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Monday AUGUST 23,

                                                GUESTS

                                       (Originally aired 09-10-01)

                                            DAVID  FINN

                               

                          

                      Co-Founder & CEO of Ruder Finn Inc.

                                                  &

                                     DENA  MERRIAM

                                         

                        

                               Vice President Ruder Finn Inc.

                                                  &

                 Major Organizer: Millennium Peace Summit

                         for Religious and Spiritual Leaders

             

                                                               http://www.ruderfinn.com

                                http://www.millenniumpeacesummit.com/mwps_about.htm

                               

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David Finn
 

David Finn
Chairman, Ruder Finn, Inc.

Mr. Finn has had an outstanding career spanning more than fifty years as a key executive in the field of public relations and as a widely published author. As co-founder and CEO of Ruder Finn, Inc., one of the largest independent public relations firms in the world, he has been a leader in exploring the ethical and philosophical dimen-sions of public relations as well as in creating innovative approaches that have enhanced its effectiveness and broadened its contributions. He is also an accomplished photographer of sculpture, a painter and a writer on art, with over 70 books to his credit.

Clients of Ruder Finn have included many Fortune 500 corporations as well as privately-held companies, trade associations, foreign governments and agencies, colleges and universities and not-for-profit organizations.

Mr. Finn has played a major role in the work the firm has done for international clients in France, Greece, Japan, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and other countries. He has been an advisor to the World Bank, and in the United States has been involved in programs for the White House, the United Nations and various government agencies including the Federal Reserve Board. He has written a periodic column for Roll Call, the newspaper of the Congress, and articles by him have been published in Forbes, Fortune, Harper's, the Saturday Review, the Harvard Business Review, the California Business Review, Across the Board, Management Review, and Reader's Digest. He produced a series of public service ads on "The Art of Leadership" for Forbes magazine.

His book, Public Relations and Management, published by Reinhold, has been translated into several languages including Japanese, Spanish and Arabic. The Corporate Oligarch, published by Simon & Schuster, has also been translated into Japanese.

An advisor to clients on major public issues, he has counseled senior executives and government officials on matters involving the environment, education, the arts, public health, nutrition, minorities and the economy. He has lectured and presented papers on public relations and communications at the American Assembly; the Conference of Science, Philosophy and Religion; Columbia University Graduate School of Business; Drexel University; International Association of Business Communicators; American Library Association; the Atomic Industrial Forum. For many years he was adjunct professor of public relations at New York University, and he taught a course, "The CEO as a Whole Man," at the New School for Social Research.

Books on art that Mr. Finn has written include How to Visit a Museum, How to Look at Sculpture, How to Look at Photographs and How to Look at Everything (all published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.). His photographic books have been devoted to different periods of history, including ancient Egypt, classical Greece, and western art from the 12th-20th centuries. Mr. Finn's photographs and paintings have been shown in several one-man exhibitions at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, the Musee de Cluny and l'Orangerie in Paris, the American Cultural Center in Madrid, the Art Gallery of Toronto, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and in galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris and New York.

Mr. Finn was formerly Chairman of the Board of Cedar Crest College, and a member of the board of directors of the Institute for the Future. He is on the board of the Academy of American Poets; The American Forum for Global Education; The New Hope Foundation; MUSE Film and Television; and is Treasurer of the Business Committee for the Arts. He is a former editor-in-chief of Sculpture Review magazine.

Mr. Finn is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was appointed by President Clinton as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A graduate of The College of the City of New York, Mr. Finn and his wife live in New Rochelle, New York, and have four children and ten grandchildren.

 

 
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Dena Merriam
Vice Chairman, Ruder Finn Inc.

Dena Merriam is one of the partners of Ruder Finn. Her areas of responsibility include Ruder Finn's work in cultural marketing, creative services, corporate responsibility and in work for religious and non-profit organizations. In the area of creative services, Dena Merriam oversees the publishing, editorial, design, visual technology and new media divisions of the company. She also oversees the company's Arts and Communications Counselors Division, which develops cultural programs for corporations and governments and provides strategic counsel to museums, foundations and other cultural institutions.

Merriam has worked with numerous corporate foundations and government organizations on social and global issues for the improvement of the human condition. For the Shumei Cultural Foundation in Japan she is implementing a global communications program to foster greater appreciate for the arts and to engage dialogue between the spiritual and cultural worlds. She has been involved with numerous projects with the United Nations to help support its objectives and goals. Presently, she is working with the Interfaith Center of New York City in the creation of the Millennium Peace Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders that will engage religious leaders from around the world to work as a resource to the United Nations in its efforts to resolve conflict throughout the world. Merriam is also providing counsel to the State of the World Form in its attempt to gather world thought leaders to address international problems. She is also working on a Co-existence Initiative to develop a greater awareness of the need for co-existence training as an essential component of the education system. And, she is working with a New York based organization called the Community Literacy Program that organizes the largest anti-violence program in the US. Each year, it provides resources to 20,000 inner-city youth in the New York metropolitan area.

Although Merriam's current work is with foundations, religious organizations and in the area of corporate responsibility, her background is in the cultural world where she has written extensively about the arts for over 15 years. For many years she was the executive editor of Sculpture Review and has authored five books on art, including one on the contemporary Dutch sculptor Lika Mutal and one on the Italian sculptor Bruno Lucchesi. Merriam holds a masters' degree from Columbia University.

 

 
Two RF Campaigns receive PR Week Award Nominations
 

Two RF Campaigns receive PR Week Award Nominations

Ruder Finn's work with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and TiVo has received nominations in the 2009 PR Week awards

Read more

Title
 

CBS Evening News Features RF Client Ailey

RF secured a placement on CBS Evening News for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Read full story & view video

RF & Sony Celebrate New VAIO In Style
 

RF & Sony Celebrate New VAIO In Style

Living models outfitted in original designs and accessorized with Sony's sleek new 1.4 pound VAIO Lifestyle PC, are hitting fashion-forward neighborhoods in NYC.

