John Hardy’s Sustainable Advertising

John Hardy is not your typical captain of industry. In 1997, when Hardy acquired the land in Nusa Penida (near Bali) for his rapidly expanding business, it was still rice fields. Hardy was concerned about converting food-producing land, so the design studio is also an organic farm, complete with livestock—cows, goats, poultry, rabbits—and fish ponds. […]

The iFix Is In

Subversives working for the larger good make me happy. Therefore, I’m happy to learn that a mere week after the launch of Apple’s iPhone, hackers are busy “fixing” its flaws. According to The Wall Street Journal (paid sub. req.), the most popular hack so far is targeted at the requirement that all iPhone users sign […]

Social Media Rumblings

Social media consultant Brian Oberkirch is not fond of TechCrunch’s oversimplified Kevin v. Evan post. And Oberkirch didn’t like Kent Newsome’s post on the 5 stages of blogging much better. So what does Oberkirch like? I actually think the ‘King of the Mountain’ approach to tracking startups is disrespectful to the idea of entrepreneurship. Like […]

Don’t Assume

Catherine Remoussenard, senior professor in human resources and change management at the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, France debunks some myths about organizational change. Don’t assume that organizations are naturally dynamic. Organizations reflect the people who constitute them — as a whole they are inclined to inertia. In part this reflects the fragmented nature […]

A SlideShare Find

Slide by Black Belt Jones According to Wikipedia, throughout his life Buckminster Fuller was concerned with the question “Does humanity have a chance to survive lastingly and successfully on planet Earth, and if so, how?” Considering himself an average individual without special monetary means or academic degree, he chose to devote his life to this […]

In Valley Speak, “Collaborate” Is The Word

Steve Rubel rubbed elbows with technology and media elites in Silicon Valley last week. Here’s one of his take aways: Silicon Valley must break bread with the media-industrial complex. The challenge is there is a vast chasm in the culture and ethos between the two sides. Tech and Internet companies develop their products in the […]

Sunday Sermon: Towards A Sustainable Communications Practice

I’ve learned some things in my ten plus years working in advertising. Perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned is that I’m ill suited for this business. Simply put, I have the wrong temperament. I lack all patience for the daily compromises that must be made. That’s what this business is, like politics, one compromise […]

Interesting Factoid

A study by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor showed that the United States was unusual among developed countries in having a higher business start-up rate among its 18- to 24-year-olds than its 35- to 44-year-olds. [via The New York Times]