Monday, July 11, 2005

A reason for peace.

I wrote an article, published in the New Zealand Herald , about the value of reason in advertising. The news from England demonstrates, again, that the very reasonable expectation we co-exist and value tolerance over violence and hate is harder to come by that one might expect. Even here in remote, pacific New Zealand the backlash against the muslim community is disappointing.

Perhaps I am an idealist (and I hope I always will be) but I still hope that reason can prevail. Acts of terror do nothing to positively affect perceptions. The west also needs to take responsiblity for its behaviour.

I'm no analyst but I wonder if reducing demand for oil products would defuse the molotov cocktail the Middle East seems to be. That way we can leave them to it and get on with our own ways of life and enjoy the differences instead of hating them.

Just an idea....whaddyareckon?

Monday, July 04, 2005

The Empire Strikes Back

Big week ahead.

I have agreed to spend half my time working for BrandWorld, the company I formed in 1996, at which I created the hugely successful Family Health Diary format. I kind of made myself redundant when the FHD property took over the focus of the business like khudzu. Given that I focus on concept, prototype and initial implementation and that the product is something of a template there wasn't much productive work to be done. All of our energy and resources were directed to selling and producing the TV and magazine properties. I sold my stake in 2000. I've come back now that there are more resources and much bigger set of goals to achieve. SInce I left I have remained in touch with the company, developing other properties like Eating Well and IN2IT as a consultant- with many more in the pipeline.

I have also agreed to lecture at Massey University in the design faculty. I'll be covering marketing communications design and design research. I'm looking forward to working with students and hope to bring the topics alive for them (and me in the process).

I have been working with Vincent Heeringa and Martin Bell of HB Media (and formerly of the successful business magazine Unlimited) to develop and launch a magazine and media brand that I am hoping will connect with the Intellectual Capital community - people who think for a living and create wealth. I was reading some treasury papers that utterly clicked with my thoughts in this area about the importance of geting ideas realised that will make a difference on the the world stage.

And then, there are my pet projects Personal Best - an online resource for men and WellSpring, both in various stages of development.

I'm also signed on to learn how to be a creative coach through a network in the States formed by the author and specialist creative catalyst Eric Maisel.

Busy times. But I have bought a bike and intent to balance my work with some activity. I know you're all worried that all work and no play makes David a dull blogger.