‘Tis the Season (but not the one you think)

It’s not quite yet the season to be jolly (although we’ve seen holiday decorations going up around Michigan Avenue this week). It’s the season to be terrified, also known as Health Insurance Open Enrollment. If you, like me, are lucky enough to have survived a health crisis, you also carry...

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Is Your Mind Made Up?

This piece on the Bloomberg newsfeed caught our eye because of the cool animated graphics. It visually lays out the timeline and process Americans go through to create and solidify social change. They tracked several landmark issues — interracial marriage, prohibition, women’s suffrage, abortion, same-sex marriage, and recreational marijuana —...

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“I’m not comfortable with that.”

Advancing new ideas is fun. But in an all too familiar scenario, initial excitement gives way to second guessing. What if someone is offended? What if it’s taken the wrong way? What if the Tweetosphere goes negative? Eric Schurenberg, the editor of Inc. magazine,  wrote an astute analysis of this...

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Quick Quiz

http://tinyurl.com/ldtjhdq Take a look at this video and let us know if you think it’s: A. An interesting way to launch a new restaurant in New York B. A not-so-subtle rip off of Dollar Shave Club C. All of the above We’re thinking “C”, but regardless of your choice, both...

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Do you know any brand immigrants?

Our friend Chris Felix sent us an article he found on Gawker with some commentary about a post on personal branding that appeared on The New Yorker website. (If you think that was circuitous, wait until you read the article!) In this age of people managing their online images with...

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Supersize This One

Could the role of food companies in contributing to the nation’s obesity finally be getting some wider scrutiny? Nestle, makers of all kinds of less-than-healthy goodies, has issued an RFP asking agencies to help reposition it as a “recognized and trusted food and beverage, nutrition, health and wellness company.” The company...

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Detroit Goes To War: Who’s Winning?

War in Detroit? Not really news. Unless you focus on the Ad Wars, which GM and Ford have just made a bit more interesting by creating a duel between their luxury divisions. Business Insider sums up the deal quite well here, and the article contains a couple of very entertaining...

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Friendly or Frozen: You Get to Decide

We like this experiment the people at Duracell launched in Canada, where they created bus shelters that would provide heat — but only if people, possibly complete strangers, were willing to touch one another to complete the battery circuit. Lots of comment on this in the blogosphere that reveals people’s...

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Digital Disservice

Lucia Moses had an eye-catching article in AdWeek a couple of weeks ago, entitled “There is a digital talent gap — Wide chasm between expertise needed and available.” It’s illustrated with some pretty good info-graphics, too. Definitely worth a look. http://tinyurl.com/kzaj4dw While the title would lead you to believe that...

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Already Been Disrupted

A curious review of this book by new book James McQuivey appeared in the WSJ this week. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/buxeqpt. It seems that the story centers on the idea that the availability of information and ability to disseminate it easily is going to eventually topple big corporations, because you don’t...

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