Speaking Up is Daunting, Remaining Silent is Dangerous: Yes, I’m With Her, and Here’s Why I’ll Shout it From the Rooftops

Hillary Clinton for President op-ed by Bri Prooker

The one and only memory I have from pre-school is waiting, terror-filled, for what seemed like an eternity, for my mom to come back and pick me up so I could ask her why my arm was bleeding. I was too shy to ask the teacher, too afraid to let any of the other children see the bright red blood streaming down my arm — it was as though I thought I’d done something wrong and had to hide it. Turns out, as my mom explained so empathetically and … [Read more...]

Slipping Into – and Out of – the Uncomfortable Shoes of Fear and Prejudice

Op-ed by writer Katherine Kotaw - KOTAW Content Marketing kotaw.com

How do we put ourselves in someone else’s shoes if we’ve never tried them on? I’ve been pondering that question in the aftermath of the recent shootings of black citizens by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and the killing of cops by black gunmen in Dallas and Baton Rouge. I’m neither black nor a police officer and I’ve never visited the sites of the recent killings. But I believe that racially-motivated violence and harmful, if not … [Read more...]

Branding Evil and Rebranding Domestic Violence

From Victim to Victor: Finding Hope and Happiness After Domestic Violence

The man who tried to kill me called the other day. At least I think it was him. It was his name on the caller ID, and the voice sounded vaguely familiar. But the sing-song, taunting timbre (think Jack Nicholson’s “Here’s Johnny” from The Shining) was absent. The mocking voice that tormented my waking hours while I lived with him?...That made me hyperventilate at the sound of a ringing telephone during the years when he stalked me? …That … [Read more...]

Flowers for Pit Bulls & Social Good: Does Your Brand Story Make the World a Better Place?

Blooms and Brand Storytelling for a Better World | KOTAW Content Marketing

The concept was simple: Take a picture of your pet wearing a flower crown and post it to Instagram to help raise money for rescue animals. But like most of life’s true joys, it’s the simple things that often have the most impact. Which is why when I heard “Pit Bull Flower Power” combined with “a picture of your pet wearing a flower crown,” I didn’t think of Ivy, my sweet red nose Pit Bull — and KOTAW Content Marketing’s Brand Ambassador! — … [Read more...]

Evergreen Magic, Red and Pink Good Deed: Storytelling Must Always Have Heart

Avoid burnout and achieve evergreen business magic through heartfelt storytelling | KOTAW Content Marketing

It’s the third week of January and there is still a Christmas tree in my living room. Now before you laugh, roll your eyes or judge, let me tell you that it’s a tradition my daughters and I have — just as perennial a tradition as baking butter tarts for Christmas or watching How The Grinch Stole Christmas on Christmas Eve — to say goodbye to all the Christmas lights and ornaments and get the tree to the curb exactly on January 1st. It’s kind … [Read more...]