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Autocade enters into new collaboration as it celebrates 1 million page view milestone

Wellington and London, April 8 (JY&A Media) Autocade, the international car cyclopædia (http://autocade.net), reached its 1,000,000-page-view milestone this week, despite having had little promotion. It also announces a collaboration today with Keith Adams’s successful AROnline (http://aronline.co.uk), the best known online resource on British motoring history.
   Jack Yan, who started Autocade, intended it to be a freely available and international resource on postwar automotive models.
   Each entry in Autocade—of which there are now 1,400—features one vehicle type, information on body styles, production numbers and engine types, and a single paragraph summarizing the vehicle.
   The site was in beta for nearly two years till it reached 1,000 entries in December 2009, when Mr Yan removed the ‘beta’ tag.
   Autocade is largely the work of one person, though with the collaboration with AROnline announced today, Mr Yan expects that to change.
   ‘Keith Adams’s AROnline site has been one of my favourites since I found it in the mid-1990s. It’s the premier resource on British motoring history and offers unequalled knowledge on, in particular, models relating to what was once known as the British Motor Corporation,’ he says.
   ‘I cannot think of a better collaborator than Keith Adams.’
   Mr Adams is assistant editor of Octane magazine in the UK.
   ‘Autocade is the world’s finest online and free online car cyclopædia,’ says Mr Adams.
   ‘I will be contributing to the project, adding cars along the way—hopefully helping Jack achieve his dream of building the biggest and best car database on the internet.’
   The million-page milestone, says Mr Yan, is due to the site being useful to netizens, who discovered its information while searching.
   Autocade is referred to in Wikipedia by its editors on certain niche models.
   Although started in New Zealand, British interest in Autocade has arguably been higher.
   Its first round of improvements was overseen by Peter Jobes, an English web developer and author.
   Mr Yan started Autocade as a hobby website in 2008. He also founded Lucire (http://lucire.com) in 1997, one of the world’s longest-running online fashion magazines, with international print editions.

Images

Autocade website cover (full length), December 21, 2009
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Other images available at http://jyanet.com/press/photo.htm. A username and password are required.

About JY&A Media
JY&A Media, part of Jack Yan & Associates, publishes and licenses magazines, in print and on the web, and produces interactive television programming. Best known among its titles is Lucire, the fashion magazine which launched online in 1997 and spawned international print editions in 2004. An internet pioneer, it has been publishing and creating online titles since the early 1990s. More on the company can be found at http://jyanet.com/media.

Notes to editors
Lucire is a registered trade mark of Jack Yan & Associates and subject to protection in certain jurisdictions. All other trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

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April 7, 2011   No Comments

Miss Universe New Zealand 2011 pageant returns to Wellington

Wellington, March 10 (JY&A Media) Miss Universe New Zealand national director, Val Lott, has announced that the finals for the 2011 pageant will be held again in Wellington, on Sunday, May 1.
   The success of last year’s event drew the pageant back to the capital city.
   Contestants from all around New Zealand will arrive in Wellington on April 23 for a week of preparation which will include public appearances, visiting the elderly and training for the final show.
   All funds from the charity auction, held as part of the final night, will be donated to the Christchurch earthquake fund.
   The Canterbury region will be represented with Miss Christchurch. Although she lost her sponsorship after the tragic earthquake of February 22, Miss Universe New Zealand has decided to sponsor her.
   The Museum Hotel will, once again, host the contestants in their luxury accommodation.
   The final event will take place at the Amora Hotel Wellington on Sunday, May 1, commencing with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival followed by a formal dinner.
   To date, there are 14 contestants vying for the title of Miss Universe New Zealand 2011. This number is expected to increase with last-minute entrants.
   A strong line-up includes Miss Christchurch, Miss Wellington, Miss Hutt Valley, Miss Manawatu and Miss Federated Farmers, also from Wellington.
   Tickets for the event are available from Mrs Lott, email lotts@xtra.co.nz.
   The winner will travel to São Paulo, Brazil to compete in the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant, Miss Universe. More than 80 contestants from around the world will be together for one month. The Miss Universe final will be held on September 12.

Images
Earlier pageants’ images can be downloaded from http://jyanet.com/press/photo.htm (password required). Further images can be found at the official Miss Universe New Zealand site at http://www.missuniversenz.co.nz and the official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/missuniversenz.

