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Jan 12, 2021

The Company(ies) We Keep

By Andrea Bullard It’s been said that every human being is a composite of the five people with whom they spend the most time. By virtue of association, the person […]

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Sep 25, 2020

The Strength in an Aspirational Brand

Throwing Weight Behind the Right Brand Message By Hannah Landers “Make yourself a gift to the world.” This is the message that fitness brand Equinox chose to broadcast to its […]

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Aug 24, 2020

Take ‘Em to the Promised Land

Brands can imbue pragmatic products with intrigue through storytelling that illustrates the worlds those products make possible. By Andrea Bullard On any given day, about a million Appen employees from around the […]

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Jul 19, 2020

Press Pause Before You Join the Cause

Brands that desire to engage with social causes must reflect on their purpose before committing to action. By Andrea Bullard Throughout June and July of 2020, outraged people flooded streets […]

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Mar 24, 2020

Snow Days and Paradigm Shifts

Why Some Crises Pass—And Others Define the Future By Ed Lynes Over 36 hours in early February 1978, New England was buried underneath more than 27 inches of snow in […]

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Feb 13, 2020

What Happened to Grace from Boston?

By Rachel Fox It’s been decried as everything from sexist and dystopian, to cringe-worthy and tone deaf. When at-home fitness equipment company Peloton released its 2019 holiday ad, it had […]

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Jan 2, 2020

Don’t Take Your Eye Off the Ball

How the NCAA Fumbled the Most Important Part of Its Story By Dante Pannell As the chilling laugh which concludes Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” comes crashing through the speakers at the […]

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Dec 10, 2019

King of Burgers, Queen of Pop

By Kenly Craighill In 2008, a doe-eyed, cowboy-boot-clad 18-year-old took to the CMT Music Awards stage. Her unmistakable permed curls, paired with a cutesy-country twang and puppy-love lyrics, made her […]

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Sep 20, 2019

Picturing Politics

By Kenly Craighill That the American voter is rational—critically evaluating the policies and promises of each candidate—is an idealist’s fantasy. The mass electorate is neither informed nor rational: most voters […]

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Mar 13, 2019

Ignore the Outrage-ous Outsiders

By Dante Pannell “Thanks for nothing, AOC!” The Job Creators Network plastered that exclamation on a billboard immediately after Amazon cancelled their plans to build a second headquarters (HQ2) in […]

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