Learning from Richard Dobbs01.10.17

In a presentation to the fashion industry, sponsored by The Business of Fashion, Richard Dobbs of McKinsey outlined in simple and clear terms the reasons why our global economy feels uncertain, fractious and often slightly bewildering. Mr Dobbs presented themes

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Learning from the power of clothes.10.04.16

You choose your clothes to feel comfortable; emotionally, culturally and physically comfortable. That is the power of clothes. It is the premise of a new global advertising campaign from Uniqlo, it is “the science of LifeWear”. And here is an

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Learning from Uniqlo03.20.16

Our friends at Uniqlo in London just did a really nice store launch featuring this film: It reflects a love of London, Londoners and their city. It was a nice thing for Studioriley to be involved in. It was also

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Learning from Scott Carrier01.26.16

Scott brought us some very insightful first person narrative reporting from Europe when he interviewed refugees entering Greece. He recently visited Studioriley and then headed to Burns to listen to the “lunatics” occupying the land there. His reporting is brilliant,

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Learning from David Bowie01.24.16

Enough has been said, written, reported, figured out and speculated. So this is a small personal note. I learned a lot from David Bowie. I learned that art is for all. I learned that challenging and innovative creative work can

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Learning from Nuri Arunbiarti Moeladi10.12.15

As the earthquake shattered Nepal in April, the region’s photographers scrambled to be there. The role of the photographer is to document, to increase the perspective, to widen the aperture of consciousness, if you like. There is something about a

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Learning from a world in motion06.26.15

Marketing was invented by Americans, refined by Europeans and is now being processed around the world in every culture. Being rooted in the West means being rooted in the philosophic traditions of the West, from Maslow’s reimagining of Judeo-Christian hierarchies

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Learning from The Nepal Picture Library02.23.15

Our history is usually written. The Nepal Picture Library illustrates another way, open to us since the dawn of the photographic age: the visual story. The visual story is becoming ever more interesting as ever more people document their lives and

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Learning from Chobi Mela VIII: Intimacy, Dhaka, Bangladesh02.12.15

Intimacy is an evocative theme, especially when set against a backdrop of surveillance and the problematic context of deciding what is public and what is private. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, this year’s biannual Chobi Mela VIII International Festival of Photography took

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Learning from Boniface Mwangi01.06.15

“Until the lion has its own storytellers the hunter will always be glorified. … you need the people who live in Africa to tell their own stories.” This statement, by Boniface Mwangi, a photographer and naturalist from Kenya, is familiar

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Learning from … 201412.28.14

As we look into the eyes of 2015 we see both excitement and anxiety. The young man in Jakarta, captured by photographer Edy Purnomo, who worked assignments for the studio in 2013 and 2014, looks out at a world that is

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Learning from Sting06.11.14

Managing a brand is about as hard as it gets when you are managing a brand within pop music. Popular culture is, almost by definition, ephemeral. There are lessons to be learned from the masters and, without serious doubt, Sting

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Learning from Telluride Mountainfilm 201406.08.14

A lone vulture circles, catching the uplift in a high valley of Tibet. The monks tend to the corpse and the lone vulture, attracted from afar, seemingly knows that this sky burial is about to take place. Sometimes only a

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Learning from Nordic Light05.17.14

The late Spring light flooding the Fjords elongates time. It spreads days out, dreamily long, encouraging a golden reflection. You can dwell on your latitude, the passage of the earth around the sun, the sun through the cosmos and the

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The agile consumer #204.02.14

It has escaped no marketer’s notice that the consumer is not the same as she once was. There is a new generation of consumers who have been empowered by technology to shift their brand relationship from a mass market consumerism

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The agile consumer #104.02.14

Studioriley has been working with Cheil Worldwide for the last three years to better understand how people are evolving as globalization transforms all lives, and as technology shifts social structures. The focus of the work, led by Chris Chalk at

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Learning from Elise Wagner02.02.14

Learning from artists has been a focus of the studio’s work for years now. It seems to me that by the time the big research companies get round to ripping Flickr to illustrate their latest research project the real stories

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Learning from the new urban centers01.17.14

