April 14, 2015

That Doesn’t Sound Like Me

Excessive screen time is a common catalyst for many parent-child battles these days. In one recent skirmish over continuous messaging with a friend, I wrestled the iPad from the hands of my 8-year-old and hastily typed a retort. “No, Bridget. I may not play ‘guess the emoji game’ with you again. It is our dinnertime. I must spend time with my family.” My daughter was at once dismayed and humored. “Mom, I can’t believe you did that,” she said. And, I would NEVER speak like that. You do not sound like me.” Aaah. She said it. And it was true.
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March 31, 2015

On being careful what you wish for….

As a communications consultant you spend an inordinate amount of time wondering whether the coverage of the issue you’re paid to manage will be fair, accurate or widely consumed by the audiences that mean most to you.
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March 27, 2015

From the Desk Of: Our Executive Liaison

So, I’ve been asked to choose a few items in my office that reflect some of my interests and what’s important to me. As I spend a minimum of eight hours a day, five days a week in this space, I like to be surrounded by visuals that make me feel good about being there.
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March 20, 2015

An Anthropologist Walks Into an Agency

We love food. It connects us, soothes us and nourishes us. But man, do we also love to hate it. This hatred creates complex situations for governments, corporations, consumers, farmers, manufacturers and regulators. For scores of issues management folks, marketers and PR types, food keeps us engaged in, well, not solving world hunger, but otherwise working at cracking some pretty big nuts. As an anthropologist and PR practitioner, I share in this effort from a standpoint that yields insight on stakeholder perspective, messaging nuance and the larger strategy.
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March 05, 2015

And So On: The Karma Interview

At Karma we can finish each other's sentences, but we never run out of questions which is why we paired two colleagues from separate departments and challenged them to an interview. We wanted to learn more about them, their jobs, their hobbies and what makes them tick.
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February 19, 2015

Why This Mac-wired Designer Tapped the Motorola Nexus 6

It’s almost too easy conjuring up an image of a stereotypical graphic designer—black-rimmed glasses, plaid shirt, tennis shoes and of course, the ubiquitous iPhone. Here at Karma, Apple products saturate both floors of the office for creative and account members alike. Almost 99% of my colleagues use iPhones, and I cannot blame them. Apple creates products that are lustworthy and beautiful to operate. So why did I end up choosing Google’s Nexus 6 Android phone? One word: Productivity.
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February 12, 2015

In Defense of Bringing your Ukulele to Work

Bricks and blocks and magnetic balls have become all but essential elements of the creative work place. And, as the proud owner of a motley collection of desktop figurines, I freely admit that toys of any sort are wonderful tools for daydreaming, encouraging playful new ideas and inciting outside perspectives. But I think it’s time we introduced a new, more pluckable paperweight to office culture. One that allows its player to explore more than sight, touch and spatiality, but time, tone and tambour too. Enter that chief of happy instruments: the ukulele.
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February 10, 2015

Brian Williams and the Fog of Time

There are things that are certainly true about NBC anchor Brian Williams and what he has been near. He did ride in at least one helicopter in Iraq at a time when at least one other helicopter took hostile fire. He did ride in at least one helicopter in Israel at a time when rockets were being fired at Israel from Lebanon. He was in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina at a time when bodies floated in some streets. It was his job to observe these experiences and it is to his shame that he has somehow managed to turn at least one of those ‘observed’ experiences into a ‘shared’ experience. So now he has announced a few voluntary days off while journalists and veterans express their outrage and suggest how severely he be punished. What we would most like to know, though, is simple. Why?
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February 02, 2015

Live-Tweeting's Got Game

Last night, Karma, along with millions of others, turned to social media to join the conversation about #SuperBowlXLIX.
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February 02, 2015

SuperSpots 2015

No Monster.com breakaways and no Danica Patrick slo-mo’s, but rather this year’s Super Bowl offered a refreshing crop of work that kept pace with a nail biter. Here’s our Karma metric on the stand-outers.
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