ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #5
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Sparking Joy
In the wake of Valentine's Day, we wanted to share some self-care tips from the woman on all of our lips, Marie Kondo. Don’t know who we’re talking about? Marie teaches the practice of clearing sentimental...

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Categories: Snippets, Inspiration, Culture
THE IMPORTANCE OF FRAMING - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Decision makers.
What’s it for: To help teams and businesses ensure decisions lead to the best outcome being the most likely outcome.

“Good decisions don’t always lead to good outcomes, they merely lead to the best outcome being the most likely outcome.”
Seth Godin, The AltMBA
As stated in my previous blog (It’s time to stop celebrating...

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ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #4
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Let Children Get Bored Again
Our team were at TEDx Manchester this weekend and this topic sparked a lot of conversations in the studio.
These days we have a constant influx of stimulus that distracts us from tedium....

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Categories: Snippets, Inspiration, Culture
PROCRASTINATION KILLS - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone who believes they experience ‘writer's block’
What’s it for: Taking action to help make change happen.

“I can procrastinate thinking about my procrastination problem. I can procrastinate
dealing with my problem of procrastinating, thinking about my procrastination
problem” Robert McKee in ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield
Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with...

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Categories: Inspiration, Culture
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #3
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

The Design School of The Future
What happens when creativity and technology collide? Innovation. We love The RCA’s approach of integrating more science and technology within its curriculum to help the next generation of designers solve the problems...

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Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
THE INFLUENCE OF WORLDVIEWS - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in understanding how organisations change.
What’s it for: Helping make organisational change happen.

The concept of a ‘worldview’ is not a term I’d heard of or considered until recently however, it is a powerful lens to help empathise with your target audience when trying to make organisational change happen. Since learning about this concept, I...

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Activating Our Minds #2
By: Chris Teague

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

What the Fyre Festival Documentary Revealed About Millennials
There has been a lot written & said about the challenge of engaging millennials in the workplace. Despite being a fiasco, the Fyre Festival demonstrates three themes and a value...

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Categories: Culture, Inspiration, Snippets
THE POWER OF REFLECTIVE SCRIPTS
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in having more productive meetings.
What’s it for: Helping generate better outcomes from meetings.

In my previous blog post 'It's time to stop celebrating crazy at work' I shared the outcomes of our recent book review project which explored what we can all do to ensure the workplace is calm, productive and fulfilling for everyone....

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People Making Better People
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

Who’s it for: People who believe it is people who help make better people
What’s it for: To inspire more people to make an impact on others

PEOPLE MAKING BETTER PEOPLE
Our passion is inspiring people to get hands on with positive change.
We see a lot of great stuff and are always on the lookout for new inspiration that...

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Activating Our Minds #1
By: Chris Teague

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

The invention that helped me write again
Not only is this story inspiring it’s particularly timely as we’re working on an activation brief for a Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment. This is innovation at its best; adding value and literally...

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Categories: Inspiration, Culture, Snippets
How do the People Activation Agency activate their own people?
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

One thing that we are genuinely excited about sharing, is our Summer Gathering!
After a few months of non-stop delivery for our clients, it was time to turn the gaze inwards and spend some “us time”. We wanted to get everyone together to live our team code and celebrate success by sharing our great achievements, including promotions, recent work and...

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Categories: Culture, Inspiration
The performance will only be as good as the rehearsal
By: Chris Teague

These words are probably familiar to many of us and as the conference season is well and truly upon us I thought it would be useful to remind the many leaders who will be standing in front of their teams/businesses of the fact that the performance will only be as good as the rehearsal.
We’ve all seen fantastic presenters and...

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2018 – The Year of Employee Experience
By: Joe & Pippa

2018 is turning out to be an exciting year already! Firstly, it’s Year of the Dog (which obviously, we’re on board with) and now Forbes have labelled 2018 as the ‘Year of the Employee Experience’. As we well know, employees are key to a company’s success and increasingly, companies are now starting to focus on their employees as much as...

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Empowering a Creative Culture
By: Joe & Pippa

“Originality is fragile. And, in its first moments, it’s often far from pretty.”
Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.
Pixar. Oh Pixar. They move so many of us with their emotionally charged stories, beautiful vision, and seemingly limitless creative output. It is astounding how much good material comes from Pixar and it begs the question, how on God’s green Earth do they...

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Categories: Inspiration
Activations of the month - April 2017
By: The Team

People Activation is the action or process of empowering a human being to create a positive change. Or causing increased emotion, activity or desire to change; capable of exerting influence (opposed to passive).
We are always on the hunt for amazing examples of People Activation and have found that the more we look, the more we are blown away by...

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Categories: Inspiration
What can Disney teach us about company culture?
By: Chris Platt

What can Disney’s master storytellers teach us about understanding company culture?
We recently had the chance to spend time with Ron Clements and John Musker, the Disney directors behind such classics as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and their latest project Moana - their first CGI film.
Moana is an animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who, with the help...

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Categories: Inspiration
Activations of the month - March 2017
By: The Team

We are always on the hunt for amazing stories that embody People Activation and have found that the more we look, the more we are blown away by the way people across the globe are standing up and creating positive change.
In the first part of this year alone, we've seen that People Activation can come from anywhere and at...

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Categories: Inspiration
Rapport at OFFSET
By: Gary Booth

Rapport’s studio team were lucky enough to visit OFFSET in Sheffield in October '16. Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries, attracting around 2,500 attendees annually. This was the first year it had been outside of it’s main base in Dublin, so it was a rare chance...

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Categories: Inspiration
New Feminism and People Activation
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

People Activation is a moment that sparks change, a moment when someone stands up for what they believe in and propels others to do the same. Sometimes these moments can start a movement. That's what Emma Watson did in 2014, when she stood in front of the UN as the goodwill ambassador and introduced a new inclusive approach to feminism...

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Categories: Inspiration
The Somme #WeAreHere
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

We spoke to Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller about the first world war memorial that captured the Nation's attention in 2016.
If you were anywhere near social media on the 1st of July 2016, even for the briefest of moments, you will have witnessed the photos and videos being shared all around Britain. From London to Glasgow, in Bristol Temple...

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Categories: Inspiration
When your senses lead you
By: Laura Gallagher

Being a designer, I’m naturally drawn to things that look awesome and I truly care about making our client projects look great. However, what would happen if SIGHT was taken away?
I recently visited Budapest on holiday, and even though I try to switch off, you just can’t help but be inspired. I was lucky enough to visit the ‘invisible...

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Categories: Inspiration