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 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 … 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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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