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Empathy, experience, AI and the future of advertising

Empathy, experience, AI and the future of advertising

Part three: yet more from Northside Innovation Festival   Can empathy be automated? Hello Alfred is a butler service that we were told is thoroughly systematized, from the face-to-face IRL home visit when a client signs up – to the handwritten notes left by the…

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Startups, pitches, launches and no more sushi

Startups, pitches, launches and no more sushi

Here’s part 2: more of what I learned at Northside Innovation Festival Uh oh. Your pitch is too good Investors told us that incubators and the like have gotten so good at helping startups polish their pitches that they are all becoming indistinguishably great. They…

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Design Inspiration in the Attic: The Cooper Hewitt and the City Reliquary.

Design Inspiration in the Attic: The Cooper Hewitt and the City Reliquary.

Two design inspiration visits over the holidays – to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum for “good” design and to City Reliquary for the full-of-soul vernacular design of New York City.  Surely I couldn’t be mentioning those in the same breath.  Perhaps it’s the Smithsonian…

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7 things to think about in 2015

7 things to think about in 2015

Oooh! Aren’t we naughty?!  See question 7 below. The following questions have been prompted in the past couple of weeks by many people – some are named at the end of this piece. 1: Are new currencies replacing money? New currencies are proliferating.  We can…

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Three very different creative languages – each one powerful and effective

Three very different creative languages – each one powerful and effective

Selfie with audience by Figaro singer Jose Adan Perez This past week I saw a comic opera from 1816, a very contemporary dance performance and Iñárritu’s terrific movie, Birdman. Each was so different in form and language. Each one of those performances left me thrilled…

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Everything is designed. So be a designer, or think like one.

Everything is designed. So be a designer, or think like one.

Milton Glaser – photos by Sam Haskins According to IDEO “Thinking like a designer can transform the way organizations develop products, services, processes, and strategy.”   Wait a minute – that is taking design thinking quite far from its old comfortable world of graphics, logos,…

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Six Ways to Become a Purple Squirrel

Six Ways to Become a Purple Squirrel

A Purple Squirrel is what recruiters call that elusive, more-than-perfect candidate that all employers dream of and hold out for: the one who will make their business sing.  A Purple Squirrel will meet all their constantly evolving job specs – and far exceed them. But Purple Squirrels…

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Don’t just talk to people who do what you do

Don’t just talk to people who do what you do

I have been made aware recently of a lot of thinking about the value of cross-fertilizing ideas and working across disciplines to gain smarter insights and achieve greater success. It started with Eric Kandel, the Nobelist godfather of neuroscience (thanks to his long and intense…

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Watch films – think about careers!

Watch films – think about careers!

I have watched three docs and a narrative film in the last couple of weeks that gave under-the-skin-views of careers and callings and money and success and passion and art and creativity. I recommend them to provoke your own thinking.   Page One: Inside The…

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Are your business silos working for you – or bringing your company down?

Are your business silos working for you – or bringing your company down?

Have you ever wondered about the effectiveness of business silos?  Most of us have seen them or worked in them. The metrics, the P&L and certainly the culture, do not encourage co-operation between divisions, capabilities or regions.  The results can look good from silo to…

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