Notes to editors
The Miss Universe logo is a registered trade mark of Miss Universe LP, LLLP. All other trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

Contacts
Val Lott, Director
Miss Universe New Zealand
C 64 27 476-7003
E lotts@xtra.co.nz

Jack Yan, Publisher
Lucire
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

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March 10, 2011   1 Comment

International think-tank announces eighth annual Brands with a Conscience awards

Wellington, January 15 (JY&A Media) The Medinge Group (medinge.org), an international think-tank on branding and business, has announced its eighth annual Brands with a Conscience list. The Group employs yearly awards to support and encourage businesses who demonstrate humanistic, compassionate, sustainable and socially responsible behaviour. The awards may be given to organizations, large or small, for-profit or NGOs, who have come to the attention of the membership and who are deemed worthy of recognition.
   A formalized nomination and voting process occurs between August and December, during which Medinge’s members evaluate, based on their expertise in humanistic branding, the competence and authenticity of each nominee.
   Among this year’s winners are:
• a marine-based alternative energy system, which references conservation of the seas;
• a monolithic government-owned media company encouraging small business and grass roots’ endeavour;
• an ethical bank located in one of the troubled EU economies;
• a visionary zero-carbon urban community under construction in the Emirates;
• and for the Colin Morley Award, in the year of the Wikileaks controversy, a not-for-profit organization using the internet as a channel for open distribution of information.
   The Colin Morley Award, a unique category recognizing excellence by an NGO, this year honours TED and its enduring commitment to ‘ideas worth sharing’.
   Stanley Moss, CEO of the Medinge Group, remarks, ‘Once again, the BWAC process has identified the most compelling areas of discussion in the current brand universe: alternative energy, grass roots’ initiatives, ethical finance, community and social media all figure in the organizations recognized.’
   Jack Yan, one of the directors of the Medinge Group, says, ‘This is one of those rare times when we see a state-owned enterprise—the BBC—engage in socially responsible behaviour, showing that it is not the structure of the organization that matters, but the strength of its purpose.’

2011 Brands with a Conscience winners

Aquamarine Power/UK
www.aquamarinepower.com
Aquamarine Power’s Oyster tidal energy technology produces electricity from the ocean waves. A demonstration-scale installation has been successfully deployed in Orkney, Scotland, proof that this alternative energy strategy could create sustainable zero-emission electricity, heralding the eventual progression away from dependence on fossil fuels.

BBC World News–Newsweek for World Challenge/UK
www.theworldchallenge.co.uk
Now in its sixth year, World Challenge is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots’ level. World Challenge is about championing and rewarding projects and businesses which really make a difference. In making this award, the Medinge Group wishes to acknowledge a channel of mainstream media for using their power and influence to help those under-appreciated organizations in need.

Caja Navarra/Spain
www.cajanavarra.es/en/home.htm
This not-for-profit Pamplona-based bank loaned €3·3 billion and had a net profit of €200 million in 2008. Customers decide the social causes to which profits shall be allocated. There is a policy of complete transparency and exemplary peer-to-peer lending; and bank staff are encouraged to do voluntary work. In an era where banks are regarded with scepticism and disdain, Caja Navarra stands as a model for conscience-driven financial institutions.

Masdar City/UAE
www.masdarcity.ae/en/index.aspx
The world’s first zero-carbon city, designed to be powered by the sun and free of cars and skyscrapers. Projected to accommodate 50,000 people, at least 1,000 businesses and a university. Now under construction, it is being designed by British architects Foster and Partners, funded by the ruler of Abu Dhabi, HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Medinge’s Simon Nicholls remarked, ‘If it works, it will combine 21st-century engineering with traditional desert architecture to deliver safety, health and happiness.’

2011 Colin Morley Award

TED/USA
www.ted.com
TED’s simple credo of ‘ideas worth sharing’ is a concept absolutely core to the philosophy of the Medinge Group. This non-profit organization believes that sharing compelling ideas is the way to change the world. They have created a simple but powerful mechanism for doing it: an 18-minute filmed talk shared for free on the web, an elegant demonstration of the positive power of internet-borne social media which exists in tandem with regular international seminars.

2011 Brands with a Conscience committee
Chairman: Sergei Mitrofánov
Committee: Enric Bernal, Thomas Gad, Sicco van Gelder, Ava Hakim, Pierre d’Huy, Nicholas Ind, Tim Kitchin, Sascha Lötscher, Philippe Mihailovich, Johnnie Moore, Stanley Moss, Simon Nicholls, Simon Paterson, Dmitry Petrov, Tony Quinlan, Anette Rosencreutz, Yousef Tuqan Tuqan, Erika Uffindell, Jack Yan

Images

The Medinge Group logo
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About the Medinge Group
Founded in 2002, the Medinge Group first published a brand manifesto of eight statements encapsulating a vision of healthy brands for the future. In 2003, the group authored a collection of essays entitled Beyond Branding, which explored the ways in which brands could add value within alternative business and social models. In 2004, the group established the annual Brands with a Conscience list to recognize organizations who epitomize humanistic behaviour; in 2006, Medinge added a special category of recognition named in honour of its late colleague Colin Morley, which acknowledges excellence by an NGO, in keeping with Colin’s humanistic vision. The Medinge Group maintains an online, automated speakers’ and experts’ bureau accessible through its website, medinge.org. In 2007 Medinge launched an online resource, The Journal of the Medinge Group, a digital anthology of papers and articles written by Medinge members.

