Biz Stone awarded CIPR President’s Medal
Entrepreneur Biz Stone has been awarded the CIPR President’s Medal by Stephen Waddington, CIPR President 2014. Biz is founder and CEO of Super.Me, co-founder of Twitter and also helped build Jelly, Medium, The Obvious Corporation, and Odeo.
Biz received the CIPR’s most prestigious accolade for his leadership as an entrepreneur at the forefront of developing new forms of media, networks and applications, modernising the business of public relations by enabling genuine two-way engagement between organisations and their publics.
Twitter has become ubiquitous within the media and public relations. It is a critical network for breaking news, the go-to digital platform for real-time interaction, and the preeminent voice, eyes, and ears of every organisation and individual.
Medium is also an innovation in communication, taking a disruptive approach to blogging and storytelling as a playground for creative communicators looking for new ways to associate their brands with great content.
Both Twitter and Medium are cornerstones of modern public relations practice.
Biz was presented with the award at the SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Festival, in Austin, Texas by Rob Brown, CIPR President 2016.
My career, and that of many communications professionals, has been defined by visionaries such as Biz Stone. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion marks him out as a pioneer and stand-out figure of the digital age, developing new ways to influence the interplay between technology, commerce and society.
Biz’s innovations have driven genuine two-way engagement – accelerating the pace of change in public relations like no other. It’s because of people like Biz that our business is such an exciting industry to be part of right now, more than it ever has been.
We built Twitter to be readable and writable on every mobile phone on the planet because SMS is ubiquitous. Our goal was to provide the infrastructure to support the creativity and engagement that emerged. That ambition has meant that it has become a platform for public engagement and is part of the changing nature of communication between individuals and organizations.
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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.
The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).