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How Can I Help?

By Si Quan Ong (source) “I’m running behind on my tasks.” I confessed, feeling embarrassed. Not being able t

Strategy

What is strategy? The etymology of the word has two parts with PIE roots – strategos was Greek for ‘general’, or

Everything big started out small

We often look at oak trees and struggle to realize that they started out as acorns. Uber started as Ubercab, a luxury cab serv

Spiderman

I really like this: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/birmingham-spiderman-feeds-homeless I like it because the idea

Warm Notice

    There’s something about translating things from other languages that accidentally ends up creating art. I&

Street Art

It’s always interesting to think about the distinction between street art and graffiti. Graffiti makes the place uglier,

Organized Violence

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the outfits were reversed– if it were dark-skinned men with batons and weapons standing

What will they laugh at us for?

It’s very easy to look back at the past and laugh and mock at what we now know to be outright wrong. It’s not so e

Good Samaritan

The power of the parable of the Good Samaritan is diluted, because we no longer know the context. A Samaritan wasn’t jus

Exaggerate.

It’s very difficult for people to notice small differences, small changes. If you want to communicate something effectiv

Call And Response

  When I first started out as a writer, I often felt burdened with the need to embody every single point of view, to cove

Unconventional Heroes

  A quick and simple way to make art is to use a lens that’s normally applied to one subject matter, and then apply

Death Is The Most Certain Possibility

There’s a simple truth about cigarettes that people often miss– which is that plenty of smokers get into it precisely

The Cistern Chapel

Everything is a remix, everything’s been done before. But the power of a simple pun and an unexpected location, in sharp

I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke

   In an interview with Jason Calacanis, Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke talked about the future of retail– and he said a lin

Marketing is a nebulous concept

Marketing is a nebula. (Originally, nebula was a name for any diffuse astronomical object.) Marketing is massive and it’

changed my view of marketing

Marketing Is The Most Work You Can Do Entirely Inside Your Brain I’ve always been a marketer, even when I didn’t q

Brands Sell Building Blocks of Identity

Successful brands sell you building blocks of identity. Here’s how this works. 1. Most people have some vague idea of wh

Banksy, on Advertising

The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving u

Everything Is A Remix

This is one of the strongest ideas I’ve encountered in my life. Copy, Transform, Combine.   http://everythingisarem