Rays of light amongst the gloom in the 2015 Trust Barometer

If you glance through the 2015 Trust Barometer published by the Edelman PR firm on January 20, you’d be forgiven for thinking that things are bad if not dire everywhere. The report – marking the 15th consecutive year Edelman has been publishing this – contains the results from surveying 33,000 people in 27 countries in order to paint a picture of public trust in business, the media, government and NGOs in those 27 countries and averaging across the world. The data Edelman gathered from conducting the survey during the final quarter of 2014 enabled them to glean insights and come to some credible conclusions on the general state of trust around the world. Three headline metrics paint a pretty bleak […]

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The sorry state of trust according to Edelman’s 2014 Trust Barometer

A key finding in the 2014 Trust Barometer published today by Edelman PR shows that, once again, public trust in governments around the world trails far behind trust in business. Moreover, the ‘trust gap’ has increased markedly in the 2014 findings compared to 2013 – now a 14-point gap – and, indeed, overall compared to five years ago when the financial crisis was starting to bite. While this gap illustrates a global average, where people’s trust in governments varies within each of the 27 countries in which Edelman conducted its research for the 2014 survey, it’s small comfort as the gap is driven by a decline of trust in government and not an increase in trust in business, Edelman says, […]

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A leadership call to action to build trust

The broad decline in trust in business and political leadership we’ve seen over the past few years took a deep dive during the last twelve months as, today, less than a fifth of people believe that a business or government leader will actually tell the truth when confronted with a difficult issue. That’s the stark headline metric in the 2013 Edelman Trust Barometer published yesterday which, according to Edelman CEO Richard Edelman, “demonstrates a serious crisis of confidence in leaders of both business and government.” He says: […] The research confirms the democratizing trend of recent years – the redistribution of influence from traditional authority figures such as CEOs and prime ministers toward employees, peers and people with credentials, including […]

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HP’s new OfficeJet Pro 8500 on trial

How cost effective is your printer in terms of consumables like paper and ink or toner? Does it use a lot of electricity to run? Is it environmentally friendly in terms of manufacture, day-to-day operation and ultimate disposal? These are probably not questions at the front of your mind each time you send an email or Word doc to the printer to get a hard copy. They’re not usually the prime things I think about when printing – although cost is increasingly a thought especially whenever I have to replace expensive ink cartridges – but I’m going to find out if a new printer, an HP OfficeJet 8500 Wireless, will provide convincing answers to questions like these. Along with answers […]

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Checking out Norton Internet Security

Finally I’ve had some time to set up a software app on my desktop PC to test it out and see what I think of it. The product is Norton Internet Security 2009 and I have a copy courtesy of Jason Mical and Tom Howells of Edelman and SpookMedia respectively. I’ve now installed it; the Flickr slide show above includes the screenshots I grabbed, some of which I plan to include in the first review I’ll write about the app soon, over on my tech blog. I’ve used many Norton products over the years, from Norton Utilities for DOS and Norton Commander for DOS way back in the 80s to Norton Internet Security suites in recent years. The most recent […]

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