Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed The Week

9th May 2015

1) Are you over 33? A new study shows that you have stopped listening to new music.

2) The Future of Marketing. A very stimulating report from The Economist Intelligence Unit – featuring Seth Godin, John Hagel and Marc Matthieu among others.

3) What Hollywood can teach us about the World of Work –Project rather than Business focused. ‘A project is identified; a team is assembled; it works together for precisely as long as is needed to complete the task; then the team disbands’.

4) What is Luxury ? A recently opened exhibition at the V&A provides an interesting and fresh perspective. This particular quote relates to the World Of Travel – ‘Luxury is best defined not by the presence of positives, but by the absence of negatives. People travel first class on planes not for “free” champagne, but for peace and quiet. Thus, counter-culture hero Henry David Thoreau had his greatest thoughts while living alone in a cabin in the forest. If luxury is to do with privilege, then, in a busy, crowded world, real privilege is to indulge in silence, cleanliness, appropriateness, tact and good manners’.

5) Are you planning to go to the What is Luxury Hay Festival? We have teamed up with the fabulous people at @street_wisdom to run a Street Wisdom Adventure. It is at 2pm on the 27th May and you can sign up for free here.

6) How Starcom trained 1,200 employees to speak programmatic. ‘The big problem with programmatic is that everyone needs a common understanding of the language’.

7) The Science of why you should spend money on Experiences and not Things.

‘Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods,’ … ‘You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences’.

8) Google and Facebook – The Publishing Giants of The Future.

‘The growing pact between large publishers of news and large platforms for social media is an alliance born out of desperation on the part of publishers and opportunity on the part of technology companies. Ultimately, there is little doubt that the largest news and information companies in the world will be formed out of a hybrid of these current entities’.

9) Makes sense. How a quick glimpse of nature can make you more productive.

10) From The Backyard Scientist – What you get when you pour molten aluminium into a watermelon. You’ve always wanted to know.