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Think like a CSO

Think like a CSO

I’m not going to pretend that speaking at the APG’s inaugural ‘Think Like a CSO’ (Chief Strategy Officer) sponsored and hosted by Mintel was anything other than phenomenally intimidating. Of course, I jumped at the chance when the Account Planning Group asked me, I’m a huge fan of the APG and increasingly impressed with their newfound...
How to love presenting as much as sex

How to love presenting as much as sex

I tend to try and channel Eddie Izzard when presenting – find your presentation hero? I love presenting, its one of the greatest aspects of the planner’s job as far as I am concerned – getting up there and letting rip on whatever subject you are required to hold forth upon. But I am aware...
A decade of Moleskines

A decade of Moleskines

The passage in Songlines in which Bruce Chatwin names the Moleskine. Image courtesy of Songlines. The biggest cliché in advertising is not lunching at the Ivy, drinking chilled rose on the Carlton Terrace or doing coke with the intern in the toilets at the Christmas party. The biggest cliché in advertising is the Moleskine notebook....
No more heroes any more

No more heroes any more

  The original Forward thinking motherfucker. I gave a little talk at an APG (Account Planning Group) event recently. It’s a regular series of talks called Noisy Thinking and I shared the bill with Craig Mawdsley, Rachel Hatton, Russell Davies and Malcolm White, a pretty impressive line up in the world of planning. I talked...

TED Global 2010 – Day Three

My last Day in Oxford owing to work commitments – that old problem of prioritising the urgent over the important – and a corker as far as I’m concerned.

TED Global 2010 – Day Two

Not a vintage TED day as far as I am concerned but one or two highlights.

TED Global 2010 – Day One

OK, so here are the people and talks that I think are really worth following up form day one of TED Global. Of course the talks themselves will appear on in the future so get ahead of the curve and check them out now. Its worth remembering that the theme for this year’s TED...
Best of TED - Day Four

Best of TED – Day Four

Manhattan on the 12th September 1609 and today. Image courtesy of Traceybrown914 Last but not least the best from the final morning session.
Best of TED - Day Three

Best of TED – Day Three

Nuclear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility in Hanford, Southeastern Washington State by Taryn Simon Now we are cooking, take a look at these bad boys and girls.
Best of TED - Day Two

Best of TED – Day Two

Support for the acquatic ape theory? Image courtesy of Chweetletchu And here are the afternoon’s highlights.
Best of TED - Day Two

Best of TED – Day Two

Imogen Heap at Sundance 2006. Image courtesy of Eugene This is my personal view of the cream of the crop from the morning session on day two.
Best of TED - Day One

Best of TED – Day One

Image courtesy of Frogdesignmind Adliterate is supposed to be about my ideas and not other people’s. But I have had the priviledge to get to TED global in Oxford and these people’s ideas are better than mine. So I thought I’d share the best of what I have seen. I guess the talks will be...