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RF Insights Publishes Findings of Hybrid Car Survey
 

RF Insights Publishes Findings of Hybrid Car Survey

A report by RF Insights and RF's Consumer Marketing group suggests that consumers have heightening interest in hybrid vehicles, despite dropping gas prices.

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Peace Summit Meeting Millennium World Peace Summit
of
RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL LEADERS

by Drunvalo

Peace Summit Symbol On August 28, 2000 for the first time in human history almost all of the world's leading religious and spiritual leaders came together in mutual cooperation to find ways to bring peace to the Earth. In attendance were over 1000 spiritual leaders, from more than 15 major faith traditions and many of the world's indigenous tribes.

Min Zhiting, chairman of the China Taoist AssociationWhen we in America think of war in the 20th Century, what comes to mind are the two World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam. But just in the last 10 years there have been over 100 armed conflicts in over 70 different parts of the world. It is obvious that something needs to be done or we will not be able to cooperate to solve the even more crucial problems of the Earth's environment.

Q'ero Elders of Peru say Inca blessingAnd since so many of the world's wars are fought in the name of God, then if we seek to solve the problem of war, we must call upon our religious and spiritual leaders and bring them to a single table. Without their cooperation, there is no way that peace will ever be a reality on Earth.

 
This Millennium World Peace Summit
was not only welcome it was essential.

Sheikh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar gives the Call to PrayerAnd, yes, even here all was not totally peaceful. There was controversy over the Dalai Lama's omission from the guest list, allegedly for political reasons (he was eventually invited). And disagreements came up over holding this summit conference at a political body such as the United Nations. But these small sources of discord were relatively inconsequential beside the huge, hopeful fact that the entire world's spiritual body was coming together in cooperation to find peace. It was an enormous positive sign for Mother Earth and her people.

His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council on Interreligious DialogueThe news media touched only lightly upon this summit conference, as though it were a trifling occurrence or a passing fad. So it is we who actively seek peace on earth who must keep this event's reality alive by our awareness. And we must continue to ask for these meetings to take place.

The following web addresses from the United Nations offer a fuller understanding of what is occurring as the world's religions seek to create harmony and peace on earth. The links are all at millenniumpeacesummit.org:

 
  1. On the Need for a Peace Summit
  2. A Call to the World's Spiritual Leaders
  3. New Collaboration Among Religious Leaders
  4. Bringing Spiritual Leadership into the Peace Process
  5. See Photographs for larger versions of the pictures presented here, and photos of many others that attended the summit.
  6. The assembly constructed a document that was signed by hundreds of the guests. Let's pray that this lofty beginning and the contents of this document become a reality. See Peace Summit Declaration

Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of IsraelTo me, meetings of this nature occurring on a worldwide level are the signs of the global brain beginning to function.

May world peace be a reality in our lifetime, and may our children sing the praises of their parents for the wisdom that they lived.

 
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Peace Summit Symbol On August 28, 2000 for the first time in human history almost all of the world's leading religious and spiritual leaders came together in mutual cooperation to find ways to bring peace to the Earth. In attendance were over 1000 spiritual leaders, from more than 15 major faith traditions and many of the world's indigenous tribes.

Min Zhiting, chairman of the China Taoist AssociationWhen we in America think of war in the 20th Century, what comes to mind are the two World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam. But just in the last 10 years there have been over 100 armed conflicts in over 70 different parts of the world. It is obvious that something needs to be done or we will not be able to cooperate to solve the even more crucial problems of the Earth's environment.

Q'ero Elders of Peru say Inca blessingAnd since so many of the world's wars are fought in the name of God, then if we seek to solve the problem of war, we must call upon our religious and spiritual leaders and bring them to a single table. Without their cooperation, there is no way that peace will ever be a reality on Earth.

 
This Millennium World Peace Summit
was not only welcome it was essential.

Sheikh Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar gives the Call to PrayerAnd, yes, even here all was not totally peaceful. There was controversy over the Dalai Lama's omission from the guest list, allegedly for political reasons (he was eventually invited). And disagreements came up over holding this summit conference at a political body such as the United Nations. But these small sources of discord were relatively inconsequential beside the huge, hopeful fact that the entire world's spiritual body was coming together in cooperation to find peace. It was an enormous positive sign for Mother Earth and her people.

His Eminence Francis Cardinal Arinze, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council on Interreligious DialogueThe news media touched only lightly upon this summit conference, as though it were a trifling occurrence or a passing fad. So it is we who actively seek peace on earth who must keep this event's reality alive by our awareness. And we must continue to ask for these meetings to take place.

The following web addresses from the United Nations offer a fuller understanding of what is occurring as the world's religions seek to create harmony and peace on earth. The links are all at millenniumpeacesummit.org:

 
  1. On the Need for a Peace Summit
  2. A Call to the World's Spiritual Leaders
  3. New Collaboration Among Religious Leaders
  4. Bringing Spiritual Leadership into the Peace Process
  5. See Photographs for larger versions of the pictures presented here, and photos of many others that attended the summit.
  6. The assembly constructed a document that was signed by hundreds of the guests. Let's pray that this lofty beginning and the contents of this document become a reality. See Peace Summit Declaration

Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of IsraelTo me, meetings of this nature occurring on a worldwide level are the signs of the global brain beginning to function.

May world peace be a reality in our lifetime, and may our children sing the praises of their parents for the wisdom that they lived.

 
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