Many interesting and exciting things are happening in the global pr community…… Amongst these… °the sudden and lively revival of the debate on licensing of the profession (see preceding posts);°the substantial increase of investments in public relations in practically every country ;
°Poland has just announced year over year increase of 20%! Italy is more than 6%!
°the big agencies are making substantial increases in income and profits!
°universities in all countries are constantly increasing and expanding the quality of their offer, and a very important review of the 2000 Port of Entry report on education is due to be presented at Prsa’s international conference in Las Vegas in a few days;
°the World Bank, Fao and the Communication Initiative, also in partnership with the Global Alliance, are holding their first ever summit on Communication for Development next week in Rome and there will be more than 600 participants;
°the EU Commission is holding a major summit on listening to publics in Madrid next week;
°again in Madrid Dircom, the national association, is holding in the same days its International Forum;
°in early November in New York the IPR is celebrating James Grunig, while assigning the Pathfinder Award to Paul Argenti;
°Wole Adamolekun has just been elected Secretary General of Fapra (federation of African pr associations);
°Canada and Italy are taking on their public sector in order to ensure more transparency in tenders;
°the XPRL project has re-emerged and appears to be accelerating with an important conference in London scheduled for December 4….
and many many other events which I am sure to have forgotten, or that I am simply ignorant of.
No doubt that the Public Relations community has never been so active .
However, as Harold Burson said in Delhi a few days ago, all this is haphazard…which does of course imply that there is a new awareness on our part, but it also indicates that there is little, if any, coordination.
Is it too much to ask that the Global Alliance and ICCO to urgently sit down around the table (after all they are both ‘based’ in London…) and take up Burson’s challenge to investigate the licensing issue, and even before that to coordinate a pr for pr campaign??
And while they are at it…why don’t they also invite Iabc, Ipra and Euprera to join them?
Why not an informal summit of these groups?