Contacts
Jack Yan
CEO, Jack Yan & Associates
Director, the Medinge Group
T 64 4 387-3213
F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Stanley Moss
CEO, the Medinge Group
T 1 562 219-2111
E diganzi@gmail.com

Johnnie Moore
T 44 20 7354-5576
E johnnie@johnniemoore.com

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January 9, 2011   1 Comment

International branding philosopher Stanley Moss to visit New Zealand

Wellington, December 15 (JY&A Media) Stanley Moss, the CEO of the Medinge Group, the Swedish branding think-tank, will make his first visit to New Zealand between December 26, 2010 and January 6, 2011.
   Mr Moss is an internationally renowned speaker, author, artist and branding philosopher, and is one of the driving forces behind the established Brands with a Conscience awards presented in Paris each year.
   This is his first visit to New Zealand, where he will take in Auckland, Tauranga, Napier and Wellington.
   He typically divides his time between Europe and Southern California, where his business interests are centred. A disciple of designers Armin Hofmann, Fritz Gottschalk and Paul Rand, he was based in NYC for 25 years, where he created brand solutions for clients like Citibank, Coca-Cola, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Drexel Burnham Lambert, UC Berkeley, Intel, The New York Times and the American Hotel & Motel Association.
   Today his practice centres on the expression of humanistic values in the brand discipline, for clients like Philips, Honeywell, and the City of London.
   He is founder and principal of Diganzi, a brand consultancy.
   In February 2006 he was named CEO of the Medinge Group, the Stockholm-based think-tank on international branding. He also worked as a fine artist, sponsored by Absolut and Johnnie Walker Black Label, and exhibited landscapes in the US State Department Art in Embassies programme.
   He had a long association with the New York art journal BOMB as director and designer. His New Wave Cookbook is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. He acts as Travel Editor for Lucire, a New Zealand fashion magazine.
   Mr Moss finds time to serve on the Boards of the Rocket Mavericks Foundation and the Advisory Board of Proton Business Schools of Indore and Ahmedabad.
   Interviews with Mr Moss may be arranged.

Schedule
Auckland
Boxing Day through December 28

Tauranga
December 29

Wairarapa
December 30

Wellington
December 31–January 3, January 5–6

Napier
January 3–4

Images
Stanley Moss
Stanley Moss at the Medinge Group Paris conference (2010)
www.diganzi.com
medinge.org
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Photographer credit: Cat Soubbotnik

Stanley Moss
The Medinge Group 2009 Brands with a Conscience ceremony, Paris
February 5, 2009
Stanley Moss
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Stanley Moss and Tadashi Shoji
Stanley Moss, CEO, the Medinge Group and travel editor of Lucire, photographed with Los Angeles-based fashion designer Tadashi Shoji in Paris
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Photographer credit: Jack Yan


The Medinge Group logo
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About the Medinge Group
Founded in 2002, the Medinge Group first published a brand manifesto of eight statements encapsulating a vision of healthy brands for the future. In 2003, the group authored a collection of essays entitled Beyond Branding, which explored the ways in which brands could add value within alternative business and social models. In 2004, the group established the annual Brands with a Conscience list to recognize organizations who epitomize humanistic behaviour; in 2006, Medinge added a special category of recognition named in honour of its late colleague Colin Morley, which acknowledges excellence by an NGO, in keeping with Colin’s humanistic vision. The Medinge Group maintains an online, automated speakers’ and experts’ bureau accessible through its website, medinge.org. In 2007 Medinge launched an online resource, The Journal of the Medinge Group, a digital anthology of papers and articles written by Medinge members.

Contacts
Jack Yan
CEO, Jack Yan & Associates
Director, the Medinge Group
T 64 4 387-3213
F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Stanley Moss
CEO, the Medinge Group
T 1 562 219-2111
E diganzi@gmail.com

December 14, 2010   No Comments

Sopheak Seng appointed fashion editor of Lucire

Wellington, July 4 (JY&A Media) Sopheak Seng has been appointed fashion editor of Lucire, taking over from Samantha Hannah.
   Mr Seng had worked in the workroom for Robyn Mathieson before styling and merchandising for the Wellington designer.
   ‘I am delighted that Sopheak has agreed to join Lucire,’ says Jack Yan, the magazine’s publisher. ‘Not only does he have my approval, but that of his predecessor.
   ‘Already in his first reports for Lucire I have found him energetic and enthusiastic. Sopheak has an encyclopædic knowledge of fashion and I look forward to working with him as we develop our properties worldwide.’
   ‘I am very excited about joining the Lucire team,’ says Mr Seng. ‘I’ve been a fan of the magazine for a long time, and admired its pioneering moves online and in print.
   ‘We have discussed some of the new media Lucire is going in to, and I cannot wait to play a part in this new era.’
   Mr Seng is Lucire’s first male fashion editor, though a number of men serve in editorial capacities for the magazine around the world.
   Mr Yan paid tribute to Mrs Hannah, who departs for Fishhead. ‘Sam came on board with great ideas that set us in motion in late 2008 and through 2009. I’m very pleased with the work she has done with us and wish her all the best with her new ventures.’

