“Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.”
Happy Leap Day!
Before the second day of TED2012 kicks off.. A word about Day 1 of the Conference, which this year is themed around “Full Spectrum” (whatever they mean by it).. I am anxiously following Guardian’s Live Blog as a substitute for being there in person. They give a good detailed account, which is further deepened by reading the TED blog (before they finally release the actual videos..).
The most interesting talks from Day 1:
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I am excited to kick off Friday’s Fresh Meat after a short hiatus..
Yesterday we travelled to Oxford University to follow a dialogue between Prof Richard Dawkins and The Archbishop of Canterbury which was quite interesting. At times the conversation actually become a dialogue, as promised, instead of the speakers simply pushing their own messages. The event on “The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin” was structured around four main topics; “The origin of human beings”, “The origin of the human species”, “The origin of life” and “The origin of the universe”. Because of this the 1.5h did not feel even nearly long enough, and many times the speakers had to move on to a different theme as soon as the conversation got interesting. The Archbishop did well I thought, injecting some surprising humour into his addresses; when Dawkins stated that the Pope took a more literal interpretation to the origin of the human species, The Archbishop said “I’ll ask him sometime”, again causing laughter. Dawkins’ statement and self definition as a 6.9 agnostic (on a scale of 1-7) caused stir in the audience, and now in the press. All and all they were quite diplomatic, and I wish they had conversed for longer, even if many of the philosophy and physics terms and concepts were sometimes completely over my head. The Telegraph reported on the dialogue today with the headline: “Richard Dawkins: “I can’t be sure God does not exist” .
Intel was a hot topic last year following their appointment of Will.i.am as Creative Director and their much discussed Facebook app Museum of Me. Intel’s most recent campaing for Ultrabook is likely to keep dividing opinions.. Continue Reading →
Festival season may seem like far away (oh those dreamy summer nights..) but tickets are already selling fast! I am desperately trying to decide between Lovebox, EXIT in Serbia and Flow festival in Finland.. Or maybe go somewhere totally new!? With the 54th Grammy’s last weekend (and Adele swooping six awards!), Whitney Houston passing away and YouTube’s first music focused campaign release – music is clearly on my mind. Continue Reading →
The British family is alive and kicking, but it comes as no surprise that families are experiencing hard times. In 2012 family ties will get increasingly stronger as British families fight the economic downturn – in times like these we are willing to cut down on everything else, but not on what the family needs. We face it together.
Happy Monday everyone!
In case you missed the launch of our Saatchi&Saatchi Summer Scholarship 2012 Brief 1 and launch stunt #runawaybanker last Thursday.. Here is a little taste! Runaway banker quit his boring job in banking for a new fun life in advertising; he literally drove his desk out of Canary Wharf through London to Saatchis. His bold and life-changing journey couldn’t have come at a better time right after Goldman Sachs announced their bonuses, substantially smaller this year.. Runaway banker was also featured in Thursday’s Evening Standard!