Archives for category: identity

Fascinating investigation of how our perception of time organizes the world and enables us to understand ourselves.

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

Starbucks conceived the strategic concept of “The Third Place” in its early corporate development to describe its brand proposition. In this formulation Starbucks would assert itself into the fabric of daily life not simply as a food and beverage retailer but as a destination where people could satisfy their needs as well as pursue their interests and passions in a comfortable public environment (with free wifi).

It was an updated version of the coffeehouse model that established a third place (after home and workplace) where retail transactions and human experience, connection and interaction could thrive and become the brand’s identity.

How do we visually represent being human in an essential image?

Wikipedia’s attempt:

Social media is wrestling with a scam and sham problem.

Intrinsic to the integrity of all media is truth and trust: that who and what is presented and conveyed is real and honest. Agendas and objectives are inevitable but so too must be principle and honor.

Luxury is having what you want, how and when you want it.

It involves exclusiveness and status, distinctiveness and differentiation. Luxury denotes essential quality and limited access. Once defined by scarcity luxury’s expressions have evolved in our time of abundance.

Regardless of the adjectives and adverbs used to describe luxury over time, its intrinsic value is precise and unambiguous, discreet and exceptional.

Luxury is always about singular and extraordinary experience in the moment.

Millennials are making it luxe to be more ethical and environmentally aware

Every generation is different until they turn out to be similar. Like families, they are happy and unhappy in their own way, rebelling against what comes before and what is now, until their brief time on earth gathers seniority and becomes their own, and they embrace it in their own special way.

In a political season that rages against a backdrop of transformational social, economic and technological change, there’s a palpable sense of anxiety and decline that is affecting the body politic.

Hostility towards elites, anger about social inequality and racial oppression, growing nativism, and economic displacement caused by globalization and technological innovation, are driving public discourse and propelling politics in unprecedented directions.

A couple of recent accounts of social disenfranchisement offer some rationale for where we find ourselves today as a people and society. Understanding where we’ve come from and where we find ourselves now, so that we may better anticipate and influence where we’re going, seems critically important in challenging times.

The period of 1960-1970 is receding into history but still animates social and cultural behaviors and values in the present, As time passes increasingly the decade assumes sepia hues and is fading into the fragile, evanescent vaults of personal memory.

The decade’s hallmarks of political radicalism, fervent social change, artistic revolution, and individual freedom and liberation, continue to exert powerful influence and attraction in the present, drawing inspiration from its utopianism and wildly optimistic belief in the possibility of a better world.

The decade is now the subject of academic analysis, commercial appropriation and nostalgia. A host of scholars and seekers mine its archives for meaning and inspiration, and measure its impact, influence and presence. The period is now commonly understood as a cultural revolution during which new vocabularies of fine art, music and media were explored, and new energy and perspectives were injected into the arts and politics, reinventing expression, reshaping social values and political priorities, and transforming individual and collective identity.

Naive, narcissistic and fleeting, nevertheless, the decade recast how we see and interpret the world.

The new year is an auspicious time to revisit the importance of design thinking in business and culture.

The unlimited space and volume that is the Internet has not only provided vast resources of information and knowledge to our fingertips but also the capability to investigate “knowing” as a way to cultivate emotional intelligence and nurture a better understanding of behavior and ourselves.