Kim Blanchette brings fast-growing firm 25 years’ experience in communications, engagement, brand & reputation management.
The Argyle Group, one of Canada's largest management-owned communications firms, has been included on the inaugural Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies, with three-year growth of 157 percent.
Context: An Argyle Company was a top recipient at the 2019 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) conference with two Canadian Core Values Awards – one for Indigenous Engagement and the other for Creativity, Contribution and Innovation.
Public engagement is about giving people a voice in the decisions that affect them – but what if we don’t believe our voices will be heard?
In the fall of 2006, just a few weeks after Facebook became available to the general public, I invited a friend to speak at our company’s annual retreat. I asked him to tell the Argyle team about his pioneering work in “word-of-mouth marketing” – and to help us read the tea leaves about how communicators should think differently in a world in which audiences were about to become more empowered than ever before.
Managing and communicating complex change is no easy task. When change happens in organizations, timelines often compress. People can feel anxious, and even resistant.
When I founded Context Research in the mid-1990s, ‘public engagement’ was rarely considered an independent practice. Engagement often consisted of town hall meetings or open houses, led by planners, engineers and company officials.
It’s a paradox of the digital age that even as technology makes communication easier, it seems to make relationships harder. Truth and trust – the twin enablers of a healthy relationship between an organization and its stakeholders – are often elusive. To succeed, organizations need new mindsets – and communicators need new skillsets.
Change—relentless, fearsome, hopeful, exciting, anxiety-provoking change—is part of the zeitgeist of our time. One of today’s few certainties is that our very near future will look significantly different from our present. What does that have to do with public communications? Everything.
It’s a time-honoured tradition – passing down food and nutritional advice to younger generations. Eat this, not that; don’t eat too much or too little; avoid foods that have too much sugar, calories and carbs.