Anyone of a certain age will remember the 1987 television commercial for Frusen Glädjé ice cream. A woman sits on the floor of her living room, having just finished an entire pint. When her husband walks in, she confesses, “I ate all the Frusen Glädjé.” She adds, with a smile: “And I’d do it again.” The narrator tells us to “enjoy the guilt.” Our nation’s response to the release of the executive summary of the Senate Select Committe on Intelligence’s report on torture follows pretty much the same script. Although it took too long to be released, was resisted too hard and remains too censored, we can be proud of a democratic process that has begun to open up this unflattering history for reflection and debate. Yet so far, neither Congress nor the administration has taken meaningful steps to punish those who acted wrongly, to make amends to those who were harmed or to close the loopholes that allowed these crimes to occur. In short, we’re not really sorry, and we would do it again. Click to read the rest of this article -Diana Ohlbaum, Principal at turner4D, is a contributor for The Hill. You can find her other publications for…
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15 Jan / PAID turner4D Internship
turner4D (formerly Turner Strategies) a leading progressive public policy communications firm, seeks a Spring Intern starting immediately. Celebrating our 14th year, Turner has been at the forefront of national and international issues, such as equal pay, international development, reproductive rights and environmental issues to name a few. The ideal candidate will have a passion for progressive issues and an interest in acquiring hands-on experience in integrated communications and advocacy and campaign strategy working across all channels (online and offline). Our firm’s mission is to help clients seize the conversation across online and traditional media channels to achieve their goals. This is no routine office internship. You will be working hand in hand with our senior team, making a meaningful contribution with day to day tasks and long term projects. Additionally, you will be assisting with Fem2.0, a project of turner4D. Fem2.0 is a leading online feminist community showcasing new and emerging voices. Community members explore issues affecting young people and women at the local, national, and international levels on our blog (fem2pt0.com) and our social media presences on Facebook (Fem2pt0) and Twitter (@Fem2pt0). In fact, our #fem2 hashtag is one of the leading aggregators of feminist discussion on Twitter. The…
11 Dec / Magical Thinking on Terrorism
In a recent column for The Washington Post, Jackson Diehl excoriates the Obama foreign policy for its “sloppy thinking” that there is no military solution to the key international challenges facing our country. “Political and military solutions are not mutually exclusive but intertwined; political solutions are often dictated by military conditions,” Diehl argues. He goes on to suggest that what’s harming our national security is the failure to take aggressive enough military action in Syria and Ukraine. But who’s doing the sloppy thinking here? Where is the evidence that more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has brought us any closer to political solutions that can be sustained beyond the departure of U.S. forces? After spending over $1 trillion and deploying over 100,000 troops, are we any safer now? Click to read the rest of the article -Diana Ohlbaum, Principal at turner4D, is a contributor for The Hill. You can find her other publications for The Hill in our blog
On October 30th, 2014 turner4D hosted a Giving Tuesday webinar with Chris Burley of Women Thrive Worldwide and Amy Enchelmeyer of the United Nations Foundation. The webinar’s focus was the following: “In today’s digital world, #GivingTuesday gives the opportunity to nonprofits to celebrate generosity and deliver their message to different audiences across the world through multiple channels. But how can a nonprofit that works on issues that are often difficult for a general audience effectively communicate its message through social media? How can we be talking about generosity and at the same time, for example, about domestic violence? How can nonprofits craft their message in a way that will thank all their supporters but at the same continue reminding everybody that as we celebrate the holidays, we cannot forget those among us who suffer. A good communications strategy relies on more than good tools. It relies on using the right tools to deliver your message in a way that is effective and appropriate for the season.”
USA Today has recently partnered with Twitter to release the Twitter Political Issues Index. Displaying the demographics of who is tweeting about various political topics, this interactive tool breaks down who is talking about each issue by age, gender, and State. Alan Rosenblatt, turner4D’s Senior Vice President for Digital Strategy, advised USA Today during the development of the tool. The Index has great potential for basic targeting of groups via Twitter. The full article, including Alan’s insight, can be found here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/10/28/usa-today-twitter-political-issues-index/17980719/ USA Today Politics Editor, Paul Singer, thanked Alan (@DrDigiPol) for his contribution to their launch of Twitter Political Issues Index.