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Society Behind The Stat Podcast Ep. 02 – Gen-Z Activism with Aleysha

Adam and Scott are back this week with Episode 2 of their podcast Society Behind The Stat.

In this episode they interview Aleysha, one of the Gen-Z Activists whose TikTok tactics helped sink Donald Trump’s Tulsa controversial campaign rally.

SBTS Ep. 02 is a must-listen for anyone who wants to better understand the motivating factors behind Gen-Z activism, how teens are using new social platforms to interact with the world around them, and what “K-Pop Stans” are.

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The Wisdom of Crowds: The Worst Is Yet To Come

Very little good news this morning.

U.S. COVID-19 cases set new daily record as the virus decimates the South & West.

And 1.5 million new unemployment claims were filed last week despite re-opening of many regions. That marks the 14th straight week with more than 1MM new jobless claims.

Our CSIP data suggests that a plurality of Americans believe the worst is yet to come regarding the virus, and a majority feel the worst is yet to come on the economy.

And they may be correct. The United States has not been able to contain the novel coronavirus even as other developed nations have.

Even more sobering – during the Great Recession unemployment in the US peaked at just under 8% – but took nearly 6 years to recover. We are currently at nearly 13% with no end to COVID-19 spikes causing ongoing disruptions to our economy in sight.

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The (New) New Rules for Corporate Activism

Today on Medium, WINS President Scott Kotchko writes that the outpouring of corporate support for the George Floyd protests represents a tipping point. We’re now all living in the era of Corporate Activism.

…But the era of Corporate Activism is different. It’s no longer about telling a story about purpose because you want to — it’s about taking real action because you have to

Scott’s perspectives are grounded in a career spent at the nexus of politics and corporate brand strategy, with a little help from our CSIP data:

Our research shows that on the issue of COVID-19 there is incredibly high support (85%) for companies to re-purpose aspects of their business to contribute directly to the fight against the virus as well as to make financial donations to COVID-19 relief organizations (82%). Despite this, fewer than 1 in 5 (16%) say the company they work for has done anything meaningful from a business perspective, and just 1 in 10 (11%) say their employer donated to a pandemic relief organization.

On the issue of systemic racism, police reform, and Black Lives Matter — Americans are even more attuned towards action and activism. Americans believe it is time now to finally deal with systemic racism (75%), that it isn’t up to minority communities to educate the rest of us (64%), that black people in America need more than allies, and it is time for others to roll up their sleeves and help (75%).


Society Behind The Stat Podcast: Ep. 01 – Cooking with Bry Disanto

This week Adam and Scott launched a podcast, Society Behind The Stat.

The premise behind the pod is simple: We’re increasingly bombarded with data. We are overloaded with it, drowning in it, and desensitized to numbers. But behind all of the numbers are people, and their stories. Each episode we feature a data point or statistic, and then speak to a relevant guest about his or her lived experience. This is what the show is all about.

For our inaugural episode we talk to the multi-talented Bryan Disanto, host of Cucina Quarantina, about cooking as coping during COVID-19.

And a friendly reminder that Taco Tuesday comes every week…

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CUCINA QUARANTINA EPI N°10: TACOS & LECHE DE TIGRE MARGS. 🌮🍼🐯 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ IT’S TACO TUESDAY BITCHACHOS!!! Is there anything better than messy tacos with frozen margs and a fatty bombatty spread of accoutrements? It’s a whole ass summer mood with infinite possibilities. It also shouldn’t be hard or fussy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We rocked out with a five-pack for Cinco de Mayo: the simplest carne asada and pan-seared grouper as your sassy taco foundation // a zingy chipotle-lime crema and fresh mango salsa as festive toppings // and *obviously* my world-renowned, punchy, spicy-sweet, dangerously delicious LECHE DE TIGRE frozen margs to wash it all down (a play on the peruvian “leche de tigre” fish runoff from ceviche). Hit the tacos with some avo, cotija, and shredded cabbage and oh baby, you’ve got a colorful SPREAD in under 30 minutes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Demo up for everything in my highlights. Drop a 🌮🌮🌮 and I’ll shoot ya the recipe for any part of it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ // MAIN INGREDS: 🐟 fish: fresh grouper or mahi, lime, oo 🥩 carne asada: flank steak, lime, adobo, cilantro, red wine vin 🍦 crema: greek yogurt, lime, (blood) orange 🥭 mango salsa: mango, cilantro, red onion, oo 🐯 LDTs: tequila, citrus, turmeric, fresh ginger, mint, jalapeño