Images
Click here to download image of Lucire cover
Lucire cover, issue 27, 2009
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Modelled by Gal Gadot
Photographer credit: Andrew Matusik

Lucire logo
Lucire logo (click here for EPS, 75 kbyte; click here for low-resolution GIF, 2 kbyte).

About Lucire
Lucire, the global fashion magazine (www.lucire.com), started on the web in 1997. In October 2004, it became the first magazine in its sector to extend its brand into a print magazine. By May 2005, it became the first web magazine to spawn international print editions. Lucire became the first fashion industry partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, www.unep.org). It is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand and published by Lucire LLC. For print edition information, see <http://www.lucire.net>.

Notes to editors
Lucire is a registered trade mark of Jack Yan & Associates and subject to protection in certain jurisdictions. All other trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

Contacts
Jack Yan, Publisher
Lucire
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Amanda van Kuppevelt
Delineate Ltd.
A JY&A Consulting global partner
T 64 3 366-3690, cellphone 64 21 328-869
E amanda@jya.net

Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor
Lucire
T 1 310 497-7157
E elyse.glickman@lucire.com

Ann Fryer, Associate Publisher (New York)
Lucire
T 1 203 979-6166
E ann.fryer@lucire.com

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July 4, 2010   No Comments

Ria van Dyke is the new Miss Universe New Zealand

Wellington, June 6 (JY&A Media) Auckland-based Ria van Dyke, sponsored by Wellington company Econo-Heat, has taken the Miss Universe New Zealand title for 2010 in front of a packed audience in the capital’s Duxton Hotel on Saturday.
   Miss East Auckland, Danijela Unkovich, is runner-up, while Miss Auckland, Caren Freeman, is second runner-up.
   Miss van Dyke, 21, holds a BA (Hons.) with distinction in psychology and sociology. She will now represent New Zealand at Miss Universe in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 23.
   After celebrating, Miss van Dyke returns to Auckland to complete two essays due Monday for her master’s degree.
   Val Lott, director of the Miss Universe New Zealand pageant, says, ‘I am delighted with the decision, and to understand it was unanimous makes me even happier.’
   Ms Lott says she was very impressed with the reception and support Wellingtonians have given to the pageant.
   Jack Yan, publisher of Lucire, headed the judging panel. ‘Ria did extremely well and was consistent from the swimwear section on Friday night, through a gruelling interview at the Museum Hotel, to tonight’s final at the Duxton,’ he says.
   He says that Miss van Dyke speaks from the heart and has the level of international experience that makes her ideal for Miss Universe New Zealand 2010.
   He served on the panel with stylist Samantha Hannah, model scout Evana Patterson, international judge Dina Janse van Rensburg, and Salute Hair director Carl Manderson.
   The judges said that the calibre was very high this year, with very fluent and well spoken contestants.
   One contestant, Nafeesa Moses, already holds a master’s degree, and both Miss van Dyke and Miss Wellington, Regan Hillyer, are studying toward theirs.
   The show was MCed by TVNZ’s Matt McLean and Miss Universe New Zealand 2008 Samantha Powell.
   Katie Taylor, Miss Universe New Zealand 2009, delivered a touching speech on her experiences since her own crowning last April.
   Violinist Marvin Smith and soloist Tyra Wilson performed numbers in musical sections held during the show.

Images
Ria van Dyke, Miss New Zealand 2010
Ria van Dyke, Miss New Zealand 2010
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Compulsory photographer credit: Jin Cowan


Miss Universe New Zealand 2010 contestants after the crowning
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Compulsory photographer credit: Jin Cowan


Danijela Unkovich, runner-up; Ria van Dyke, Miss New Zealand 2010; Caren Freeman, second runner-up
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Compulsory photographer credit: Jin Cowan


Danijela Unkovich, runner-up; Samantha Powell, Miss New Zealand 2008; Ria van Dyke, Miss New Zealand 2010; Katie Taylor, Miss New Zealand 2009; and Caren Freeman, second runner-up
High-resolution JPEG, 6,394 kbyte
Compulsory photographer credit: Jin Cowan

Lucire logo
Lucire logo (click here for EPS, 75 kbyte; click here for low-resolution GIF, 2 kbyte).

