Fundraising strategy causes board split

first_imgFundraising strategy causes board split  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 May 2014 | News Tagged with: Ireland Law / policy Management A row over the fundraising direction of one of Ireland’s leading concert venues has contributed to the resignation of a number of board members, according to the Irish Times.Four board members of the National Concert Hall (NCH) have resigned in part, according to Michael Dervan at the Irish Times, because of a link up with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York and a fundraising plan that was said to cost “large sums of money” without a guaranteed return, according to the Irish Times.The reports of a board split come at the same time as an announcement that the NCH is to become a statutory body which will “enhance capacity to engage in fundraising,” according to Irish Arts minister, Jimmy Deenihan.“As a statutory body, the National Concert Hall will have enhanced capacity to engage in fundraising,” Mr Deenihan said.“This again is common to other national cultural institutions which are already established as statutory bodies and which have strong fundraising programmes,” he added.In Dervan’s article, he added that there are those in the arts community who were “sounding warning notes” that Raise, the Arts Council’s scheme to support private fundraising in the arts, is not working. He noted that the US model of philanthropy was often cited but that philanthropy in Ireland was different, “otherwise the arts would have been showered with private money during the years of the boom”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

False posts cannot be used to justify arbitrary control over the Internet

first_img Help by sharing this information March 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 False posts cannot be used to justify arbitrary control over the Internet Reporters Without Borders is worried by President Hugo Chávez’s professed desire to regulate the Internet. Chávez called for Internet regulation on 13 March, at the same time as he called for a criminal prosecution to be brought against Noticiero Digital, a news and comments website that wrongly reported that a minister had been assassinated.“Imposing restrictions on the Internet will not solve the problem of false reports,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The government is using this case as a pretext for legitimising the regulation of a space that has until now escaped its control. The government has reinforced its control over the media, especially the broadcast media, in recent years. If it tries to do the same with the Internet, online free expression could be in danger.”Speaking on television on 13 March, President Chávez said: “The Internet cannot be a completely free space, where anything is said or done. No, each country must impose its own rules.”His comment was prompted by the fact that two visitors to Noticiero Digital’s forum posted reports that infrastructure and telecommunications minister Diosdado Cabello had been assassinated. According to Chávez, the false reports remained online for two days.Acknowledging that two new members posted this false information, the site’s moderators said it was removed within a few hours of their being notified. The site follows what is standard practice for online forums: it does not screen posts in advance, but it subsequently removes those that are found to have violated user conditions. The administrators’ good faith is therefore not in question. The forum has more than 120,000 members.President Chávez has reportedly asked Cabello to regulate the Internet. A new bill on telecommunications, information technology and postal services that has been submitted to parliament reportedly provides for website blocking and a single point of entry for all Internet traffic, which would facilitate online surveillance. June 15, 2020 Find out more New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets VenezuelaAmericas News to go further Follow the news on Venezuela News January 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation News RSF_en News Receive email alerts VenezuelaAmericas August 25, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuelalast_img read more

Protests in Paris, New York, Beijing and Montreal one year before start of 2008 Olympics

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China Organisation Reporters Without Borders staged events around the world to denounce the appalling human rights situation in China as the organisers of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games today gathered in Tiananmen Square in a ceremony exactly one year ahead of the opening of the games. In Paris, a 100-square-metre flag showing the Olympic rings transformed into handcuffs was unfurled today by Reporters Without Borders activists. August 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Protests in Paris, New York, Beijing and Montreal one year before start of 2008 Olympics Receive email alerts RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders staged events around the world to denounce the appalling human rights situation in China as the organisers of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the International Olympic Committee today gathered in Tiananmen Square in a ceremony exactly one year ahead of the opening of the games.In Paris, a 100-square-metre flag showing the Olympic rings transformed into handcuffs was unfurled today by Reporters Without Borders activists along one of the bridges over the Seine. This graphic, together with the words “Beijing 2008,” was also displayed on an advertising truck and bicycles* that circulated the city all day. And the organisation’s activists distributed thousands of postcards with the graphic to Parisians and tourists attending the “Paris Beach” events along the Seine.At the same time, a total of 30,000 posters (60 cm x 80 cm) with the same handcuffs image have been put up all over France.In New York, bicycles displaying the “Beijing 2008″ handcuffs graphic rode through the streets of Manhattan, and leaflets about the human rights situation in China were distributed to passers-by.In Beijing, on 6 August, four Reporters Without Borders representatives including its president, Fernando Castello, its vice-president, Rubina Möhring, and its secretary-general, Robert Ménard, gave a news conference yesterday outside the building that houses the Beijing Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG).In Montreal, Reporters Without Borders took part with Amnesty International in a news conference yesterday at the Olympic stadium that hosted the 1976 games.The press freedom organisation also offered leading daily newspapers an op-ed piece on the poor situation of press freedom in China. It is being published by newspapers in Austria (Der Standard), Belgium (Le Soir), Brazil (O Globo), Canada (National post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun), France (Libération), Great Britain (The Independent) and Spain (El Mundo).T-shirts with the “Beijing 2008″ handcuffs image can be bought on the Internet at the Fruit of the Boom website (www.fruitoftheboom.com).Reporters Without Borders is calling for the release of the approximately 100 journalists, cyber-dissidents and free speech activists currently held in China, and an end to censorship of the news media and Internet. At least 12 websites were closed or blocked in July alone.The graphic is available in a high-definition version (EPS, 300 DPI, CMJN) in six languages from the Media Downloads section of the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org). Web banners are also available in various formats in French, English and Spanish.* Thanks to the help of Chac’n Chak, a company that was our partner in this operation. News News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Scales of Justice Should Be Tilted In Favour Of The Poor

first_imgColumnsThe Scales of Justice Should Be Tilted In Favour Of The Poor Justice Markandey Katju, Former SC Judge10 May 2020 10:23 PMShare This – xJustice Deepak Gupta who retired from the Supreme Court recently in his farewell speech lamented that the Indian judicial system today favours the rich, and is weighted against the poor, when a real judicial system should be the other way around, and should be weighted in favour of the poor, because it is the poor who need protection.In this connection I may refer to a historical…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJustice Deepak Gupta who retired from the Supreme Court recently in his farewell speech lamented that the Indian judicial system today favours the rich, and is weighted against the poor, when a real judicial system should be the other way around, and should be weighted in favour of the poor, because it is the poor who need protection.In this connection I may refer to a historical incident narrated in the Rajtarangani, the famous 12th Century Sanskrit treatise by the Kashmiri historian Kalhan, showing how a Kashmiri King, Chandrapida, upheld the Rule of Law, and protected a charmakar ( cobbler ) against his own officials.The King’s officials had planned to build a temple of Lord Tribhuvanaswamy on a land, on a piece of which the cobbler’s hut was situated. The cobbler refused to remove his hut despite the orders of the officials. When the officials complained of the cobbler’s obstinacy to the King, instead of ordering demolition of the hut, the King severely reprimanded the officials for trying to encroach on the cobbler’s land.The King told them :नियम्यताम् विनिर्माणं यद् अन्यत्र विधीयताम् परभूमि अपहरण सुकृतं कः कलंकेतये द्रष्टारः सदसताम् ते धर्म विनुगणा क्रियाः वयमेव विदधमश्चेत यातु न्यायेण को अघ्वनाi.e.” Stop the construction, or build the temple elsewhereWho would tarnish such a pious act ( of building a temple ) by illegally depriving a man of his land ?If we, who are the judges of what is right and what is not, act unlawfully, who would then abide by the law ? “( Rajtarangini, chapter 4, pages 59-60 )Later, overwhelmed by the sense of justice of the King, the cobbler sought an audience with him. When brought before the King he said : ” Just as the palace is to Your Majesty, so is the hut to me. I could not bear its demolition.However, if Your Majesty asks for it, I shall give it up, seeing your just behaviour “Subsequently the King purchased it after paying a satisfactory price.The cobbler then told the King with folded hands :राजधर्म अनुरोधेन पर्वत्ता तयोचिता स्वस्ति तुभ्यं चिरं स्थेया धर्म्या वृत्तांत पद्धतिदर्शयन् ईदृशीह श्रद्धा श्रद्धेया धर्मचारिणाम i.e.” Yielding to another, however low, adhering to the principles of Rajdharma,is the appropriate course for a King. I wish you well.May you live long, upholding the supremacy of the law.”( Rajtarangini Chapter 4, pp.75-77 )Thus, under a just King the supremacy of the law was upheld, and the weak ( the cobbler ) prevailed over the strong ( the King’s officials ).Perhaps King Chandrapida illustrates what Justice Deepak Gupta had in mind, and what a true judge should be like.Views are personalAuthor is a former Judge of Supreme Court of IndiaSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

SC Judge and Family In Self Quarantine After Cook Tests Positive For COVID19

first_imgTop StoriesSC Judge and Family In Self Quarantine After Cook Tests Positive For COVID19 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 May 2020 12:00 PMShare This – xA judge of the Supreme Court and family have gone under precautionary self-quarantine after their residential cook tested positive for COVID-19 today.As per initial reports, the help, who was on leave since May 7, got infected during the leave period. After the person got tested positive for the coronavirus infection on Thursday afternoon, the judge and family decided to go into quarantine as…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA judge of the Supreme Court and family have gone under precautionary self-quarantine after their residential cook tested positive for COVID-19 today.As per initial reports, the help, who was on leave since May 7, got infected during the leave period. After the person got tested positive for the coronavirus infection on Thursday afternoon, the judge and family decided to go into quarantine as a precautionary measure, said sources who are privy to the developments.Other staff members who were in touch with the person have also put themselves under quarantine.The identities of the judge and the infected person are kept confidential in the interests of personal privacy.In April, an employee in the Section IV of Registry had tested positive with his last working day being April 16. It was stated that the employee had visited the Additional Building of the Supreme Court and had also worked in the main complex. As a consequence, 36 security personnel from Delhi Police, who had been deployed in the Apex Court, had been quarantined. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Bombay HC Directs Man Accused Of Assaulting Public Servant To Deposit 10K With Police Welfare Fund As A Condition For Anticipatory Bail [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay HC Directs Man Accused Of Assaulting Public Servant To Deposit 10K With Police Welfare Fund As A Condition For Anticipatory Bail [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap30 July 2020 7:56 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Monday directed a man accused of assaulting a public servant and attributing motives to him for closing down shops belonging to people from a particular community, to deposit Rs.10,000 with the Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund as a condition for granting him anticipatory bail. Justice CV Bhadang was hearing the application filed by Anwar Sayyed, who was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Monday directed a man accused of assaulting a public servant and attributing motives to him for closing down shops belonging to people from a particular community, to deposit Rs.10,000 with the Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund as a condition for granting him anticipatory bail. Justice CV Bhadang was hearing the application filed by Anwar Sayyed, who was apprehending arrest in connection with investigation of case registered with Mumbra Police Station for the offence punishable under Sections 353 and 188 of IPC read with Section 3 of the Prevention of Contagious Disease Act, 1987 and Section 51(b) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Advocate Pankaj Pandey appeared on behalf of the applicant and submitted that his client only wanted to know as to what are the particulars of the timing for which the shops were to be kept closed during the lockdown. Moreover, there was no intention to assault or prohibit the public servant from carrying out his duties. Also, except the offence under Section 353 of IPC, all other offences are bailable, Advocate Pandey said. Whereas, Additional Public Prosecutor Suraj Hulke argued that the applicant had attributed motive to the concerned public servant, saying that he was only attempting to close down the shops belonging to a particular community. The applicant was also instigating other shop owners, to disobey the orders, APP Hulke said. Court acknowledged that the APP in all fairness did not dispute that looking at the nature of the offence, there is no need for custody for effecting any recovery or for custodial interrogation. Thus, Justice Bhadang observed- “Considering the fact that the custodial interrogation of the applicant is not necessary for effecting any recovery and further having regard to the nature of the allegations in which the public servant concerned was allegedly prevented from performing his duties, I find that the discretion can be exercised subject to conditions.” Hence, in the event of an arrest, the applicant was directed to be released on furnishing a bond in the sum of Rs.25,000 with one or two solvent sureties in the like amount. This shall be further subject to the condition that the applicant deposits an amount of Rs.10,000 with the Maharashtra Police Welfare Fund. Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Into the mouth of a pedigree gift horse

