Try and contain your excitement, dear reader, but PSFK New York is back! (On April 9th, 2010). Its a (quite liderally) unmissable opportunity to listen to over 20 speakers as they share ideas and opinions from the forefront of culture.
Topics range from the arts to entertainment to business to the web. Previous speakers at PSFK events include Shepard Fairey, Seth Godin, Jeff Staple; and key innovators from Apple, BBC, Esty.com, foursquare, the Guardian, MTV, NASA, Nokia, Starbucks and Virgin America.
This year (it says here) the mainstage will host talks by up 20 speakers behind some of the most inspirational projects that have featured recently on PSFK. This years crew include:
Rob Walker [if you haven’t read Buying In, you should]
Grant McCracken [everyone’s favourite Chief Culture Officer]
Nick Felton [early prophet of personal data and creator of the FELTRON report]
Shantell Martin: [vj and installation artist]
And many more!
Hosted of course by the purple polymath Piers Fawkes.
Tickets available after the jump.
Piers do I get my £5?
Some young artists are looking to the scintillating world of cyber prose to inspire their latest works. For Brooklyn illustrator Sophie Blackwell, Craigslist is her muse. Comparing the classifieds site’s Missed Connections to “messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand,” Blackwell takes her artistic cues from these posts and then lets her paintbrush run wild. The results are touching, graceful, playful images that resonate far more intimately than seeing that “Kiss at City Hall” poster for the billionth time.
SWill Squidoo Kill Your Company’s Shot at (Free) Feel-Good PR on Twitter?
Today Squidoo founder Seth Godin announced that his company would begin launching websites for major companies that collect social buzz–good and bad–from around the Web. In his blog, Godin says that these “conversations” are already happening, so Squidoo is simply going to funnel them into one aggregate spot. That lets any customer or company see what the buzz is around Brand X. But for companies to get on the page and respond, it will cost them money. Is this fair to companies? More importantly, is it good for customers? (Below, one such page for In-and-Out Burger.)
Nine Ways For Luxury Brands To Use Social Media
Rohit Bhagava believes “luxury brands are the IDEAL brands to be using social media and that social networking, microblogging and online content creation represent big opportunities for these brands to really stand out, improve their customer loyalty, drive sales and, in fact, maintain the image they have worked hard to create for their brands.”
Like Google Alerts
but for social media. You can receive free daily email alerts of your brand, company, CEO, marketing campaign, or on a developing news story, a competitor, or the latest on a celebrity.
Microsoft prepares to emulate Apple with launch of retail chain
has announced plans to open a number of retail stores across the US to showcase its products in an attempt to match the success of Apple’s lucrative branded shops. Microsoft has appointed two former Wal-Mart executives to lead the project — Kevin Turner
, Microsoft’s chief operating officer, and David Porter, currently Dreamworks’ head of product distribution, who has been tasked with assigning store locations.
Playing on the fear and paranoia, surrounding Warner Bros.
has apparently sent out “individually trained black cats onto the streets of London wearing branded cat clothing bearing the title of the video game.” Blimey.
The Foreign Office
is to fund a television advertising campaign in Pakistan to get across the message that Britain is not “anti-Islamic.” According to the Guardian, the £400,000 campaign, titled ‘I am the west’, will feature a number of prominent British Muslims including communities minister Sadiq Khan and run for three months.
Seth Godin is running an alternative MBA program that has, at its heart, a new vision of learning about being a businessperson. Nine participants are currently learning about entrepreneurship, freelancing and marketing in a practical, real world apprenticeship with Godin rather than going the traditional business school route. You can follow the group at the excellent SAMBA (Six Month MBA) blog, where they’ve recently come up with 999 new business ideas. The list is a testament to creative thinking that can act as a great catalyst for developing your own brilliant new ideas.