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How Neruda let me be innovative

24 Jun

Last week I went to see a movie and there weren’t any super heroes in it.

Wait a second … there was a super hero but he didn’t have tights, a mask and a logo emblazoned on his muscular chest. No. This super hero was a middle aged, portly man with thinning hair. His super powers weren’t your usual mix but instead consisted of words and phrases and phrasing. The hero was a poet. The movie was Neruda. 

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It was a beautiful film but not easy to follow. It was a portrait of a poet and a politician from Chile set in the 1950’s and it was a crime drama. Neruda was a member of the Communist Party (along with Pablo Picasso) who idealised communism as an ideal and an antidote to fascism. Of course these intellectuals were to be proved wrong when the walls went up but at the time it was about equality for all. When the government decreed that Neruda was to be arrested, he begrudgingly fled. The crime drama was the chase by a young detective who had his own back story.

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Neruda performed his poems throughout the movie and that’s what opened the gates for me. During the movie, (which was subtitled), I listened to and read the words and i felt free. A lot of the poems were about love.

Neruda was romantic and seductive.

I’ve never been a great reader of poetry and to be honest it baffles me.

I just know that the words sometimes clash and when they do there’s a spark of freedom. Freedom opens the mind and can lead to innovative thoughts.

When was the last time you felt free?

Masters of strategy Part 1

4 Jan

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Happy 2014 … a year of strategic thinking?

I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with a master of creative strategy, David Barnes who’s background in advertising is the stuff of legends.

David can draw and design and write and produce and … well you get my drift.

But via his business, Currency Ideas, he’s a thinker first and foremost.

His brand process takes clients on a journey of self discovery, because often we really don’t think about who we are and what we do best and better than anyone else.

Which is the whole point of living (and working) I guess.

To do things well.

David looks for reasons before developing logos/identities/websites/ads …

Reasons being objectives

A brand is a valuable asset after all.

being creative is strategic.