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March 05 2015

The art of more: a strategist's manifesto | Advertising news | Campaign

At its simplest, I believe in brands. I have spent most of my career sitting at the feet of Messrs Bartle, Bogle and Hegarty. So baked into my thinking from an early age was an unwavering belief in the power of brands and advertising’s unique role in building them.

Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy - HBR

Strategy is often seen as something really smart people do — those head-of-the-class folks with top-notch academic credentials. But just because these are the folks attracted to strategy doesn’t mean they will naturally excel at it.

February 26 2015

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January 13 2015


Amid the bacchanal of disruption, let us pause to honor the disrupted. The streets of American cities are haunted by the ghosts of bookstores and record stores, which have been destroyed by the greatest thugs in the history of the culture industry.

January 12 2015

Charlie Hebdo: the danger of polarised debate | Gary Younge | Comment is free | The Guardian

In times of crisis, those who would like us to keep just one idea in our heads at any one time are quick to the megaphones. By framing events in Manichean terms – dark versus light; good versus evil – an imposed binary morality seeks to coral us into crude camps.

January 11 2015

Germany: Memories of a Nation by Neil MacGregor review – bold, fluent and sharply intelligent | Books | The Guardian

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago, an event followed more quickly than anyone expected by German reunification. The fears about a resurgent Germany expressed at the time in Moscow and Warsaw and by Margaret Thatcher turned out to be groundless.

Photo essay: The bizarre, brilliant and useful inventions of Cuban DIY engineers | PBS NewsHour

Long walled off from world trade and modern technology, Cuba has developed a robust culture of DIY engineers who turn household items into useful inventions. Water pump motors propel bicycles, clothes dryers are repurposed into coconut shredders.

How communism turned Cuba into an island of hackers and DIY engineers | PBS NewsHour

Just outside Havana, in the childhood bedroom of illustrator Edel Rodriguez, a washing machine engine welded to a boat propeller has become a makeshift fan. This kind of cobbled-together contraption is common in Cuba.

Wehrhaft gegen Twitter, wehrlos gegen Kugeln - Deus ex Machina

Wie immer die Jagd nach den Brüdern Chérif (32) und Said K.

Today’s key fact: you are probably wrong about almost everything | UK news | The Guardian

Britons overstate the proportion of Muslims in their country by a factor of four, according to a new survey by Ipsos Mori that reveals public understanding of the numbers behind the daily news in 14 countries.

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'Just had my day brightened up. Big Caribbean army bloke in front of me on the DLR knitting. Old lady turns to him and says “I didn't know men could knit”. He turns to her and in his best Caribbean accent says “No ma'am, the only thing men can't do is have babies. And there's nothing women can't do.” '

DLR= Docklands Light Railway, London

My kind of man!

Great words!

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