Posted by Amanda Chapel Friday, September 28, 2007
The man pictured on the right is not a croupier, cabaret crooner, or even effete sommelier; it’s Text 100 EVP, Georg Kolb. Georg, as you are probably aware, is the guy whose claim to fame is that he spearheaded Text 100’s “seminal move into SecondLife,” i.e. the total debacle that’s still an embarrassment to the agency's CEO Aedhmar Hines. Well, he’s back.
By way of background, Georg is in PR “By accident!” (his words). According to Georg: “I was holding philosophy seminars at a German university when a friend of mine asked me to mediate between the new management of a small firm and its employees. As a leader of philosophy seminars, I was used to facilitating ‘difficult groups.’ The meeting turned out to be a huge success. People not only thanked me, but my friend also threw money at me!” Georg has since parleyed that into EVP and head of Text 100’s “Practices and Methodology Group” (“Worldwide,” no less). He presently oversees “the development of the company's service offering;" and is touted as the company’s "futurist." Specifically, "his work focuses on models that consider influencers in a company's ecosystem and reflect the importance of new peer-to-peer platforms like blogs or wikis.” (Apparently, English is not his native tongue.)
Anyway, Georg is apparently again confident and ready to stick his neck out. Maybe not. The following are excerpts of a recent interview with The Lapdog Reporter.
GEORG OUT ON A LIMB
Warning: The following statements by Georg may be a little startling to some.
Posted by an Honored Guest Thursday, September 27, 2007
Ya know... we loooove controversy. Better yet, we're totally bowled over when one of our illustrious PR leaders demonstrates the right stuff and takes a stand. And you know we're especially fond of the potential of generating a little heat. Well, here's alotta heat.
By way of background, Dr. Wright was recently given the 2007 Distinguished Service Award by the elite Arthur W. Page Society. BIG STUFF! Professor Wright is one of a small number of full-time educators who hold membership in the Page Society. Dr. Wright is the first full-time educator to receive the Award and only the second to become an honorary member.
Here's where it gets interesting. While accepting the award, Dr. Wright made a few remarks specifically about the awful state of PR education today. Yikes! Gutzy! And now it's got everybody buzzin'.
Anyway, we got the chance to sit down with Professor Wright. Without further ado...
CHAPEL: “First, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. Congratulations on your award.
Let me get right to it: word is you were somewhat critical of PR practitioners in your acceptance remarks. One online report claims you, 'rapped the PR industry for failure to provide support for PR education.' Care to comment?”
WRIGHT: “Thanks for the kind words. This is a huge honor and I’m still trying to figure out how to react to it.
With regard to the quote, as sometimes happens in the news business, I don’t think the article you reference does justice to what I said. Although I mentioned it’s unfortunate many practitioners couldn’t care less about public relations research or education, I did praise those who do support us and also acknowledged support from organizations such as the Page Society, the Institute for Public Relations and PRSA.”
CHAPEL: “You did assert that there are serious problems in public relations education. What exactly and who's at fault?”
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