My Favorites of July: Keeping a Journal, @KuperSimon’s Frenchness & The #Jennergate Analysis

This beautiful image of Paris is taken from Time’s short video about France banning petrol cars by 2040, published on July 6th after our Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot announced the measure. A bold, courageaous and necessary one, even though I am convinced that the market will move there by itself before the end of the next decade. But it sends a strong message, signaling determination. Will we be in the prospective France imagined by The Economist in “The Macron Miracle”? We’ll see. Here are 7 articles I enjoyed this month. I would mostly recommend you the last, which compares two recent ads by Heineken and Pepsi, and explores brands’ motivations & ability to embrace societal issues.

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My Favorites of February: Great Ad From Denmark, Rape and Reconciliation & Design at Aston-Martin

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This ad from Denmark’s TV2 station is really cool

I’ll try to make the future posts less political, and less Trump-focused (because smart blogging is not just bashing, and because I’ll need & want to become more constructive at some point). But resistance is necessary when revolting things happen, and it can’t be toned down, so February still was very much about defending political sanity. You’ll see in the links. Beside that, you’ll also find artificial intelligence playing poker, a beautiful ad from Denmark or a great article about Macedonian teens influencing elections just to buy themselves an BMW.
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My Favorites of January: Artificial Creative Intelligence, NY Times’ Vision & Trolling Trump

Via nytimes.com

Via nytimes.com

What does the New York Times, read daily by Obama and hated by Trump & Bannon, foresee for 2020 ? In one of the articles shared in this month’s list, the NY Times outlines its vision for the years to come, not on a political standpoint but on a business & strategy standpoint. Other articles in this digest include a Japanese agency with a robot in its creative team, a portrait of a very discreet super-rich philanthropist, and a wildly funny video from the Netherlands. Continue reading →

My Favorites in November: French Food, @VanJones68’s Overall Attitude & Fake News

"How did it get to the point where, when you disagree with somebody, you have to be their enemy?" Van Jones

“How did it get to the point where, when you disagree with somebody, you have to be their enemy?” Van Jones (click to watch)

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Pretty much what I thought when hearing the U.S. election results, wondering how a great country can legitimately elect a populist leader like Donald Trump. I still try to make sense of it. But I also try hard not to be patronizing or condescendent, because it’s the voice of the people, and the beauty of democrac is that everyone’s vote has the same value. Still, this result shakes up a lot in my head and heart. Let’s hope for the best, as Obama says in one interview included below.

This month is crumped with articles about the U.S. election, politically more engaged than I used to share, but not only. You’ll also find a great article about Twitter’s data, a funny video about French food and my personal favorite of the month: Van Jones. Life goes on and many other things are worth spending time on, so here’s my monthly selection of links.

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My Favorites in October: LVMH and Cycling, Derek Black’s Story & Donald Trump’s Revolutionaries

Image via Bettmann Archive

Derek Black’s father, 1982 (via Bettmann Archive)

This month again, a bunch of great articles about marketing, management, sports sponsoring or financial innovation. The usual suspects. But, in the wake of the U.S. election, also two long, important articles about U.S. nationalism in the broad sense. The first is a lengthy article about Derek Black, who turned his back to white nationalism as he met co-students from other cultures and beliefs. The second is about the follower crowd of Donald Trump, depicted as a heterogeneous – and sometimes sympathetic – group of people opposing a variety of contemporary realities (from immigration to media) with little alternatives to offer. May these two be as interesting to you as they were to me.
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My Favorites of July: Product Onboarding, Design at GoPro & Bulambuli Valley

bulambuli valley crowdfunding videoTechnically speaking, a chicken is an ancient and highly efficient 3D-printer. That’s one of the fun facts of the “Bulambuli Valley” video to raise funds for Uganda through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

Find this hilarious video and 9 other links, most of which relate to user experience and design management, in the July digest.
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Immigration, Religion, Sex… Some Of My Favorite @Intelligence2 Debates

Image via robertleeming.com (click to read his interesting post about IQ²)

Image via robertleeming.com (click to read his interesting post about IQ²)

I love debate, even when I face stupid or irrational arguments. It’s stimulating your mind, makes you work on your self-discipline, entices you to find smart arguments, and encourages dialog which is healthy for any stable society. Recently I found out about Intelligence Squared, an organization that stages debates held in the traditional Oxford style around the world, and which broadcasts these debates on YouTube. I’ve watched dozens of them, from business to politics, sex or religion. Here are some of my favorite Intellgence² debates, as well as my positions to the motions that are being discussed in them. Continue reading →