India is truly amazing – a land of ideas, energy, action and inspiration.
Food waste bugs me. Food producers spend millions getting food to ‘look’ just right, often sacrificing flavour and nutrition in the process. Processing food for convenience consumes vast quantities of water and other scarce natural resources. In addition, our lack of understanding of where food really comes from and willingness to purchase food that ‘looks right’ helps create mountains of food waste and perpetuate an unhealthy diet. (more…)
Quite aside from marketing and communications, I am also a voluntary board member of various socially active organisations. As part of these activities I’ve seen at first hand how poverty affects people, but also how people react to negative situations and create positive outcomes for themselves. (more…)
Binna Kandola is Senior Partner and co-founder of Pearn Kandola. His areas of expertise are diversity and inclusion, equal opportunities, assessment and development. He is particularly interested in understanding bias and finding ways to reduce it through effective leadership.
In the video and presentation below, Binna Kandola cogently explains how leaders need to examine issues like bias, stereotyping, group think, how we attend to information which confirms stereotypes, how and why some workplace interventions might enforce unconscious bias and how valuing ‘difference’ can maintain stereotypes.
If I put to you this riddle, what would your answer be?
A father and his son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly, and the son is taken to the nearest hospital. The doctor comes in and exlaims “I can’t operate on this boy.”
“Why not?” the nurse asks.
“Because he’s my son,” the doctor responds.
How is this possible?
Ultimately Kandola presents a challenge to engrained leadership practice, putting forward a new way of leading. It’s fascinating stuff. As marketers, leaders and as human beings, we are evolving. There is still much to do. Watch and learn.
J. S. Bach’s Passions provide an evocative sonic representation of the human suffering experienced by Jesus Christ. Here in ‘Erbarme Dich’ (Have Mercy) with Sarband’s accompaniment, Fadia el-Hage reprises Bach’s arias as healing songs which bridge conflicts and differences between worlds, between faiths, between believers and non-believers and between modernists and traditionalists.
It’s incredibly moving.
Brand messages so often perpetuate stereotypes, usually gender based ones. Think of the soft-focus brand imagery where a mother’s lot is to nurture her angelic children while hubby does the ‘real’ stuff or the way that standards of ‘beauty’ consistently serve to undermine women’s perception of themselves and the way they look and behave.
Pantene Philippines have waded into the debate strongly. Their commercial was created to show how society labels women. Very interesting – a great example of how some brands are really connecting with consumers. The use of a female vocalist poignantly covering a well known song gives it an immediate emotional impact, making for a damning commentary on the way our society uses labels to denigrate.
This GIF is inspirational in the simple way that it demonstrates why public transport is better for the environment, and also for us as human beings undertaking a daily commute. (more…)
Consumers are increasingly turning to brands without heritage or history. Why? For ‘heritage’ and ‘history’, read ‘tired’ and ‘tainted’ as brands are exposed for unsavoury business practice, avarice, tax avoidance and a host of other failings in consumers’ eyes. (more…)
Earlier this year this wonderful response to Abercrombie & Fitch’s ‘brand’ police was issued by the gang at #Fitchthehomeless. As per my earlier post, it challenges the rather nasty assumptions at the heart of some brand marketing.