Starting again. Sometimes nothing is the gift.

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” Leo Tolstoy A couple of years ago I was in the middle of Mumbai in a place called Dharavi. It is what the West would call a slum. It is where Slum Dog Millionaire was filmed. It taughtContinue reading “Starting again. Sometimes nothing is the gift.”

Why does emotion matter?

“If everything on Earth were rational, nothing would happen.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky The 2020 Olympics started on Friday 23 July 2021. As you can tell by that non-sensical sentence the world is dealing with some weird shit. I think we can agree most people thought having a major global sporting event in a city full ofContinue reading “Why does emotion matter?”

Relax, reality comes later.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon Imagine you are four guys in Liverpool in the early 60’s. One day you decide you want to be famous. Ringo starts to tell everybody that the 4 lads are a band. This rumour spreads. They dressContinue reading “Relax, reality comes later.”

Creativity. The goal that was too interesting.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso Some things stay with you don’t they? You ever find that? A piece of film, a painting or some words that you think about over and over. Every couple of days it just pops into your head. Ok, maybeContinue reading “Creativity. The goal that was too interesting.”

Creativity. The truth is not enough.

“There is nothing as boring as the truth.” Charles Bukowski The Oscars used to be about look how good we are at making movies. Now, it’s just look at how good we are. I recently read this line in a story in the New York Times. The fallout in terms of viewers has been astonishing.Continue reading “Creativity. The truth is not enough.”

Advertising. Queen’s Gambit versus the robots.

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Joan Didion Well, here I go. This is the advertising equivalent of the charge of the light brigade. I am going to ride my horse of belief right at the cannons of coolness. I am about to fight for a word even I hate. Tally ho. ForContinue reading “Advertising. Queen’s Gambit versus the robots.”

Advertising. A restaurant without a kitchen.

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” Francois De La Rochefoucauld When I was growing up I never lived in a house. I lived in many hotels because my father was a hotel manager. This gave me a unique perspective on the chaos that is needed to create order andContinue reading “Advertising. A restaurant without a kitchen.”

Creativity. A dangerous ingredient from two old men.

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” Oscar Wilde There are a lot of ideas in the world today. It is what fuels the world. We always say how we need ideas. But we don’t really value them. In our business, thousands get thrown away every day.Continue reading “Creativity. A dangerous ingredient from two old men.”

Creativity. Listen to Motown and the Lion Rock.

“Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.” Werner Herzog I have been staring at this rock for three days. It may have hypnotised me. I have become convinced it is trying to tell me something. I have smiled at it. I have photographed it. Once or twice, I haveContinue reading “Creativity. Listen to Motown and the Lion Rock.”

Creativity. Let’s remember there are never just two choices.

“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.” Pablo Picasso I am writing this on a day where most people have now accepted Joe Biden is the next President of the United States. For the last 4 days we have been in a weird binaryContinue reading “Creativity. Let’s remember there are never just two choices.”