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Findings from the Fringe
Account Planning Group Event Recap Are cultural trends born on the fringes of society? Do "Fringers" hold the secret to future shifts in mainstream values? What does mainstream actually MEAN, anyway? These questions and more were batted around the beautiful...

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Findings from the Fringe
Account Planning Group Event Recap Are cultural trends born on the fringes of society? Do "Fringers" hold the secret to future shifts in mainstream values? What does mainstream actually MEAN, anyway? These questions and more were batted around the beautiful...

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Hygge for the Holidays
Bunkering down with the philosophy of coziness I type this as I nurse a piping hot cup of coffee, just the right amount of sweetness, my hand wrapped around a warm ceramic mug, the strings from Canon in D Major slowly putting me to... Yep. I'm feeling very ...

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What I learned at Walmart
How a month in the big box rolled me right back The 'beep-bing' of the cash registers. The gleam of the polished floors, reflecting harsh fluorescent lighting from above. The blue-vested greeters, welcoming shopping carts packed full of squealing, angry kid...

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Brand Masters #2: Donald Cooper
On owning customers for life... yes, life! He ran an iconic Canadian sporting goods company (Cooper). Then he sold it and founded another company, reinventing himself as an award-winning retailer (Alive & Well). Now the man, the legend — Donald Cooper — is ...

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Brand Masters #1: Greg Taylor
3 Tips from Crafting the Steam Whistle Brand If big brewers are the evil Empire, how has a rapidly-growing craft brewery managed to keep its scrappy, upstart Rebel Alliance brand ? Use the Force, Luke! At the Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference and Trade Show,...

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7 Keys to a Killer Presentation
...even the Undead will be awed and amazed! Do your presentations turn your audience into the sitting dead ? Do you see lots of glazed-over eyes, drooling lips, and inexplicable calls for "brains... more brains!" Sorry to say. It's not them — it's YOU. You ...

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Please, close your eyes...
The New Culture of Slowness You're busy. I know. Well guess what: I'm busy, too! We're all busy — too busy to live in the moment, too busy to consider anything other than what's now, what's next, and how to get there as quickly as humanly possible. That's w...

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Wake up your creativity!
A morning of creativity and inspiration at CSI Annex What do coffee, TED Talks, and Honest Ed's have in common? Creative Mornings, of course! Imagine an early-morning meeting you'd actually want to go to: good food (pineapples, grapes, whole-wheat croissant...

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Jay's Corner #1: New Mad Max
Does Max get mad enough for Mr. Jay Rao? Welcome to the first edition of Jay's Corner , where my good friend, critique partner, and filmmaker Jay Rao gets to (somehow!) invade this blog and share his own reviews and insights on films — all the way from Viet...
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