About Lucire
Lucire, the global fashion magazine (www.lucire.com), started on the web in 1997. In October 2004, it became the first magazine in its sector to extend its brand into a print magazine. By May 2005, it became the first web magazine to spawn international print editions. Lucire became the first fashion industry partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, www.unep.org). It is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand and published by Lucire LLC. For print edition information, see <http://www.lucire.net>.

Notes to editors
Lucire is a registered trade mark of Jack Yan & Associates and subject to protection in certain jurisdictions. The Miss Universe logo is a registered trade mark of Miss Universe LP, LLLP. All other trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

Contacts
Val Lott, Director
Miss Universe New Zealand
C 64 27 476-7003
E lotts@xtra.co.nz

Jack Yan, Publisher
Lucire
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

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June 6, 2010   No Comments

Jack Yan gets Hollywood in on the act to stop ‘Wellywood’ sign

Wellington, March 10 (JY&A Media) While his opponents are still saying they either like or dislike Wellington’s ‘Wellywood’ sign in Miramar, mayoral candidate Jack Yan is looking for a way to stop it outright.
   Although resource consent has been granted to Wellington Airport, which owns the land, Mr Yan says he has contacted the Hollywood Sign Trust, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and Global Icons, the latter two having intellectual property rights in the sign.
   ‘This sign is tacky and unoriginal—two things Wellington is not,’ he says. ‘And if we are going to erect a second-rate copy, we had better ask the guys who own the original what they think.’
   Mr Yan says in an interview with TV3’s Rachel Morton, part of which was broadcast earlier tonight, that his email exchange with the Chamber’s licensing party reveals that the Americans are ‘not happy’.
   He had approached them last night soon after discovering that the majority of Facebook participants were against the ‘Wellywood’ sign.
   ‘I had already Tweeted that I was against it—and when I discovered that opposition to the sign was running at 100 to 1 on Facebook, I decided that someone had to act,’ he says. ‘We might be six months out from the election, but Wellington has spoken, and someone has to do our bidding.’
   He says the matter is currently being reviewed by the licensing body that oversees the Hollywood sign, and is now an internal matter for them.
   Mr Yan says that the Wellington City Council, which owns 34 per cent of Wellington International Airport Ltd., should not have willingly complied with erecting the sign.
   ‘While the defenders of the sign are saying that the airport is paying for it, remember that the city owns just over a third of the airport.
   ‘I may not be privy to the internal information, but that sounds like ratepayers are partly funding this sign.
   ‘In any case, this is totally against the image of Wellington. We are creative, and we certainly don’t need to copy,’ he says.
   William Shepherd, a brand consultant with Multicultural Brand Consultancy of Los Angeles, California, agrees.
   ‘Wellington’s scope is global creative economics. Hollywood sign has legacy [and] tainted current values,’ he says. ‘When I think of your city, I think creative innovation.’

Images
Images of Jack Yan can be found at <http://jya.net/press/photo.htm>.

Further information
More information on Jack Yan’s campaign can be found at <http://jackyanformayor.org>.

About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (http://jya.net), one of the world’s first virtual firms, in 1987. His company is based or represented in over a dozen countries worldwide. Among his company’s interests are business consulting, imaging, software and media, including the fashion magazine brand Lucire. He writes on topics, ranging from branding and business responsibility to fashion and typography, in numerous publications worldwide and is a regular international speaker. His personal site is at www.jackyan.com, and features a highly regarded blog. He is a director of the Medinge Group (http://medinge.org), a think-tank in Sweden devoted to cutting-edge branding. His Wellington mayoral campaign site can be found at http://jackyanformayor.org.

Notes to editors
All trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

Contacts:
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Amanda Dolheguy
Delineate Ltd.
A JY&A Consulting global partner
T 64 3 366-3690, cellphone 64 21 328-869
E amanda@jya.net

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March 10, 2010   No Comments

