Ten Stories We’ve Enjoyed This Week

18th April 2019

Such a terribly sad event on the Ile de Paris this week; but could Assassin’s Creed save Notre Dame?

‘Think about the companies like Uber and Airbnb that have burst through into public consciousness in the past ten years. While many of them depend on the internet, their success is not down to any particular technological innovation of their own design. Instead, their secret lies in their business model.’ Conscious Decoupling – a new book explains how managers are challenged by changing customer behaviour.

From Conde Nast Traveller. Are psychedelics the future of travel?

Here is the Planning Dirty 2018 Brand Actions Library. The collection includes 200+ innovative advertising examples from across last year. HT @juliancole.

From Rolling Stone. The Red Bull Music Academy, and Radio is to shut down after 21-year run. A release said – ‘Red Bull will be moving away from a strongly centralised approach, will gradually phase out the existing structure and will implement a new setup which empowers existing Red Bull country teams and utilises local expertise.

From The New Yorker. What’s New About Conspiracy Theories? Outsiders have always had a weakness for paranoid fantasies. Now our leaders do as well…..

An artist reimagines David Bowie songs as old pulp fiction book covers.

Pornhub Cares, the philanthropic division of the adult video streaming site, has launched its “Beesexual” campaign (by the way, this link is #SFW). ‘Highlighting the fertilisation prowess of an airborne army of pollinators, the campaign connects the importance of bees to the reproduction strategy of plant life and which has co-evolved with the insects.’ The campaign includes the creation of a new channel full of “bee porn” — videos of foraging bees that include voiceovers by adult entertainment stars.

Perhaps, one of the funniest, cleverest soccer goals seen in a long time? No Touching!

Strictly Living Room:  a ‘breathtakingly horrific’ Sydney real estate ad goes viral. ‘It was supposed to be funny,’ says the agent behind the property listing, which was trending in Australia on Wednesday.