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The Spiritual Side Of The Great Rethink

Bernard Whitman takes CSIP insights and perspective to Instagram Live with author, Chief Communications Officer, and self described “Change Addict,” Monica Berg.

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The Great Rethink

We’re entering the era of the Great Rethink.

Our initial natural response to the disruptions that have occurred during the COVID-19 era as been reactive. What will come next is different.

This era has wiped the status quo off of the face of the earth. Worldviews and ideologies that failed to hold up are being questioned.

Americans are increasingly rethinking the fundamentals of society, their own lives, and the political beliefs they hold.

The Great Rethink is about asking the bigger questions, it will define the next era, and it is taking place all around us.

The Great Rethink is not “how can I safely open up my office” it is “what is the future of work for my organization?”

The Great Rethink is not “how can I issue a generic corporate statement about something political” it is “how can we truly make a difference?”

The Great Rethink is not “how can we reduce police brutality” it is “what role should a police department play in our society and what do we need to do to go about building that?”

More to come…

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CSIP & Election 2020 Roundtable

Matt McDermott joined a political roundtable to discuss the electoral implications of the multi-pronged crises currently barraging our country — including CSIP findings that suggest both the COVID-19 pandemic and protests in response to the murder of George Floyd have had significant negative repercussions on President Trump’s re-election prospects.

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COVID-19 Era Politics: Trump Slumps With White Women Voters

Our own Matt McDermott speaking this week in the WaPo, CNN and on his blog about the impact of the past week on President Trump’s numbers.

Matt McDermott, a Democratic pollster, said such results capture the paradox in Trump’s calls for law and order: His words and actions have been so confrontational that they are “leading people to conclude the Republican President is increasing the threat of violence to themselves and their community.” Trump’s uniquely belligerent posture, McDermott says, is fraying the GOP’s traditional advantage among suburbanites on keeping their communities safe.

One GOP pollster I spoke with, who asked not to be identified while discussing the party’s 2020 prospects, agreed that Trump’s response to the protests was likely to further erode his already tenuous position among college-educated white suburbanites, especially women. That will require him, the pollster said, to generate even bigger margins and more turnout from non-college whites, especially those outside of metropolitan areas.

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COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, Police Reform & the 2020 Election

Today WINS Founder & CEO, Bernard Whitman, appeared on SiriusXM’s political show P.O.T.U.S. to discuss our new CSIP poll fielded in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

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Our Inaugural Post

Hi folks, Scott here.

Every blog needs to start somewhere, and although this post will likely be covered over and pushed back into the virtual dustbin of irrelevancy with much much better content in a very short period of time, it seems appropriate to explain in a bit of detail the story behind our COVID-19 Societal Impact Project.

Our team lives and works in New York City. A few days before we shut down our office, we held a white-boarding session to discuss how we thought some of the different industries we serve would be impacted by the pandemic.  The meeting was scheduled for 30 minutes.  It lasted for nearly 2 hours.

In the weeks that followed we decided to turn that passion into the COVID-19 Societal Impact Project (CSIP)

The initiative is predicated on 2 ideas:

One, that during times of crisis, the changes that will shape the future are measurable in the present if you know where to look.

And two, that we’re all totally overloaded with data these days to the point of being desensitized to it.  CSIP is also about communicating insights and perspectives in formats and in channels that are more in tune with telling meaningful stories about the human experience than numbers on a page.

Thank you in advance to the CSIP team @ Whitman Insight Strategies, our clients who shared their perspectives with us to help spark this idea, our partners (including Dynata) who helped make this all possible, and to our friends and family who have had to put up with launching CSIP out of our respective homes.