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On November 29, 2023, Logos president Helio Fred Garcia participated in the second annual Global Brand Convergence, a free online experience for higher education students, faculty, and professionals around the world in public relations and marketing.

Conceived by Jacqueline Strayer, the second annual Global Brand Convergence boasted registrants from more than 35 countries. This year’s event focused on the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and other topics around social impact and leadership.

Garcia spoke at the event on how artificial intelligence is the next disruptor in crisis management. He described how emergent technologies are always disruptive when it comes to crises and crisis response. However, he also noted that there are clear patterns and dynamics when emergent technologies are introduced into society that we can be mindful of as generative AI becomes a more widely used and understood technology.

Watch his full address here:

 

Garcia also introduced David Epstein, Professor of Practice and Executive Director of the Susilo Institute for Ethics at Boston University, for Epstein’s address on the ethical considerations around AI. Watch that discussion here:

 

To learn more about the Global Brand Convergence, visit https://www.globalbrandconvergence.com/.

 

New York (March 6, 2023) – On June 5, 2023, Logos President Helio Fred Garcia will deliver a keynote address on “The Dangers of Disinformation: How Professional Communicators can Preserve and Promote Civic Order” at the 2023 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference.

The IABC is a global association that serves professionals in the field of business communication, bringing together the profession’s collective disciplines.

The 2023 IABC World Conference, happening between June 4 through June 7 in Toronto, Canada, will bring together communication professionals from around the world for four days of collective learning, professional development, and networking. This year’s conference centers on how effective communication can deepen relationships, purpose, impact, curiosity, and more among teams and organizations.

“Disinformation is a problem well beyond the United States. It is responsible for political turmoil and oppression also in Latin America, Europe, Asia – around the world,” Garcia said. “This conference is a meaningful opportunity to connect with professional communicators from around the world to heighten their awareness and sharpen our individual and collective skills so that we may protect and promote civic order.”

Garcia’s keynote address will focus on the challenges professional communicators face in an environment of increasing mistrust and political turmoil. He will examine the ways in which disinformation and misinformation can – and have – put human life and democracy at risk. And he will share strategies that professional communicators can deploy to avoid becoming misinformation mercenaries and to help their clients and employers more likely communicate honestly and in ways that build trust, rather than erode trust.

“Disinformation and misinformation kill — both people and society,” Garcia explained. “And communicators have a critically important role in pushing back on disinformation. IABC’s Code of Ethics notes that professional communicators have the potential to influence society and affect lives. And with that power comes responsibility. The first two principles of the Code are: 1) I am honest. My actions bring respect for and trust in the communication profession; and 2) I communicate accurate information and promptly correct any errors.”

“The risks of disinformation and misinformation have never been more serious,” Garcia reflected. “And the need for communicators to protect the integrity of the communication process – and thereby to protect democracy – has never been greater.”

Learn more about the 2023 IABC conference and register at https://wc.iabc.com/.

On Friday, November 4, Logos president Helio Fred Garcia spoke on a panel about incendiary language during a two-day conference, titled Extremism: Confronting Hate Without Fear. The conference brought together some of the country’s leading experts on extremism to examine the growing threat of radicalization in America and around the world. The event, hosted at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, NY, included a selection of award-winning films, with their filmmakers, along with authors, journalists, experts, and academics on dimensions of the topic of extremism.

Garcia spoke on a panel titled “Next Generation Now: Growing Influencers in the Alt Right and the Language They Use.” The panel followed a screening of the documentary film, “White Noise,” which tracks the rise of far-right nationalism. The film, directed by Daniel Lombroso, captures the inside story of the alt right movement and serves as a warning about the power of extremism. The panel discussion that followed also featured Lombroso and was moderated by New York University faculty member Jacqueline Strayer.

During the panel discussion, Garcia spoke about the pattern of incendiary language provoking violence, which he documents in his most recent book, Words on Fire: Incendiary Language and How to Confront It. He described some of the core insights from Words on Fire, shared how civic leaders and engaged citizens can hold leaders who use incendiary language accountable, and answered audience questions.

Watch an amalgamation of clips from that panel discussion here: