The G20 event/protests taking place right now is a sign of the times, seems to be a continuing correlation between intensity of protest and economic climate when looking over the past decades.
Interesting observation #1, bankers were advised before arriving not to look like bankers for fear of average people attacking them. They were advised to wear jeans and "regular" clothes. Interesting.
Interesting observation #2, how many actually know what they are protesting? Or are they enjoying the act of protesting. This post from the Guardian's live blog is priceless:
"The police apparently took away his pint glass.
Interesting observation # 3, I was coincidentally in Prague 8 years ago during IMF meetings and corresponding protests. Sitting on a street car were were surrounded by an unruly mob. Looking up the street about 50 League of Anarchist were marching, surrounding the street car were about 200 photographers in media vests. This money shot from earlier today, borrowed from the Guardian Blog, highlights the interesting dynamic between "protest" and "news gathering."
Events like this are very real expressions of how people feel about companies, and of course their brand. Easy to say, it's not looking good. Might be time to double check they are actually living up to the pithy words on their brand onion/pyramid/tree.