Tag Archives: ideas

Shopping for ideas in 2015

When people ask me what I want for the holidays, I have a simple request: a fresh idea. Something that sparks my imagination and makes my brain ache when I try to understand it. You can’t believe how hard those … Continue reading

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In praise of bad ideas, not bad judgment

We’ve all heard the expression: there are no bad ideas. And you know something? That is just. not. true. There are some awful ideas out there. Real stinkers. But many times absolutely ridiculous-sounding, bottom of the barrel sludge can become … Continue reading

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Content marketing: how to unlock creative ideas

After I graduated from university my first real job was playing the role of junior copywriter at Canada’s largest ad agency. I had an office, clients – even a secretary to type memos and schedule appointments. I was in the company … Continue reading

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The mainstreamification of social media and where we can go from here

I don’t know if you caught the most recent Mad Men episode (and if you didn’t, this isn’t a plot spoiler), but for a show about the ad biz,  it ended with Peggy typing and saying the words, ‘for immediate release’. … Continue reading

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PRSA International Conference – Twitter notes

I tweet a lot at conferences (no kidding!) to share content that stands out for me.  And a few years ago I noticed my Twitter stream was becoming a virtual notebook from events. Last week I was fortunate to attend the … Continue reading

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Degrees of MESH: the conference as education

MESH conference in Toronto is all about ideas. Big ideas about social networks –  where we are and where we're heading. Questions too. The organizers present some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators who, over two days, share insights … Continue reading

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Do we take too much for granted?

Today is election day in Canada and an opportunity for us to exercise a basic democratic right. And regardless of what we may think of our leaders or the number of times we’ve visited polling stations in recent years, it’s … Continue reading

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What’s a book publisher to do?

I read about the bankruptcy of H.B. Fenn and Company, a venerable Canadian distributor and publisher, with a good deal of disappointment.  I love books and used to work in the industry and can’t help but feel saddened by the … Continue reading

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Ghosts of blogging future

On Inside PR #2.17, Gini Dietrich and I talked about ghost blogging, a subject that has been haunting the blogosphere for a long time.  Much has been written about the ethics surrounding it. It’s a debate about authorship and authority. If your … Continue reading

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Is speed slowing down original thought?

I was recently thinking about some of the great 20th century authors and the volumes they created using a typewriter to bang out their prose (or maybe a pen…). Starting with a finite blank page, typing, x-ing things out, reading … Continue reading

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