first_imgInto the mouth of a pedigree gift horseOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today It’s not easy being an Industry Minister. The DTI is caught between CBIhostility to regulation and the TUC’s demand for more of it, trying to supportbusiness while not hectoring it, justifying a hefty budget while showing valuefor money results. Nothing illustrates ministers’ dilemmas better than the case of the soar awayemployment tribunals. As applications rocket, the DTI faces howls of protestfrom businesses at the cost and nuisance value of tribunals, but warnings fromunions and others about infringing individual rights. All the more extraordinary, then, that in its proposals to curb thetribunals’ explosion, the DTI is at the point of looking straight into themouth of a gift horse with the pedigree to help. The horse in question is a36-year-old with remarkable staying power – called Acas. The challenge is a big one. A threefold increase in tribunal applications ina decade, increasingly legalistic hearings and spiralling costs to business.Several factors explain the trend. One is a phenomenon that deserves to becalled “litigitis” – citizens’ increasing propensity to turn to lawas soon as other routes fail. Probably even more important are a growth in individual rights and theshockingly bad management practice that continues to dog parts of Britishbusiness. Small firms who have fewer than 10 employees, for instance, accountfor almost a third of tribunal applications while employing less than a fifthof the workforce. Sixty per cent of small firms facing a claim have nogrievance or disciplinary procedure. Enter Acas. For a paltry £32m a year, the service clears up thousands ofindividual disputes before they get to tribunals. Disputes that cost employersan average £2,000 a time, not including compensation awards that average£2,700, plus potential recruitment costs. Luckily, only a quarter of cases get as far as a tribunal – with Acas amajor factor in another 31 per cent being withdrawn and 44 per cent beingconciliated. In other words, the Acas approach actually works. By keeping disputes out oftribunals, Acas saves business far more than it costs the Exchequer. Yet theDTI dispute resolution proposals ignore calls from the Industrial Society andothers to fund an increase in Acas’ conciliation services and good practiceadvice. Even worse, the DTI suggests that the service’s conciliation role is removedin some cases and that Acas starts to “kitemark” other organisationsto conciliate. And all of that before a new Acas arbitration scheme, specifically designedto provide an alternative route to tribunals, has a chance to prove its worth.At the moment, it seems, the DTI is backing the wrong horse. www.indsoc.co.uk/policyBy Patrick Burns, Policy Director, The Industrial Society Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Former BYU Basketball Star, Roland Minson, Passes Away At 90

first_img Tags: Roland Minson January 2, 2020 /Sports News – Local Former BYU Basketball Star, Roland Minson, Passes Away At 90 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-In news released Thursday, former BYU men’s basketball standout, Roland Minson, passed away Wednesday at the age of 90 at Afton, Wyo.Minson was renowned for his court vision and shooting accuracy while starring for the Cougars from 1948-1951.During his collegiate days at BYU, Minson posted 13.3 points and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 86.1 percent at the foul line.Minson helped lead the Cougars to three consecutive 20-win seasons and back-to-back conference championships in 1950 and 1951. He also was instrumental in the Cougars’ 1951 NIT National Championship as they downed the Dayton Flyers 62-43 in the title game.Minson’s No. 11 jersey was retired February 16, 2013 at the same time his teammate, Mel Hutchins’ No. 14 jersey, was also retired.Minson, known as “the Cat,” concluded his career as the Cougars’ then all-time leading scorer with 1,407 points.Minson was drafted No. 15 overall in the second round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the New York Knickerbockers but chose to serve in the Korean War as a naval officer instead.Minson played on the all-Navy basketball team in 1952 and with the Denver Bankers of the Amateur Athletic Union.He became an assistant coach to legendary BYU coach Stan Watts from 1961-1963.Minson then became a banker and later filled several Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints missions with his wife in England.Funeral services are slated for January 11 at noon at Afton. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

