I sat for an hour this week with David Miliband, former foreign secretary in the British Labour Government and now the president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Founded in 1933 by Albert Einstein when he fled Nazi tyranny in his homeland to live in the U.S., the IRC has assisted thousands of emigrants seeking a better life, among them Andy Grove of Intel, providing immediate assistance on site, and then helping them to sanctuary. The IRC is one of the world’s most prominent refugee-relief charities with a $450 million budget this year and operations in 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities.
It is early December, 1944. A young GI has pulled another all-nighter listening to Nazi propaganda with a fellow soldier who recently emigrated to the U.S. from Germany, fleeing persecution. He has finished his report to his superiors just as the dawn arrives, including his recommendation for copy for leaflets to be dropped that day over enemy lines.
I am madly preparing for my fifteenth World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. I have been writing copy for our Edelman Trust Barometer report to be released next Monday. I am also moderating or participating in three sessions, two on family business and one on restoring trust in business.