This week got off on the decidedly wrong foot with the passing of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, icons of their relative crafts. (There are many of us, for example, who can’t recognize Christmas until Hans Gruber exits Nakatomi Tower. We salute them both here, with particular attention paid to this piece in Fortune about the three pillars of his strategy, as both an artist and businessman, of which we should take strong heed:
- Charge a premium price for premium work.
- Engage your fans.
- Fight for what you’ve created.
On another notable note, co-founder Doug French took to the podium at the White House last Friday to speak on men’s health and the role that the Dad 2.0 Summit has taken to champion it:
We were honored to discuss the many health-specific panels we’ve convened, as well as the many fitness events that Title Sponsor Dove Men+Care has put together, at a White House event that comprised 100 companies, 28 speakers, 25 best practices, 40 commitments to engage in Men’s Week of Action, 2 Super Bowl rings, and over 35 million Twitter impressions in just three hours!
Dove has another really cool morning event planned for this year, and we’ll be telling you about it next week.
IN THE NEWS
This week is the inaugural “Star Wars Day at Sea” for Disney Cruise Lines, and Charlie Capen (How To Be A Dad) and our Whit Honea are there, covering it with their families. Word is that the Force is strong in our Disney Dads, and we look forward to their coverage of the event.
On Monday, Summit Presenting Sponsor Kia Motors unveiled its Telluride concept–a three-row, seven-seat, luxury SUV–at the Detroit Auto Show. We hope it one day becomes available for sale, because that is one sweet ride.
The Week reports that the state of Arizona is taking to Twitter to shame dads that owe child support in 140 characters or less. Follow the hashtag #deadbeat if that sort of thing is your bag.
Want smart kids? Spend time with them! A new study reported in The Sun has found that children who spend lots of time with their dads tend to have higher IQs.
Scotty Schrier has compiled an extensive list of men’s rooms that include changing tables. Any father that has changed a baby’s diaper on a dirty bathroom floor can appreciate how valuable this list is. Thanks, Scotty!
Birth fathers, who have only been recognized in the adoption processes since the 1970s, are still fighting for a bigger role in 2016.
“Where Have all the Good Men Gone: The Loss of Our Icons” by Sean McKenzie at Nerd Incognito looks at the recent deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, respectively, and how they affect all of us.
Have a great long weekend, dads! If you want to honor Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday, consider heading down to the national historic site in Atlanta that features tours of his birthplace, his museum, and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached with his father. It’s a great place to see with your kids.