, to read news and opinions from concerned professionals and scholars from all continents who, I hope, will be stimulated to proactively cooperate with me in this venture.
When I say I feel ‘cornered’ I mean that:
a- my professional life has become more hectic than ever (the older you get, the more you feel you are losing something…. and in my case this is getting problematic..);
b- at the same time (and in coherence with the parenthesis in the previous point) I am increasingly nervous and confused about the extraordinary potential of this environment and that I am not doing enough to explore it and benefit from it. Is this is already an advanced stage of ISMS (internet social media syndrome)?
Initial participants have kindly agreed to post at least once a month, so this should ensure one or two posts per week. It is difficult to anticipate what they will be about, but I very much hope that -as diverse as the topics will surely and hopefully be- the overall approach and attitude will be coherent in the sense of ensuring a continual quest for concepts which might assist the professional community worldwide in expanding its curiosity, its knowledge, its relationships and –most of all- its attraction towards a better understanding of the changing environment as well as the changing approaches with which public relations may contribute a better quality of life for communities in every part of the world.I am confident that the many visitors and commenters to this blog, which have sofar highy gratified me with their attention, will be much more attracted and satisfied with the new one coming out on Sunday.
Good bye and good luck…..see you from Sunday on www.prconversations.com
toni muzi falconi