Articles on PR for People

Peter Corning: The Wages of Synergy

Timing is everything, in science just as much as in horseracing or playing the stock market. If Alfred Russell Wallace had published before Darwin, we would talk about Wallace’s Theory of Evolution today.


Lynn Berger: Finding the Right Fit for Life and Work

 For more than two decades, Lynn Berger has been helping people find their workplace bliss.

“When I first joined the workforce I was studying business and finance and then I realized I was more interested in what was going on with the people and organization,” she says. So, in graduate school she majored in Organizational Psychology and went to work in Human Resources and Consulting, utilizing the understanding of organizational...


Teeny-Tiny Loans Make Big Changes

A dozen years ago, “microlending” seemed like the Next Big Thing, but the idea is older than that. In 2006, Muhammad Yunis, the father of what we know as the “microloan” received the Nobel Peace Prize in the 1980s for the Grameen Bank, which he founded in Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world.

The idea behind the Grameen Bank was to make banking work for the poor by turning it on its head, replacing cash-based...


Jeffrey Gurian: Make 'Em Laugh

Before we even start, if you don’t know who Milton Berle or Henny Youngman were, look them up on Wikipedia right now. (Or, better yet, watch this exchange between them on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTM252Zffq0 .)

Now, Jeffrey Gurian has been a fixture on the New York (and national) comedy scene long enough to know every name you can drop, from those guys on...


Tent City 5: A Home is Not a House

3234 17th Ave. W. occupies half a block in the trendy Interbay neighborhood, but it is not a prestigious address. In fact, it does not even warrant a mailbox. Instead of concrete condos or live-work housing mushrooming from the spot, rows of crayon-blue and khaki-green tarps stretch over camping tents pitched on wooden platforms. For some 60 people, single men and women, couples and at least two families with teenage kids, right now, these...


Ned Halilovic: We Were Strangers Once Ourselves

Ned Halilovic is a refugee. His earliest memories are of a war zone, where people were killing one another over their religion and nationality. Just like today’s refugees from Syria and Afghanistan, only Ned’s war was a generation earlier, and closer to home.

“I was born in ’86 in a small town in southern Europe, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina,” he says, as if anyone alive in those years could have not heard of Sarajevo. “...


Tim Harris: Really Changing the World

On any given day in the central business and shopping districts in cities across America, often older men and women are hawking local newspapers on the street, eking out a living selling them to passers-by, one at a time.

                  These vendors are selling what are known as “street newspapers.” They are part and parcel of a movement begun nearly 30 years ago, empowering homeless people by raising their visibility, while...


Randy Friedberg: Entertained by the Law

Confucius (the real one) said, “Find a job you love and never work another day in your life.” Randy Friedberg has managed to follow that sage advice

“I know very few lawyers that actually enjoy being lawyers,” Friedberg said, “and I’m one of them.” A partner in the firm of White and Williams in New York City, Friedberg has over 30 years’ experience in counseling clients in intellectual property issues, particularly trademark and...


Wali Collins Still Never Knows (Why Not?)

This is a story about having good luck – and about making your own.

Stand-up comedy is a tough field. Comics have a drive that supersedes their rational side. That’s why so many tell stories about well-meaning family members encouraging them to take a safer career course.

Wali Collins’ story is the exact opposite.

Wali graduated from college with a degree in architectural technology and had a good job...


Talman Welle: If You Can’t Imagine Anything Else

When he wrote the lyric, “I was born/ One dark gray morn/ With the music comin’ in my ears,” Paul Simon could have had Talman Welle in mind. Whether it really was dark and gray is not certain, but this is Bremerton, Washington we're talking about, so chances are good that it was. He certainly came into the world surrounded by music.

Scientists now tell us that babies are affected by music in utero. So maybe it was preordained...