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farisyakob
New York
Interests: internet. brands. girls. raving. technology = happy things.
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Talking CX: Episode 1 - Faris Yakob from The Works I spent a lovely day with some nice people from The Works, an agency in Sydney, discussing the concept of Customer Experience, as an emerging field, discipline, set of principles... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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I've been listening to Steven Johnson's excellent Wonderland podcast. [Shout out to the Storythings crew and our dear friend Kristen Taylor who produced it [we miss you Kthread!] It's a companion / prequel series to his new book Wonderland: How... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
zoom in on the syrup pic.twitter.com/omR... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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Because the universe speaks to us through coincidence, or because of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon [also known as the frequency illusion] - whichever you prefer - I had a few Squishy encounters of late. I just read DFW's brilliant, remarkably disturbing,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a fantastic film and was one of the first times I remember feeling oddly drawn to the female character Jessica. Part of that was my age but part of it was the incredible job the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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In 1979 the legendary French comic book artist Moebius did the conceptual art for Ridley Scott's sci-fi masterpiece Alien. Some things of course weren't used for the film, like the illustration of an orange spacesuit above left. In 2015, three... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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Every time you think something is completely knew, you should remember that nothing is. From DDB's website: N.M. Ohrbach knew Bill Bernbach when Ohrbach's was a client at Grey Advertising. Mr. Ohrbach, who was not happy with Grey, suggested that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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I don't watch horror movies. I don't like them, I don't enjoy being scared. Things get stuck in my head and I'd rather have nice things in there. So I also wouldn't listen to a horror podcast. However, I found... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
We love collaborating with nice agencies on cool projects. This is a piece featuring me talking about data we worked on with a lovely agency and production company in South Africa thanks to the awesome Amy who got us involved.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
People keep asking us about our travels - so we had an idea. Presenting Episode One of our new Podcard series. "Wherever you go, there you are" A Podcard from Mumbai. Hope you enjoy it! Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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I wrote what appears to be a a year in review essay but is in fact my attempt to explore how toxic nostalgia culture built the foundations for 2016 by hooking society on the Golden Age fallacy. It's over on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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We just wrapped the second phase of a content project we've been working on for BOX.COM on the Future of Work. As part of it, Rosie and I [and other contributors] have written pieces over on their Blueprint publication, several... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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Back in the mid 2000s a lot of planners starting blogging and meeting each other online, mostly inspired by Russell Davies' pioneering blog. It was an exciting time, as the community found itself, started talking, trying to imagine a future,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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Public speaking for agencies, conferences, corporate events (and all sorts of things where the organizer would like their audience not to be bored) is not just a significant part of our business, but one of our favorite types of work... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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[This is a handmade piece you can buy on Etsy for 10 bucks, hopefully they think of this as an ad] Years ago the International Journal of Advertising asked me to write a column called Ex Libris about books that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
GENIUS/STEALS presents Beyond Boring Briefs (Teaser) from rosie yakob The webinar was a hit! We had more than 1500 sign up and the software hit maximum capacity. We've had a lot of requests for the deck. [Reminder - this deck... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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My mate Julia Roy has a new podcast series called How We Work Now in which we she interviews people about working in new ways and now they get things done. The first series is interviewing writers and she kindly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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I'm giving the closing keynote at the Social Fresh Conference in Orlando - you should come if you do social stuff - ticket sales close August 12th. If you are coming, come say hello - I'm on right before the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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[from an art curation blog where it was posted without attribution] I'm judging the New Category at the London International Awards this year. It's always the hardest thing to judge, as everyone who has been on the jury says, for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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The lovely people at WARC have asked me to do another webinar and we hatched the idea to do one on briefs. At Genius Steals, one of the workshops we do is called Briefs Against Humanity, because so many briefs... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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We recently published our Genius Steals annual report open letter to everyone over on Medium, because that's the place where you do those things. It covers a lot of things we've thought about this year. About how having an exit... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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Campaign asked me to write a piece about the future for a technology supplement. They didn't say how far.... Cybernetics: the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things’. Faris Yakob imagines a world where... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
Last year I was invited to give the President's Lecture for the Berlin School Of Creative Leadership, which I was pretty stoked about because I was following in the footsteps of luminaries including David Droga, Jean Marie Dru, Cindy Gallup,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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Earlier this month I did a webinar for the lovely people at the World Advertising Research Council about attention, rounding out a half year of touring my book Paid Attention, which has seen the talk I give evolve considerably, as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2015 at Talent imitates, genius steals
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This is a special edition of Ex Libris since it mostly features books we love from friends of ours. [Previous editions featuring lots of books I think you should read are here, here and here] They were all featured in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Talent imitates, genius steals