‘Premiership football is like watching paint dry’

first_imgSo says Chris Waddle and, at the moment, it’s hard to argue with him. That said, the indications of this malaise are twofold: dwindling crowds and the matches themselves. Frankly I think the latter is too dull to bother arguing about – though the Observer would likely disagree, having deemed it worthy of three full pages of coverage recently – so I shan’t.While expensive tickets, blanket television coverage and ridiculous kick off times might excite some, I, like Kate Moss, like an ample sprinkling of something extra to get me out of bed in the morning. In my case, its hypocrisy – and there’s a lot of it around in football at the moment.Many people believe that football has simply become dull. The Premiership is feted as, if not the best, then certainly the most exciting league in the world. However, it seems that the source of this discontent is not that the games themselves are less interesting – though this is arguably the case – but that the results have become too predictable. People aren’t really complaining about Chelsea and José Mourinho’s negative tactics, they’re complaining about Chelsea and José Mourinho being so much better than everyone else.I shan’t bore you with the raft of quotes which have emerged on the subject from gaming greats such as Alan Curbishley, Martin Jol and Steve Bruce (who, incidentally argued that Nicky Butt’s recent red card should have been rescinded on the grounds that fouls are ‘entertaining’), but in my mind they have done nothing more than show that the game is suffering more from a severe case of sour grapes than anything else. Arsene Wenger, who is forever hailing his team’s goal scoring prowess, is calling for rule changes to reward high scoring wins – however, it seem as though Mr Wenger has not done his maths. Even with such changes, Chelsea would still have run away with the league, beating Arsenal by 8 points rather 10. The only position change on the grounds of the proposed new point system would have been Tottenham switching places with Manchester City, neither of whom were relegated, or qualified for Europe. Ground breaking stuff.Even if this had more of an effect on the league table, it would only highlight Wenger’s true gripe. As he mentioned in the same interview: ‘if the same team or person always wins in sport, it quickly becomes boring.’ Translation: ‘Arsenal have stopped winning, I’m bored’ or, more specifically, ‘Arsenal have stopped winning, I’d rather not see ze incident’.It’s slightly worrying that John Terry seems to have a better grasp of the situation than most: ‘I do not think the top players in the world would have voted three Chelsea players in the FIFPro World XI if we were boring’. Remedial footballer that he is, he equated being good equates to being exciting – beautifully missing the point of Chelsea’s detractors that the two do not always come hand in hand.The complaint ostensibly is that if you’re the best and are going to keep winning, you could at least win in style. Then again, when Chelsea won a run of 4-0 wins last season it was apparently dull. They played 4-5-1 thoughout and no one complained – in fact, everyone else adopted the same formation. The only change was that where Chelsea had Duff, Robben, Cole and Lampard to liven up the midfield, while the majority had to make do with free transfers and loan deals. The only difference this season is that the Chelsea midfield is somewhat off their game. Hardly the club’s fault – and I doubt many people would see another cash splurge by Abramovich as a solution either.West Ham boss Alan Pardew went so far as to describe Jose Mourinho as the ‘Steve Davis of football’ – as harsh as comparisons get in the boring stakes. But the thing the two do have in common is that, like Mourinho, Steve Davis always won. The table itself reveals that Chelsea have scored 14 goals this season – four more than anyone else. The fact that they have only conceded one is less a criticism of Chelsea than it is of the rest of the league.However, there is another danger for Jose Mourinho to consider. Whether it is the neutral position or the natural arrogance of one who has won everything and done it with style – or maybe I’ve read more into it than I should – but Johann Cruyff seemed to have put his finger on the buzzer when he pointed out that ‘[Jose Mourinho]’s a very good practical coach. But in his position he should think about performances too’.The fact that ‘Paddy Power’ bookmakers have already paid out on a Chelsea title this season might be a comfort to Chelsea fans, but the man who really brought this success, Roman Abramovich, is probably beginning to think that football isn’t nearly as entertaining as it seemed two and half years ago. And if Chelsea’s golden goose stops laying eggs, it’s not just Chelsea fans who should be worried. Watch your back Mr Mourinho.ARCHIVE: 0th week MT 2005last_img read more