As we hurtle into 2014 the studio is humming with new work focused on the deep changes in consumer culture worldwide. One aspect of this change is the way we have to reassess our understanding of the geography of consumer

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Learning from a changing world01.02.14

Culture can go through dramatic periods of discontinuous change and we seem to be going through one right now as we enter 2014. Not only are the good people of Colorado lining up to buy legal recreational Cannabis but Uruguay

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Learning from Gigaom Roadmap 201311.06.13

Day One of Gigaom Roadmap 2013 and this thing gets of to a fast start with a deep dive into the future of technology from the perspective experience design and consumer insight. It is a romp and meant to start

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Learning from Corcovado10.26.13

Things have meaning. A statue overlooking Rio has a lot of meaning. Like you, I have seen this image a thousand times, the figure of Christ overlooking and protecting the city of Rio. On this occasion I spent the afternoon

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Learning from BMW10.26.13

I love this film. Is it perfect? No. Is it as good an act of storytelling as it could be? No. But is it a great way to engage you in a motorcycle and appreciate its design, the company that

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Learning from Ami Vitale10.10.13

We had the pleasure of working with Ami Vitale in Tokyo recently. Like many talented creative people she has evolved beyond the craft of her work to the meaning of her work: “Her original desire to take “beautiful pictures” was

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Learning from the The Oxford Praxis Forum’s reading weekend, Avila, Spain, September 201309.22.13

Why do we bother with academics? Why don’t we just rely on our practical experience or our “gut”, our ability to respond to the realities of business? What is the point of a citadel of learning such as Oxford University

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Learning from Singapore09.12.13

The tropical rain pours down from thunderous dark skies onto Singapore. The work on the soon to be run Grand Prix circuit carries on, people huddle beneath umbrellas and the air becomes fragrant, damp and delicious. Singapore is a city

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Learning from India09.08.13

India, they say, is contradiction. It is a cliche that helps us fail to understand Indians. We say things are a “contradiction” when they are not like how we want them to be. Or, in this case, not like us.

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Learning from Steven Johnson09.04.13

Where do ideas come from? This is the title of Steven Johnson’s influential book. His insight is that ideas come from conversations within a network. This is especially valuable when new environments, challenges or adjacent possibilities create the opportunity that

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Learning from Dubai08.29.13

“The heat was hot, and the ground was dry, But the air was full of sound.” – America Dubai, the City of Superlatives, the heat was hot and the sound of commerce filled the air. This is a city state

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Learning from Wang Lei08.03.13

At the studio we are interested in how best to explore the way people are in a world of technology and change. As a supplement to research data we wanted to see perspectives that both inspired and educated. It is

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Learning from Sarah Hart08.03.13

This is a small film we made featuring Sarah Hart of  Alma Chocolate illustrating sophisticated thinking about both branding and social media. PLus the best new word of the year: reliquary.

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Learning from David Byrne07.18.13

This is a wonderful talk from a creative genius. Yes, he IS a creative genius. Not simply because he wrote some of the best music in American popular culture but because he also THINKS creatively. In this talk David Byrne

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Learning from Mountainfilm: Aspiring to health rather than wealth06.13.13

Those of you who know me know that I love Mountainfilm in Telluride. This was, I believe, my fifth year. It was the most popular year ever and completely sold out. This alone is testament to the power of Mountainfilm’s

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learning from Mountainfilm: Maidentrip06.09.13

A 14 year old girl who was born on a boat and now lives with her father, divorced from her mother, on a modest income decides she will be the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe in a sail

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Learning from Mountainfilm: Uranium Drive In06.07.13

Our annual trip to Mountainfilm at Telluride over Memorial Day weekend here in the States was as gratifying as it was disturbing. Gratifying in the sense that once again we found ourselves stripped of the veneer of corporate defensiveness and

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Learning from Instagram05.18.13

There are over a hundred million users of Instagram. Apparently a new user is created every second somewhere in the world. Every day they post three hundred million photographs. By any stretch of the imagination this is a remarkable moment

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Learning from Tokyo05.16.13

I have been traveling to Tokyo since 1993. It is one of my favorite cities in the world. “I’m back to Tokyo tonight to refresh my sense of place, check out the post-Bubble city, professionally resharpen that handy Japanese edge.

