Well, I have not written anything for a long time here and apologies for that, but the latter part of the year became extraordinarily busy with client work, book work and teaching. By the time December arrived, there was still no sign of things slowing down. Christmas suddenly had arrived, and a few days before Christmas eve, I decided to down tools till January arrived, otherwise, I knew I would completely miss out on the feeling of Christmas that I love.
One of the highlights of 2021, was that I attended COP26, where I was in the blue zone with the world leaders. I managed to hustle and get into the opening session with Sir David Attenborough, Prince Charles, and other world leaders. It was an incredible and lasting experience. I also had the unexpected moment to meet Prime Minister Modi and have my photo taken with him!
COP26 itself was very chaotic, frenetic, and disorganised. But amid all this noise, there was an underlined message, that kept cropping up at the World Leaders plenary sessions and at the fringes, which is this – all businesses have an important role to play in helping to shift the climate change needle within the next ten years. World leaders acknowledged that there are businesses with more wealth and resources than most governments, who can invest in finding new technologies and renewable energies to fight climate change and these businesses needed a seat at the table. Along with the big businesses, the world leaders also spoke about how it was important for small businesses to have authentic corporate social responsibility, which proved to me how relevant and important my book is – Corporate Social Responsibility Is Not Public Relations.
At Serendipity PR, we had the opportunity to work on some fabulous client projects, which included working on the curry awards again for the third year running, which is always a joy to be able to champion the best curry houses on our high streets. In other client work, we not only managed to generate 52 pieces of international coverage for Constructive Voices but also helped to create new business opportunities by creating relevant media partnerships.
There have been lots of good things that happened this year, despite living parts of the year in lockdown with limited travel. It has been a kinder year, which has sown seeds for new things in 2022.
Happy New Year All!