Vanguard Celebrates 25 Years of Communicating for Social Change


Source: Vanguard Communications

On March 2, 1987, I joined my mentor and friend, Diane MacEachern, to found Vanguard Communications.  While I was only 26 years old, by then I had witnessed and participated in dozens of communications campaigns that incited change in environmental legislation, women’s reproductive rights, Supreme Court justice nominations, food safety regulations […]

Why the SOPA Blackout Worked


Photo courtesy of acf_windy on Flickr

When we first posted about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) blackout protest scheduled for January 23, we had no idea that Wikipedia and Reddit (which had planned a January 18 blackout protest) would persuade other sites to join their effort yesterday. According to the Los Angeles Times, more […]

Beware: Monday, January 23, the Internet May Go Dark


Flickr photo courtesy of Redjar

While I may not be able to foresee  the future, my media savvy crystal ball is suggesting that Monday, January 23, 2012, will be a dark day for communicators.

If you haven’t heard the troubling news already, Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Paypal and other major Internet mainstays will be staging a “blackout” on January […]

The Culture of Spanking


“Warning,” the morning anchor intoned. “The video you are about to see is graphic, and may be hard to watch.”

Which ensured that we all would watch, of course. And I did watch — in discomfort and then growing  horror —  as a Texas judge whaled away at his then 16-year-old daughter with a leather […]

It Gets Better: The Video Heard 'Round the World and in the White House


Is it possible for one video to launch a social change revolution? Can one YouTube video inspire others to take action and become activists?

President Obama proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month and launched a new section on the White House website dedicated to the policies and issues impacting the LGBT community. […]