Moonshot management: because you think, you can

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade. Not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.” A famous quote of President John F. Kennedy that kickstarted the run on the moon for the American nation.  When he launched this ballsy statement, the Space program was barely able to get a small dog or …

The Power Of Liquid: forget touch points; be the Sea, not the Rock

Liquid. It’s all about Liquid here @canneslions.. Throughout the different presentations, sessions and seminars, the small talk on the sunny terraces on La Croisette and the wise tweets of ninja’s, gurus, rainmakers and specialists one thing stands out: Liquid is the new black. The red line is clear, and everywhere… here is a summary: Liquid …

Dear @CNN: Where is Cannes? Where??

Ah… the old continent. You know, where I, and 731 million other tweeps are living. Basically, people dwelled over the European tundra’s as early as 1,9 million BC. Our first cities appeared thousands of years ago. We have been bashing each other’s skulls in for eons, before settling comfortably within our borders. France for instance, …

Darwin says it’s easy: Morph… or die

It was intriguing to see how the various agencies fought for attention at #canneslions this year. And… it was not about the number of golden or silver lions they could conquer… the real battle was elsewhere… and way deeper.  The real battle was on who could convince clients and prospects to be the ideal partner …

Dear Dennis: No Badges, No love…

I admit it, I’m a Foursquare junkie. I like to put places on the map, I upload pictures and tips like crazy… you can follow my every move on Foursquare’s map, and I collect mayorships and… badges.  Dear Dennis, I’ve never been this high on badges since my young boy scout days. And, now that …

Patti Smith: truth and ghosts from the past

I sat through all the sessions in the Palais in #canneslions. Some sessions were boring, uninspired,  over the top, could be predicted. Others were great, entertaining, educative, challenging. But true inspiration sparked when people from outside the industry were given time. Robert Redford: fabulous. And… Patti Smith. She’s 64, and looks like she rock’n’rolled every …

Hi I am Napoleon…

The power of social media, it amazes me every day. It brings back power to the people, literally. It brings down barriers, it makes people more brave, it gives people a voice. Meet Napoleon, Greek, and a big fan of Arianna Huffington. Hearing that his goddess was in Athens, he decided to give it a …

Cannes at the brink of civil war

Cannes. This is a plush city on the French Riviera. A city under siege. At thebrink of civil war. See, historically the city belonged in June to the big ad- and marketing agencies, coming together to celebrate their amazing work with their clients at a big festival: #canneslions. This is their city. They own it. …

A gift from Arianna: The Pillars for a better Internet

I love to meet Arianna Huffington. For a lady who made it in a couple of years to one of the absolute queens of online content, she stayed very much the Greek girl she initially started from.  Giving a wide population the platform to share highly localized content, she took her Huffington Post to one …

Golden bullets from the Sundance Kid

Thousands of top notch creative people in Cannes. The crème de la crème of the advertising, public relations and communications industry. Sessions on nice podia, given by the world’s most confident client facing people. A delight to attend this #canneslions thing, and watch. But still, this year it seems to be about content. The power …