The chess player in Brick Lane and the joy of Cannes.

“The French Riviera. A sunny place for shady people.” Somerset Maughan When it comes to Cannes and advertising, people often start with what’s wrong with it. I don’t want to do that after a million zoom calls over the last couple of years. I would rather write about the joy of Cannes. And the joyContinue reading “The chess player in Brick Lane and the joy of Cannes.”

Creativity. Intelligence is not enough.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.“ Albert Einstein I will get back to this brilliant quote in a minute. Jerry Seinfeld is standing on stage. Actually, he is leaning on the stool provided. The stage is small, smoky and I imagine dank. It’s one of the those rooms that you always find at the bottom ofContinue reading “Creativity. Intelligence is not enough.”

Creativity. Choose your certainty wisely.

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” William Butler Yeats Ahead of me on the street were two late 20 somethings talking very passionately. They were on vacation. T-shirts, cargo shorts, sandals and a farmers tan. They were very excitedly talking about crypto, blockchain and NFT’s. It was theContinue reading “Creativity. Choose your certainty wisely.”

Advertising. You can learn a lot and very little in 10 years.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.” Robert Frost I am going to apologise in advance. I am not sure what this post is about. It’s a little sentimental. I just felt I had to put something down or say something. Next month is a little milestoneContinue reading “Advertising. You can learn a lot and very little in 10 years.”

Creativity. The unfortunate way ideas happen.

“If you run out of ideas follow the road; you’ll get there.” Edgar Allan Poe I wonder how many times a great idea has been filmed? It couldn’t have happened that many times. Most of the time it is an internal process. You cannot see it. Fortunately, and luckily for us, that is not theContinue reading “Creativity. The unfortunate way ideas happen.”

A line is a dot that went for a walk.

This is a quote that I think about a lot. It comes from the great artist Paul Klee. Anybody who knows me has heard me say it. For me, it perfectly sums up the tension between closing the deal and creatively staying open. Anybody remember the great movie, The Man from Pluto? No, me either.Continue reading “A line is a dot that went for a walk.”

WTF is creativity anyway?

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein Have you ever had one of those moments that just stays with you? It might have happened years ago but it will be a normal Wednesday and the moment just pops into your head. Maybe, it’s just me. Well, here is mine. I was a young creative andContinue reading “WTF is creativity anyway?”

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.”