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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ObamaCare Cliffs Notes

It doesn’t matter where you stand on the issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the fact is, this legislation affects us all somehow. No one understands the practical ramifications of this better than our friend Chris Felix, who owns Gizmo Health. These guys are totally up to date with the...

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For Your Eyes Only

Today a friend asked if we’d seen this unusual ad, which uses the old technique of lenticular printing to imbed a visual that is only visible to children. If you’re less than four-and-a-half feet tall, you see a message instructing victims of child abuse how to get help. Anyone taller...

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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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Who Puts the Con in Content?

Anyone who has been responsible for creating and supplying content on behalf of a brand knows that it requires an idea with some dimension, as well as the dedication of human resources and the associated costs. There’s just no way around it. And yet, people try to game the system with...

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What A Difference Day One™ Makes

We bust our knuckles for companies that want to gut out the strategic discipline it takes to grow. Trouble is, there are a lot of managers and business owners with the best intentions that keep getting thwarted by the ongoing interruptions of day-to-day activities, or inability to get everyone involved...

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Homeward Found

I find my little hometown has become almost unrecognizable, an all too common victim of industrial decay and talent flight. So it was with a little trepidation that I went back home for my high school reunion. But I’m sure glad I did. I’d seen a few of my old...

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Things Are Looking Up

It’s a beautiful day in Chicago, and the warm weather has brought the People of Walmart back to Michigan Avenue. I’m including myself in that description because I was out there at lunch time, enjoying the scenery. But when I crossed the plaza across from our office, I noticed looks...

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Blues in the classroom

With all the hand-wringing and mud-slinging going on over the subject of public education, it’s good to be reminded that there are some teachers doing remarkable things  with limited resources. Here’s an article a young friend of ours wrote about her use of music to aid expression and build language...

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The Password Is “Simplify”

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is not resting on his laurels for coming up with The Black Swan Theory. This week he had a piece in the New York Times that was nothing short of brilliant. Here’s the link: http://www.advisorone.com/2011/11/08/end-banker-bonuses-taleb The idea makes perfect sense: Remove the incentive (a.k.a. monstrous bonuses) for...

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