Jack Yan heads to Stockholm and Paris to promote Wellington

Mayoral candidate wants to build his tech and creative cluster programmes

Wellington, January 19 (JY&A Media) Publisher and branding expert Jack Yan will combine his work and his love for Wellington in a European speaking tour beginning next week, as part of his 2010 mayoral bid.
   VIPs from Sweden and Norway are attending Mr Yan’s lecture on the morning of the 26th in Stockholm.
   It is the maiden presentation of well known Swedish speaker and author Stefan Engeseth’s Unplugged Speeches series, where presenters are asked to make do without Powerpoint and other visual aids.
   Mr Yan is heading to Stockholm, Malmö and Kristianstad, all in Sweden, to talk about branding and modern democracy, and to promote Wellington.
   It happens to be election year in Sweden, too, with the General Election on September 19—a few weeks before Wellington’s local body elections.
   During the journey, Mr Yan says he is on the lookout for opportunities for Wellington, especially programmes that will enhance his free wifi and creative cluster policies. He is also investigating environmental programmes, since Sweden announced it would phase out fossil fuels by 2030.
   ‘Sweden is known as a progressive, high-tech country that many of us regard as a benchmark. Since the New Zealand Government opened an embassy there in 2008, it has obviously recognized the potential of bilateral relations,’ he says.
   ‘It is the responsibility of cities to find ways to harness that potential, which is, in part, what this tour is about.
   ‘My other mission is educational: to talk about professional developments in branding and democracy.’
   Afterwards, he heads to Paris as a director of the Medinge Group, the think-tank that hands out the Brands with a Conscience prizes each year, to speak at and attend the 2010 ceremony.

Images
Jack Yan in BMW 335d, photographed by Douglas Rimington
1

Jack Yan and 2007 Audi Allroad
2

Stefan Engeseth
3

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Jack Yan with 2009 BMW 335d (2009)
www.jackyan.com
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Photographer credit: Douglas Rimington

2
Jack Yan with 2007 Audi Allroad Quattro 4·2 (2007)
www.jackyan.com
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Photographer credit: Douglas Rimington

3
Stefan Engeseth
www.detectivemarketing.com
JPEG, 386 kbyte (download)
Photographer credit: Thomas Svensson

More images at jya.net/press/photo.htm.

About Jack Yan
Jack Yan founded Jack Yan & Associates (http://jya.net), one of the world’s first virtual firms, in 1987. His company is based or represented in over a dozen countries worldwide. Among his company’s interests are business consulting, imaging, software and media, including the fashion magazine brand Lucire. He writes on topics, ranging from branding and business responsibility to fashion and typography, in numerous publications worldwide and is a regular international speaker. His personal site is at www.jackyan.com, and features a highly regarded blog. He is a director of the Medinge Group (http://medinge.org), a think-tank in Sweden devoted to cutting-edge branding.

About Jack Yan & Associates
Started in 1987, Jack Yan & Associates is a communications’ company with businesses in brand consulting, font software and media. JY&A Consulting is connected to the Medinge Group think-tank of Sweden, through its founder Jack Yan. JY&A Fonts is New Zealand’s first digital typefoundry and the leading player in the country. JY&A Media is an early pioneer in online publishing, with its first digital magazine launched in 1992; its ventures include Lucire, the international fashion magazine. Jack Yan & Associates is headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, but has divisions, representatives, licensees and other presences globally.

About the Medinge Group
Founded in 2002, the Medinge Group first published a brand manifesto of eight statements encapsulating a vision of healthy brands for the future. In 2003, the group authored a collection of essays entitled Beyond Branding, which explored the ways in which brands could add value within alternative business and social models. In 2004, the group established the annual Brands with a Conscience list to recognize organizations who epitomize humanistic behaviour; in 2006, Medinge added a special category of recognition named in honour of its late colleague Colin Morley, which acknowledges excellence by an NGO, in keeping with Colin’s humanistic vision. The Medinge Group maintains an online, automated speakers’ and experts’ bureau accessible through its website, medinge.org. In 2007 Medinge launched an online resource, The Journal of the Medinge Group, a digital anthology of papers and articles written by Medinge members.

Notes to editors
All trade marks are the properties of their respective owners and are only used in a descriptive fashion without any intention to infringe.

Contacts
Jack Yan, CEO
Jack Yan & Associates
T 64 4 387-3213, F 64 4 387-3213
E jack.yan@jyanet.com

Stefan Engeseth, CEO
Detective Marketing
T 46 8 651-44-54
E stefan.engeseth@jyanet.com

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January 19, 2010   No Comments

International think-tank announces seventh annual Brands with a Conscience awards

Stockholm, Seal Beach, Calif. and Wellington, January 12 (JY&A Media) The Medinge Group (www.medinge.org), an international think-tank on branding and business, today releases its seventh annual Brands with a Conscience list. In the Group’s opinion, these diverse organizations show that it is possible for brands to succeed as they contribute to the betterment of society by sustainable, socially responsible and humanistic behaviour.
   In announcing the winners, Stanley Moss, CEO of the Medinge Group said, ‘This year’s awards indicate that principles of compassionate branding are being applied globally, by businesses large and small, across categories from finance to retail to energy, in established and emerging economies, in new markets. Today, brands with conscience can work to build bridges of understanding between nations and societies.’
   Ian Ryder, a founding director of the Medinge Group commented, ‘Winning a BWAC award is more than public recognition—it is a clear statement of your organization’s values, one of the most powerful competitive differentiators in existence!’
   The international collective of brand practitioners meets annually in August at a secluded location outside Stockholm, Sweden, and collaborate on the list, judging nominees on principles of humanity and ethics, rather than financial worth. The Brands with a Conscience list is shaped around criteria including evidence of the human implications of the brand and considering whether the brand takes risks in line with its beliefs. Evaluations are made based on reputation, self-representation, history, direct experience, contacts with individuals within the organizations, media and analysts and an assessment of the expressed values of sustainability.
   Three years ago the group added a unique category commendation, the Colin Morley Award, recognizing exceptional achievement by an individual or NGO. Mr Morley, a member of the Medinge Group, died in the London Underground bombings on July 7, 2005. The award commemorates his visionary work in humanistic branding.
   For 2010, the group has singled out the following organizations as Brands with a Conscience:

