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Finding common ground on climate change

September 18, 2020 | Tags: ,

The consequences of climate change are real. It’s time to focus on the opportunities. Last week, I found myself driving behind an early 1970s muscle car. It brought back memories: the gurgling sound of the V8 engine, the pea green metallic paint, Def Leppard on the radio, and the stink. Yes, it literally stunk—”roll up […] Read More

Mapping and Understanding Change

August 24, 2020 | Tags: , ,

Many years ago, in an attempt to create a broader middle class, the Clinton administration experimented with housing. They created a US mortgage market financed heavily through investment banks—which eventually led to the 2008 financial crisis—which in turn created greater wealth inequality and a lower labor participation rate—which created the frustration and anger necessary for […] Read More

Preparing Ourselves for Change

July 2, 2020 | Tags:

My wife is passionate about her alma mater. This week, she was texting friends about booking a house near campus for next year’s reunion weekend. “Really?” I asked. Her college is working on a plan to return students to campus in stages this fall. They plan to provide individual dorm rooms to each student and […] Read More

A Time for Optimism

April 30, 2020 | Tags: ,

We are in desperate need of optimism today. I believe it could save us. Now, I’m not talking about blissful ignorance or feelings of hopefulness towards future events. We need the kind of optimism focused on the half empty glass in front of us. The one that needs filling. We need optimism focused on today—not […] Read More

Brick & Mortar is Back

July 11, 2019 | Tags: , , ,

The online marketplace completely disrupted the retail shopping experience. But one of the original disruptors, Amazon, is steadily making their way back to brick and mortar stores. Now with 17 locations, the online brand has a very real physical footprint—and they are not alone. Other digitally native companies are making similar moves: Adore Me, Bonobos, […] Read More

Chances are, you’re reading this post on a telephoenician.

August 16, 2018 | Tags: ,

“Sing, O muse, of the rage of Achilles, son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans.” This line, which opens Homer’s Iliad, has inspired readers for more than two and a half thousand years. But Homer didn’t write that line. He sang it to an audience that probably numbered no more than a […] Read More

Here’s to change

August 13, 2018 | Tags: , ,

We’ve been struggling with an identity problem for years. If I were to ask you to describe us to a friend or coworker, what would you say? Would you portray us as a printing company—a proficient manufacturer of books and direct mail? Would you describe us as engineers of experiential graphics—producing trade show booths, product packaging or any of that odd stuff that is printed but not called printing? Or would you be wholly confused by all of this print talk and instead describe us as a creative agency that builds websites or writes brand strategy? And let’s not forget those of you who subscribe to one of our SaaS products or data processing tools. What do you call all of this? Read More