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Learning from the Portland craft scene & Alma Chocolate05.15.13

As most of you know the studio is based in Portland, Oregon. Portland has become a mecca for foodies the world over. On our last trip to Tokyo the word was that Japanese chefs are flying to Portland to soak

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Learning from Mario Batali05.04.13

  The famous chef talks to Fast Company about his business as a restauranteur bringing multiple versions of “deliciousness” to people through nineteen restaurants around the world. He is an articulate man and covers all the issues faced by modern

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Learning from Alec Soth04.20.13

Listening to Alec Soth wander through the muses and retrospectives of his work is an inspiration. Last night at Photolucida he gave a rare insight into what makes the creative mind so brilliantly perspective and so able to discover the

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Learning from The Japanese Gardens, Portland, Oregon04.09.13

The Japanese Gardens in Portland is a perfect retreat when you want to indulge in a little contemplation. In Spring the soft rain adds an audio and scented other dimension. Walking slowly through the gardens in Spring is one of

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Learning from David Bowie04.01.13

I have been a fan since “Life on Mars”, so forgive what comes next. The thing is that David Bowie has always had a penchant for marketing and image making. His ability to refresh the Bowie brand is legendary. Sometimes

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Learning from Turner03.01.13

It may seem odd to illustrate the Studioriley blog with a painting from Turner but there is a reason. Turner was a serious innovator in two brilliant ways. Firstly he figured out how to paint the light rather than the

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Beginnings in Dhaka02.01.13

It is the end of the beginning as Chobi Mela VII winds down. I am sitting in the Cafe at the Alliance Francaise de Dhaka where an exhibition of Graciela Iturbide’s magical realism graces the spare gallery space. It is

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Learning from Chobi Mela01.29.13

Dhaka, Bangladesh and we return to Chobi Mela, the biannual international photography festival now in its seventh edition. Dhaka’s noise and pollution slams into us as we emerge from the airport. It is an overwhelming chaos. It takes over three

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Learning from Pew: America in 201201.04.13

The growing power of Asian and Latino Americans and the declining size of the American Middle class, these are a couple of the observations of 2012 made by Pew Research as they sum up The Year in Data.

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Learning from 1972 and Alistair Cook12.19.12

Listening to Alistair Cooke discuss the election of 1972 in the context of the 1960 election is illuminating. He discusses the then swing to the right, the campaign style of Kennedy and the nature and complexity of American Democracy. There

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RIP Ravi Shankar12.13.12

Philip Glass notated Indian Classical music for Ravi Shankar and went on to create a body of American new music that will forever be in debt to the late great musician. The Beatles were intoxicated by his wisdom as well

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Learning from Nate Silver12.02.12

One impact of the US Election is that there is a new focus on quality data. “Fact checking” and “arithmetic” are the new gods of analysis. Given that marketers rely on data so much it is a good conversation. Campaign

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Learning from Gail Small of the Northern Cheyenne11.21.12

Gail Small ILA acceptance speech from Ecotrust on Vimeo. Nation building, Cheyenne style. In the  introduction to Gail Small, Northern Cheyenne, we are reminded of the sovereign nature of Native Lands in North America. In her short, lyrical, speech, the

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Learning from Microsoft10.31.12

While it has its faults, Microsoft’s new device is something new, combining work and play into a single compact package

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Learning from Alistair Cook10.31.12

In 1941 the BBC bgan to broadcast Alistair Cooks Letter from America. He created the job for himself by proposing to the BBC that he report on the everyday life of Americans after the War. He was born in Salford

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Learning from a kid’s school lunch blog10.28.12

I quote from the Amazon review of the forthcoming book on Martha Payne: “Martha Payne is nine years old. She set up a simple blog, “Neverseconds“,  where she reviewed her school lunches and talked about healthy eating for children. She

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Learning from Dale Stephens @ PICNIC 201210.21.12

Education is changing faster than we can imagine and technology has brought about the unbundling of school. Using his own educational journey as inspiration, Dale Stephens, Founder of Uncollege, talks about how institutions can change to embrace their self-directed future.

