Talking Points Blog

Each year, I make a “coffee list.” Essentially, it’s 12-15 people I really want to have coffee with this year. It’s not an expansive list. Most years, I have coffee with upwards of 75+ people. But, as we all know, 2020 is not a typical year. That said, I have had coffee with six people

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about steps I believe companies across the country (and world) should be taking to put an end to systemic racism in our culture–and our industry. I felt weird writing it because, after  all, people in my age group and race (middle to older white men) are a

Read yet another media story on working remotely and how it will change work forever once the pandemic is over. This one, from Bloomberg, actually took the opposite stance and talked about how the future of work is in the office. But, all these media reports and articles are ignoring the bigger issue right now:

No one will question that the global pandemic has had far-reaching impacts on our daily lives–in just three short months. It’s changed how we work. It’s changed how we eat out. It’s changed how (if) we travel. But, it’s also changed how social media marketing is working–in quite a big way. And, in a very

The last couple weeks, amidst the marches and protests, we started to see companies put speaking up racial injustice–with their pocketbooks. Many people would say, “it’s about time.” To be fair, some companies, like Ben & Jerrys, have been speaking up for years, and making a difference with their investments. But, in the last two

Earlier this week George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis Police Department. By now, you’ve seen the video. You’ve probably also seen the aftermath–here in Minneapolis and in spots across the country. Enough is enough. We need real change. Now. My family lives 16 blocks from where Floyd was murdered. We visit a restaurant just

In case you missed it, John Krasinksi’s popular “Some Good News” was sold to VIACOM-CBS last week. It’s not all that surprising. According to an AdAge article, SGN generated 55.3M views on Facebook alone since its inception–outranking Stephen Colbert and Seth Myers of late-night fame. It only trailed Noah, Fallon and Corden, but Krasinksi had

Last Saturday, there was a wonderful article in the Variety section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune about groups of kids who had started neighborhood newspapers during the pandemic. I can’t tell you how much I loved that article–for a couple reasons. First, we need more local journalism–whether it’s professional or not. People want to learn