Public Opinion and Presidential Decision Making
Economic Club of Minnesota Panel
November 11, 2014
I enjoyed moderating a panel for the Economic Club of Minnesota enjoyed featuring President Bill Clinton's pollster Mark Penn and President George W. Bush's pollster Jan Van Lohuizen to discuss public opinion and presidential decision making. Our discussion gave attendees informed insights into the public pressures impacting political leaders in Washington, DC.
Shapeholders - Assemble to Win
If you either must or believe you can prevail in achieving the position you advance on an issue, it is essential to optimize the right mix of What (Message), Where (Arena), Who (Coalition) and How (Channel).
For more, see Kennedy's journal article:
“Social Media Provides a Megaphone for Organizations Intent on Shaping the Corporate Environment” Strategy and Leadership Vol. 41 No. 5 (November, 2013): 39-47
“Shapeholders”, the "7A Framework" , “Shapeholders Decision Matrix” and "Assemble Matrix" are copyrights of Mark Kennedy
How An Election Night Loss Can Be Your First Victory
Huffington Blog Post
November 4, 2014
"To all the candidates across the United States: tonight's the night, good luck. After a long day of pep talks and get out the vote efforts you're going to get the only set of poll numbers that matter. The people will speak and the verdict will be final. Some of you may outperform your models and expectations; some may underperform. But many of you will lose.
Losing is not fun. I've been there; standing center stage at the most depressing "election night celebration" you'll ever attend. However, just as there's a wrong way to win, there's also a right way to lose. As I said in my 2006 concession speech, "Even though the results are not what we wanted, there is no shame in defeat."
Knowing what to say and how to act in your campaign's lowest moment can be the spark that helps you kick-start your next successful run for office. It's an audition for the role you didn't know you were up for. In short, people are watching. Make it good."
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How to Fix Brazil's Broken Economy
Foreign Policy Opinion Piece - with Joshua Kempf
Photo: With GWU class in Brasilia, Brazil
October 23, 2014
"Despite its numerical advantages, Brazil has stagnated, and is expected to have just 0.4 percent economic growth this year. What's wrong? Many analysts have pointed out the obvious: Brazil needs to improve its education, healthcare, and infrastructure. Few economists would disagree, but these are deeply rooted problems with decades-long solutions. Brazilians go to the polls on Sunday to select a president. What reforms can be done during one term to unleash Brazil's charmed bequest, its size? Here's the policies we think should be on the agenda."
Making Democracy Work
Speech - University of Georgia
October 20, 2014
It was great to host students from The University of Georgia at The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) to discuss Making Democracy Work.