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Learning from STEM to STEAM10.13.12

STEM is the governments primary focus on education in America. Science, technology, engineering and math. There is something missing in that list though. It is also missing in many businesses and marketing organizations. It is the one ingredient that transforms

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Learning from Nest10.09.12

The studio loves Nest. Tony Fadell contributed to the simplicity, usability and clarity of Apple products and now he brings the same disciplines to home appliances. The first example is the learning thermostat with the perfect proposition: Save energy. Honeywell

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Learning from Analog Africa10.07.12

The roots of so much Western Pop Culture are in Africa. A little input from the Kraftwerk of Germany and a long detour via the plantations of the Southern United States and you get the mix that is Pop. In

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Learning from John Maeda09.30.12

On March 20th, 2000, Time Magazine ran a cover story on the rebirth of design:”function is out”, it read, “Form is in. America is bowled over by style”. Now, apart from the fact that, like many others, Time magazine confused

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Learning from demography09.30.12

Demographers measure three things: Births, deaths and migration. These are factual, quantifiable data that underpin all social science. This data point is one that causes you to stop and think. 3% of the worlds population is, each year, classified as

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Learning from Tim O’Reilly09.27.12

Studioriley researchers were at PICNIC in Amsterdam this September. More intimate than TED and engaged in creating a real difference for the entrepreneurial community, PICNIC focused this year on the notion of collaboration and the creation of real value for

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Fifty years on, the silence of Rachel Carson’s spring consumes us09.25.12

Since the publication of Rachel Carson’s classic work, our assault on the riches of nature has not abated

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Learning from Wade Davis09.25.12

Here is a lecture, from the wonderful Long Now series where Wade Davis explores the human phenomenon, our shared lineage, and how our multiple cultural manifestations aggregate to a single humanity made up of deep, dynamic and relevant knowledge. He

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Learning from Bull Dock, Japan09.24.12

The studio is getting increasingly interested in the evolution of DIY culture to a new non corporate branding culture grounded in artisan values, high quality and passion for products that perform. We saw it first in coffee culture when independent

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Learning from Brian Eno (On Al Jazeera)09.23.12

Mr Eno shares his story with Riz Khan of Al Jazeera. Not only is he a pioneer of modern popular music but a fierce campaigner for cultural freedom. Here he is, also on Al Jazeera, taking the plunge and denouncing

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Learning from Pew Research: Global mood swings09.20.12

The world is realigning as we all know. This research from Pew illustrates the underlying forces driving consumerism as it shifts to a global force mitigated by new values and old disappointments. The West is disillusioned as the euphoria of

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Learning from Sole Rebels09.16.12

The Majority World is full of creativity and here is another example. Founded by Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu in Addis Ababa the company uses highly skilled local artisans to make over eight hundred pairs of shoes a day. Thanks to deals

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Learning from James Victore09.15.12

I worked with James Victore at Starbucks for Robert Wong over three days some years ago. He imprinted me with a respect for and a love of the sheer tenacity and energy of creativity. His ability to cut through the

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The Roper, Lucid

Learning from Lucid09.13.12

The Roper from Lucid Inc. on Vimeo.   Our friends at Lucid are creating a series of stories to explore America. I love these small documentaries. I believe there is a feature in the works. They are an antidote to

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Learning from Kahil Joseph09.06.12

Part of the work we do here at Studioriley is examine the “cultural trade routes” that are weaving together a new Majority World popular culture that emanates from the modern global experience. Our work in South Africa with Moketse Moticoe

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Learning from Motor Rock08.26.12

From Bike EXIF: “As with all Motor Rock bikes, the craftsmanship is exemplary”. Hot on the heels of ALO Audio in an earlier post I thought I would follow the theme that the DIY movement is adding a high craft component.