Alibaba Group/China
Co-op Bank/UK
Marks & Spencer/UK
Merci/France
Pictet et Cie./Switzerland
SAP/Germany
Selco Solar Pvt. Ltd./India

The Colin Morley Award is given to:

Muna Abu Sulayman/Saudi Arabia

Detailed descriptions and web links follow:

Alibaba Group
www.alibaba.com
A young Asian brand built on the idea that it must exist as an experience to elevate their own or other people’s level of happiness. Jack Ma founded Alibaba in his cramped apartment with 17 colleagues. A decade later, Alibaba Group is the largest ecommerce company in China, with 15,000 employees and more than 100 million users. It also has a B2B unit with a community of more than 42 million registered users from more than 240 countries and regions. This year Alibaba will unveil partnership plans for Grameen China, a project to significantly increase access to micro-credit for poverty alleviation in Sichuan and Inner Mongolia. (Medinge named Grameen Telecom a Brand with a Conscience in 2005, and its parent Grameen Bank was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2008.) Employing the Grameen Bank microcredit model, the group hopes to impact more than 72,000 lives in its first five years.
   Ava Hakim, IBM exec and member of the Medinge Group, remarked that Alibaba is a business ‘built on trust, one which respects intellectual property rights and will remove sites which infringe upon the rights of others.’ She also was impressed by the six core values named, which they have successfully applied to their business.

Co-op Bank
www.co-operativebank.co.uk/servlet/Satellite/1193206375355,CFSweb/Page/Bank
The Co-op, founded in 1872, from its origins has focused on serving local communities. Today the Co-op is the only UK clearing bank to publish an ethical statement. Medinge director Patrick Harris lauded the brand, noting that ‘since 1992 Co-op has been building its ethical stance by asking its membership to vote on issues such as animal welfare, human rights and ecological impact.’ It claims to have turned away over £900 million in loans to businesses not in keeping with the Co-op Ethical Policy. The commitment to improve their food business’ ethical and environmental performance is in line with expectations arrived at in consultation with 100,000 members. Co-Op was double-nominated this year, for both its banking and food businesses.

Marks & Spencer
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In her nomination, Medinge director Erika Uffindell emphasized the focused approach to climate change, waste and sustainability that Marks & Spencer have adopted. With their Plan A campaign, the company established 100 commitments to achieve in five years, clear targets for their business, actionable by people across the group. Uffindell finds the brand very accessible and involving: they have engaged 17,231 customers in making pledges to support climate change and a commitment to sustainability.

Merci
www.merci-merci.com
Merci is a 1500 m² shop for fashion and home furniture based in Paris, France. All sales profits are destined for women and children in Madagascar. The store sells new or artist-reworked donated goods and has had a huge impact. Some goods are sent directly to Madagascar. Merci’s website is especially minimal and modest, yet effectively states the store’s mission. In his nomination, Medinge’s Philippe Mihailovich expressed the hope that Merci’s actions influence others to follow.

Pictet et Cie.
www.pictet.com
This Swiss-based private bank started in 1805. Medinge director Nicholas Ind cited two significant aspects of the brand.
   First, its focus on sustainable development and the redirection of funds in this direction by encouraging the maximum investment in sustainable areas for a given risk: the bank’s management of a water fund, launched in 2000, which has become the world’s largest of its kind, with over €4 billion in assets; and a Clean Energy fund. The second aspect is the Prix Pictet—the world’s first international prize dedicated to photography and sustainability—mandated to encourage the use and power of photography to communicate vital messages to a global audience. This year’s theme is Earth.

SAP
www.sap.com/about/SAP-sustainability
Today, many B2Bs are silently doing a fantastic job to adapt to our global challenges. Medinge’s chairman Thomas Gad nominated Germany’s SAP, a software company whom he admires because ‘they actually help other companies to create usable metrics in their CSR and sustainability.’ Over the past 10 years, SAP has been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for upholding ethical, environmental, social, and governance values in products and services.