At the heart of ‘Mad Men’

first_imgMatthew Weiner is a talker. He admits it. In answering questions — about his writing process, about the hit AMC drama he created, “Mad Men,” which will end its seven-season run next month — his mind meanders away from simple truths, often to a story and a place in the past where the writer and director felt shunned and downtrodden, not unlike his show’s protagonist, Don Draper.Like Draper, Weiner struggled to build the life he wanted. He once stopped writing altogether because he found it impossible to break into show business. Finally he landed gigs writing for sitcoms. It was during that time that Weiner had an idea, a story about a man from meager beginnings who lands it all — success, looks, women — and in despite of it, is miserable.“‘Is this it?’ and ‘What’s wrong with me?’ These two questions are at the heart of the show,” Weiner told a Harvard audience Monday at Sever Hall.Fans preoccupied with the approaching finale were offered no clues on Draper’s fate during a conversation between Weiner and Bret Anthony Johnston, the director of creative writing at Harvard. The event was the keynote in Harvard LITFest, a week of workshops and talks now in its second year.Instead of focusing on the end of the series, Weiner talked stories — the events that shape us, whether we realize it or not, and the necessity of persistence in life and in art.Weiner’s pilot script earned him the attention of “Sopranos” writer and producer David Chase, who cleared a space on his writing team for Weiner. After “The Sopranos” ended in 2007, Weiner began shopping his period piece around. It was nabbed by AMC, a network that had never delved into original programming. Before too long “Mad Men” had gained a passionate following.Weiner said that he’s driven by mortality and finds himself always scripting “some version of ‘Rip Van Winkle’ … someone does something they shouldn’t have done and they’ve missed their whole life,” he said.He admitted he has occasionally weaved in tidbits from his own life. While working on “Signal 30,” an episode from Season 5 that included a fight between Pete Campbell and Lane Pryce, Weiner was “the most depressed I’d ever been in my life.“I don’t know what it was: the permanence of time passing, success, my relationship,” he said.The characters fell victim to the same unnamable malaise.“It’s a cliché. Suburban woe. Middle-age crisis. Frustrated art. Waning sexual powers,” Weiner said. “But to have a third person express it … I hope it means something to other people.”The episode also featured something unique: a poem, written by the character Ken Cosgrove. Weiner did his college thesis in poetry, and said he was crushed when a professor he let read it ripped it to shreds. But for all the heartbreak and rejection that comes with the territory, Weiner said, it’s essential that the developing writer take heart in compliments and words of encouragement and keep going.“I want to be known as someone who takes a lot of risks,” he said. “Writing-wise I’m constantly at war … I’m embarrassed to repeat myself unless I feel it’s a thematic underscoring. There’s a lot of stuff and it’s like, ‘Will that work?’ Well, we’ll see.”Dispelling the idea that he’s the show’s main author, calling it “some commercial construction,” Weiner spoke often about having a team of writers, “which creates safety.”“The story comes from a lot of people, and I pick and choose and consume it and do a lot of rewriting and dialogue,” he said. “But we’re all very emboldened as a group to walk to the brink of failure all the time and not know the difference. And you really can’t know the difference.”True writers, he said, will endure that doubt and fear and move past it — because they have to.But to be a writer is to be a good observer, said Weiner, and an even better listener. “People ask me what I’m doing next and I say that I’m returning to my first love — eavesdropping.”last_img read more