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Learning from Howard Schultz and Jack Dorsey08.24.12

Starbucks and Square have started the process of creating massive change in the transaction business. Both leaders talk about the social value of their businesses and see unquestionable congruence between their social “responsibility” and business success. This WSJ interview reveals

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Learning from ALO Audio08.22.12

So, you thought that a tall skinny  wet cappuccino was going a little far into the arcane world of possible coffee orders? Try this: “Steve’s Setup: iBasso DX100 using it as a transport and it’s internal SABRE32 dac (ES9018 32Bit DAC

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Learning from Aaron Huey08.18.12

Aaron Huey’s TED talk is one of the most provocative and profound articulations of the situation facing North American native people. He is engaged in the deeper politics and social agenda of The Majority World as young people attempt to

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Learning from Keith Yamashita08.17.12

The master of listening and deep thinking on business and strategy shares his thoughts about leadership in Aukland, New Zealand.

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Learning from Puma08.11.12

The guys at Puma must be feeling pretty good right now. The Observer Magazine ran a nice article about the influence of Jamaica in the world, in music and athletics, pointing out that it is rare for a nation so

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Learning from London08.09.12

London, August 2012, the Olympic City. It is a confluence, a trade route, a cultural mosh pit relieved of English patriotic duty by Danny Boyle. The English have taken their rightful place as part of the global melting pot, an

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Learning from Pew Research: The generation gap in 201208.03.12

The cultural landscape of the United States is complex as this research from Pew indicates. The traditional way of thinking about cultural divides was to align them along the right wing – left wing dichotomy articulated as moral differences. This

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Learning from Bill Moyers. An interview with Chris Hedges on “unfettered capitalism”07.22.12

Bill Moyers uses his website to extend his journalism. Moyers is old school. He has a deep respect for the process of independent journalism and is a fearless proponent of media that holds power accountable. He has one corporate sponsor

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learning from Edward Tufte07.18.12

Wavefields from Edward Tufte on Vimeo. The brilliant Edward Tufte has much to teach us about great use of information and analysis to solve problems (or even simply explain ourselves). The work above is a data visualization that becomes art.

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Learning from Mary Meeker and KPCB06.20.12

Mary Meeker & Co have a good look at internet trends for 2012. The data is nicely organized and has some useful insights beyond the investment world. Of interest to Studioriley are two things: Firstly the rapid emergence of Majority

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Learning from Sierra Leone06.07.12

Fambol Tok is a movie about forgiveness in the most dire circumstances. We saw the documentary at Mountainfilm. It is a truly amazing story and demonstrates the real power of humanity. If these people can solve the problems of post

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Learning from Coolhunting06.06.12

There are a lot of bland scenesters masquerading as trend spotters and cool hunters but only one truly useful original: Coolhunting. The brilliance of Josh Rubin‘s creation is that it has a mission: to help and inspire creative people in

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Learning from James Balog06.05.12

I was recently watching a documentary on Richard Feyman. I was struck (again) by the ferocity of his mind, his self proclaimed “curiosity” and desire for adventure. Feynman explained with a cup of ice the failure of the O rings that led to

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Learning from Navajo Punk06.04.12

“Smoke songs” is a short burst of a documentary on Navajo punk band “Blackfire”. They are punk in their energy, political in their outlook and have a rhythm section as tight as anything in rock. The roots of all popular

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Learning from Edward said06.03.12

  The “clash of civilizations” defines much of how we are led by our media to view the world we live in today. Yet in a majority world view there is a different perspective: that the clash of civilizations is

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Learning from Mountainfilm06.02.12

Every year Mountainfilm anchors the Studioriley calendar and provides much needed stimulus and inspiration. This year was no exception. The towering presence, even as he crouches down, of David Holbrooke, Festival curator is everywhere. He has taken Mountainfilm’s joy of

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Learning from David Whyte: The conversational nature of reality, TEDx Puget Sound05.05.12

David Whyte takes us on a journey into story, its power and the nature of reality. In any business the narrative and the way we engage with it defines its reality. Strategists often want the world to unfold as expected,

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Learning from Jonathan Harris @ PSFK05.04.12

Jonathan Harris developed We feel fine, a method of feeling the the consciousness of the web. In this talk he articulates his current feelings: that the kind of compressed, trivialized and discordant nature of an internet life is already producing