Selco Solar Pvt. Ltd.
www.selco-india.com/index.html
Medinge CEO Stanley Moss described Selco as an interesting small business, 14 years old, who supply solar power solutions, mostly in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. They rely on microfinance loans, employ 140 people, and have done around 100,000 installations of small to large size. They are partially funded by Grameen. Moss was impressed by their cradle-to-grave attitude about product, longevity in the marketplace after a tough start-up, good work on the individual level, private ownership, and the understanding of need for innovation.

The 2010 Colin Morley Award to Muna Abu Sulayman
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Simon Nicholls, a member of Medinge, nominated Muna Abu Sulayman, who receives 2010’s Colin Morley Award, for excellence by an individual or NGO, acknowledging their contribution to the betterment of society through sustainable, socially responsible and humanistic behaviour. In giving this award, the Medinge Group recognizes Muna’s outstanding work in educational development, poverty alleviation and strategic philanthropy; as Executive Director of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, developing and implementing operations for humanitarian assistance across the globe; her role as the first woman in Saudi Arabia to be appointed by the United Nations Development Programme as a Goodwill Ambassador; and for exceptional reporting as co-host on popular MBC-TV social programme Kalam Nawaem, in particular her advocacy of rights for women. As a public and media personality, she speaks about issues relating to Arab society, media, building bridges of understanding between east and west. Since 1997, Ms Abu Sulayman has served as lecturer on American literature at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. She frequently appears as a panelist at the Davos World Economic Forum, Jewish Economic Forum, C-100 of the World Economic Forum, Brookings Institute Conferences and other venues.
   Patrick Harris, a Medinge director, added, ‘In the list of 2010 Brands with a Conscience winners, we can see a clear focus on commerce and finance. This is no accident. Instead, this is a sign of the world’s markets responding to the need for responsible and inter-generational business activities.’
   Regarding his nomination of Co-op Bank, Harris said, ‘The UK’s Co-operative Bank is a prime example of a highly principled business within a traditional competitive landscape. The Co-op are being recognized by Medinge for their values-led business focus and for the impact that they bring to a beleaguered sector.’
   Jack Yan, a director of Medinge said, ‘Again, the Medinge Group’s international influence has resulted in a global list of winners, all of which practise our ideals of humanistic branding. I’m thrilled we’ve recognized our first Chinese and Saudi Arabian winners this year.
   ‘In particular, Selco Solar of India shows a commitment to green energy that is very poignant in the 2010s. Just because fuel prices have dropped from their 2008 highs does not mean that the energy crisis is over, a fact the Medinge Group recognizes.’
   Medinge Group member Ava Maria Hakim commented, ‘The message to the world—and Alibaba’s 100 million users—is that China’s Alibaba Group has set a global brand and business benchmark that goes beyond corporate social responsibility to building an integrity-based business driven by long-term vision. Alibaba Group is a Brand with a Conscience of the future.
   Erika Uffindell, a director of Medinge, commented, ‘Marks & Spencer is a great example of an organization living by its beliefs. M&S has been recognized by Medinge for creating the innovative Plan A—an initiative that involves customers and partners in their ambition to help combat climate change and reduce waste. Plan A focuses on five key areas: climate change, waste, sustainable raw materials, health and being a flair partner. Marks & Spencer’s ability to involve their stakeholders in such a simple and accessible way has been reflected in their significant achievements to date.’
   Nicholas Ind, a founding director of Medinge stated, ‘This year, the Medinge Group’s Brands with a Conscience awards shows impressive diversity and reflects the commitment that brand owners are demonstrating around the globe to building organizations that meet the needs of all parts of society. The 2010 winners come from the UK, China, India, Switzerland, Germany, France and Saudi Arabia.’

Special thanks to Medinge’s 2010 BWAC nominating committee
Paulina Borsook
Thomas Gad
Ava Hakim
Patrick Harris
Pierre d’Huy
Nicholas Ind
Philippe Mihailovich
Sergei Mitrofanov
Stanley Moss, chairman
Simon Nicholls
Anette Rosencreutz
Erika Uffindell
Jack Yan

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About the Medinge Group
Founded in 2002, the Medinge Group first published a brand manifesto of eight statements encapsulating a vision of healthy brands for the future. In 2003, the group authored a collection of essays entitled Beyond Branding, which explored the ways in which brands could add value within alternative business and social models. In 2004, the group established the annual Brands with a Conscience list to recognize organizations who epitomize humanistic behaviour; in 2006, Medinge added a special category of recognition named in honour of its late colleague Colin Morley, which acknowledges excellence by an NGO, in keeping with Colin’s humanistic vision. The Medinge Group maintains an online, automated speakers’ and experts’ bureau accessible through its website, www.medinge.org. In 2007 Medinge launched an online resource, The Journal of the Medinge Group, a digital anthology of papers and articles written by Medinge members.

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