Dishonesty and Banking

Fascinating new RSA Animate featuring Dan Ariely talking about his new book The Truth About Dishonesty. Lots of nuggets in here including a really interesting thought on how tiny is the proportion of 'big cheaters' in society and how the magnitude of dishonesty we see is instead down to good people who think they are doing good but in fact are cheating just a little bit.

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Unilever Engaging Third World Marketing in Austerity Europe

It has been a long time coming. I have been writing about the ultra-fragmentation of the markets for at least a year. Now it is going mainstream with the announcement from Unilever’s head of European business that - "Poverty is returning to Europe”.
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1% Makes a Lot of Difference

A report has just been published in the US called the: “The Potential Impact of the Great Recession on Future Retirement Incomes.”

I really wished we had an institution attempting the same type of research in the UK.

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Strategies for B2B Marketing in a Recession, Part 2

The single most popular post of all time on this blog is 7 Strategies for B2B Marketing in a Recession: The Definitive Guide, written almost three years ago in June, 2008. In this post, I asked a few basic questions:

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Innovation Lessons from the Great Reset

Ever since the publication of The Rise of the Creative Class in 2002, Richard Florida has been at the forefront of the national debate about the role of the creative class -- writers and artists as well as white-collar knowledge workers -- in urban revitalization, regional economic development and the future of our cities. If you're living or working in a city that has created a district that resembles New York City's SoHo or TriBeCa (loft living, lots of creative types, cafes and funky shops), you can thank Richard Florida.

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A Successful Price-raising Strategy: a Bit at a Time

Companies that have discounted in response to the Great Recession now find themselves in the position of needing to find a way to return prices to something closer to “normal,” whatever that is. Those companies have gotten some good news and bad news in the form of research from Michael Tsiros of the University of Miami and David Hardesty of the University of Kentucky, as reported in the April Harvard Business Review.

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Deja Vu, All Over Again

So the Dow hit a bull-market high last Wednesday and gas costs more than $3/gallon. You know what comes next, don't you?

It's not a question of if but rather when we'll all be complaining about falling stocks and rising gas prices. We should be particularly aware of this inevitable reality since most of us are still smarting from the wounds we received over the past year or two.

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Just When You Think You're out, They Pull You Back in

The ‘they’ in this case is the recession. Data from Pew Research shows the impact of the recession on the young people and especially where they live (back home).

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Recession What Recession – Xmas Spending as Usual

The guys at Vox Pops have issued a free video showing interviews with people talking about their spending intentions this Xmas. I hope the companyt doesn’t mind but I have added it to YouTube because I thought it contained some interesting messages.

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5 Things I Wish for in 2010?

Wow what a year 2009 was? We got hit right in the face by the economic down turn and designers all over the world were falling like flies as companies cut R&D or design budgets in response to a drop in consumer spending.

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