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Learning from the creative process: Clay Shirky @ PSFK05.04.12

Clay Shirky is one of the most articulate presenters on internet culture there is. Here at PSFK he talks about ITP, the school he teaches at, and how the simple aim of trying to do interesting things stimulates wonderful creativity

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Learnings from the long view05.04.12

I read The Art of the Long View in 1991 shortly before meeting Peter Schwartz for the first time. The book introduced me to the discipline of Scenario Planning and Peter introduced me to the power of thinking long term

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Learning from Masada04.11.12

We traveled two thousand years to Masada where we witnessed the dawn over The Dead Sea, the distant mountains of Jordan and the story upon stories of Masada. The Jewish people,The Babylonoians, The Persians, The Romans, The British, The Arabs,

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Windows – Channels for communication04.11.12

  – Windows – Channels for communication.   We visited Windows – Channels for Communication in Tel Aviv recently. Rather like Caldera it is an organization that uses creativity to transform the lives of young people.  When you are working

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6 habits of True Strategic Leaders | LinkedIn04.06.12

Paul J. H. Schoemaker  6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers | LinkedIn. Anticipate Think Critically Interpret Decide Align Learn This is a simple analysis from Paul J. H. Schoemaker  and rang true for me. As I look at the way I have

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Learning from Fukushima Daiichi03.17.12

Our friend Alex Chadwick is a legendary producer and journalist from Public Radio. Recently he has turned his keen insight on the energy industry and begun a deep and broad investigation. His work helps us learn about a subject that

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Learning from TEDx Austin03.10.12

The TEDx Austin experience is now online. Here is a list of the speakers linked to their videos. Make sure you watch Ellie Audet and her clear articulation of the creative process. David R. Dow Jeff Lofton Chris Riley Todd

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Learning from tradition in Mongolia and beyond03.10.12

In Mongolia the Shamen channel the spirit of the wolf or the bear, other wildlife and abundance around them. By doing so they ground people in the traditions of the past and help them engage in the experiences of the

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Latin American fertility Rates

Learning from Brazilian fertility trends03.10.12

In Brazil things are getting better. In research work we have done here at the studio we observed that in contrast to the USA and Europe the mood in Brazil was pretty upbeat. It is important to remember that everything

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Learning from The Antarctic: The causes of climate change & conspicuous conservation02.22.12

The ice in the Weddle Sea is melting. It has always melted. It comes and goes. Time lapse photographs from space reveal The Antarctic as a huge white pumping heart, expanding and contracting with the seasons. As well as the annual

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Standards Vol.1: Keith Jarrett02.20.12

Amazon.com: Standards Vol.1: Keith Jarrett: MP3 Downloads. One dark and damp night, last March, after the big quake, we were in Shirosawa, Tokyo at Lady Janes. There were five or six of us. Local friends and the four of us

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Learning from William Gibson: Distrust that particular flavor02.20.12

William Gibson gave us cyberspace, Neuromancer, Pattern Recognition and clarity of insight into the contemporary narrative that features brand details, alienation and service business dystopia. In short, he reflects back at us the things we do. Especially if we are

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Learning from Dhaka: A communal era?02.15.12

We live in many worlds. Our inner worlds are rich and mystical, relating sometimes only barely to our outer worlds, the worlds inhabited by our friends, our community, societies, families and the broader diaspora of our ethnic connections. All these

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Learning from Jim Stengel and P&G02.15.12

I have just picked up Jim Stengel’s book “Grow”. It is an insightful read and a welcome look into the mind of massive marketer P&G. You can learn more at his website here. The congruence between Jim’s conclusions, as an analytic

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Antarctic Peninsula

Abundance and Scarcity: Our Antarctic Journey02.09.12

In the museum at Grytviken is a photograph of a single flenser with a knife nearly twice his height, a man who flensed six thousand whales. Grytviken was one of seven whaling stations in South Georgia, a stop on our journey across

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deerstones

A world of many stories02.09.12

The technology of media is changing the way we share our stories. We no longer live in a Western Economy that is globalizing, bringing with it a singular televised narrative. We live in a multi-cultural global economy, a world of

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