Biz Stone awarded CIPR President’s Medal


Biz Stone awarded CIPR President’s Medal

Today the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has revealed superstar entrepreneur and one of my personal heroes, Biz Stone, has been awarded the CIPR President’s Medal.

biz-and-rob-blog1Biz (pictured) has had a glittering career to date helping people communicate effectively. He’s the founder and CEO of Super.Me, co-founder of Twitter and also helped build Jelly, Medium, The Obvious Corporation, and Odeo – to name a few!

I read his excellent book, Things a Little Bird Told me: Confessions of the Creative Mind, and featured it in episode six of my podcast in April last year.

Biz @biz, was awarded the gong by Stephen Waddington Chart. PR FCIPR, Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum & CIPR Past President, @Wadds, and presented it by Rob Brown, @robbrown, CIPR President-Elect, at SxSW in Austin, Texas, a couple of days ago (pictured).

Writing on his blog, Stephen says: “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-stone-cipr-medal-blogThe CIPR President’s Medal was first awarded in 1966 and is awarded at the President’s sole discretion to recognise the actions of an individual who has played a significant role in developing public relations’ ability to engage, communicate and to campaign, or whose actions have highlighted the role and benefit of public relations to society.

Previous winners include: Lord Coe in 2012, Sir Tim Berners Lee in 2009 and Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2004.

Biz says: “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 organisations.”

I think Biz is an excellent choice to receive the medal, congratulations to him and well chosen Stephen.

It’s unthinkable to imagine the world without Twitter, it’s become part of the way a lot of the world communicates. I found it fascinating to read about Twitter’s origins in Biz’s book, particularly the thinking behind it and how stepping back and watching it take off led to new developments over time.

Further reading

You can find me on Twitter @AllthingsIC and via @theICcrowd where you can discover thousands of other IC pros globally.

Thank you as ever for stopping by


Picture credits: CIPR

First published on All Things IC blog 16 March 2015.


Get your hard work recognised via the IoIC Awards-image

Get your hard work recognised via the IoIC Awards

What are you most proud of from the past year? How has your work made a difference? If you’ve worked your socks off over the past 12 months, now is the chance to have all tha...

Read moreRead more
The inside story on last night’s award winners-image

The inside story on last night’s award winners

Congratulations to all the professional communicators who battled Storm Doris to be honoured at the CIPR Inside #insidestory awards last night. I loved judging and adjudicating thi...

Read moreRead more
Free report packed with global digital trends and stats-image

Free report packed with global digital trends and stats

Every year the smart people at We Are Social @wearesocial produce a report covering internet use, social media, and mobile around the world. The latest Digital in 2017 Global Overv...

Read moreRead more

Leave a comment

Post commentPost comment


Learn about internal comms

Who’s hired All Things IC
Get updates by email
Download the All Things IC app