Learning from Cotton Panic07.10.17

Manchester International Festival 2017 presents “Cotton Panic,” a story about the connection between the indentured workers of Lancashire’s cotton industry and the slaves of the American South. Music by Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder and performance by Ab Fab’s Jane Horrocks

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Learning from Manchester06.20.17

Manchester is a mad brilliant town. In the film Oasis: Supersonic the phrase is repeated and repeated as an accolade, a joy. To be mad in Manchester is to be a thrill seeker, a risk taker, a joyful prankster, an

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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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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