Who was it that said: there are none so blind as those who will not see? Maybe it was the Huffington Post, which reported of Hillary a day before the US election: “She’s got it!”. Or the New York Times, whose election-eve odds were 84% favouring a Clinton White House? Ok, let’s not be too […]
About Alex Messina
Alex is an accomplished public affairs professional with 25 years of coal-face experience in journalism, government communications, stakeholder and community engagement, and consulting to an array of clients and industry sectors.
As a thinker, a strategist, a manager, and a results-driven implementer, his spectrum of skill ranges from analysing social and community issues and risk, facilitating stakeholder processes, social research, issues and crisis management, harnessing media, overseeing advertising campaigns, community engagement. and building communication and engagement teams from the ground up.
He has applied his strategic thinking across diverse industries including agriculture, food production, community services, pharmaceuticals, mining and resources, fisheries, energy and infrastructure and construction.
Alex’s strategic communications heritage started with 12 years in metropolitan journalism covering State politics, education, consumer issues, industrial relations and investigative reporting. He followed this with 10 years in senior communications roles in Victorian Government departments working with senior executives and a dozen Ministerial offices.
He now specialises in public affairs strategy and issues management and has advised Boards and CEOs.
Through his Masters studies, he has a deep understanding of the psycho-social drivers of influence. Consequently, Alex offers research-based, creative, effective and successful public affairs strategy.
Entries by Alex Messina
The deep Dreamworld tragedy is now the nightmare that may not be forgotten or forgiven. Equally, the reputation wreckage left in the roiling wake of that Thunder River Rapids ride was avoidable. What was needed amidst chaos were clear, and above all, human and humane thinking. Not easy, no. But necessary and totally expected from highly paid […]
Imagine. The driverless and connected car. The Jetsons meets Blade Runner, with wheels– for now! The benefits are mind-boggling – but so too are the challenges affecting safety, privacy, regulation, law enforcement, and more. Yet, to the general community, car makers don’t appear as alert and active as they could be in confronting these issues. […]
As a community and society, our civility is always tested if someone offends our norms of behaviour and presents a threat. It should go without saying that the tools of good consultation are capable of actually alleviating any threat, changing offending behaviour and retaining our civility, all while achieving mutual gains. Oddly, more often than […]
- When it does go wrong, everyone will know about it – immediatelySeptember 8, 2018 - 8:16 pm
- What could possibly go wrong? Privacy & government databasesSeptember 8, 2018 - 8:12 pm
- Legends in their lunchtimesMay 16, 2018 - 4:43 pm
- The brave new world – well, not just yetMarch 1, 2018 - 4:55 pm
- The Socratic Paradox – worth understandingFebruary 12, 2018 - 5:01 pm
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