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Capturing Cannes: Challenging How We Look and Listen

My goals this week at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity were to observe, listen, look, engage, and document the event through the power of video and sound. I wanted to capture the essence of Cannes: the work being displayed, the discussions being had and the inspiration it all sparks.

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There is a Creative Echo Chamber: Now what are you going to do about it?

With all the evidence that echo chambers polarize society by affirming people’s beliefs, it had to be asked whether this phenomenon is also warping creativity.

Simply put, it is. And the reasons are complex, extending far beyond our reliance on like-minded people and media that echo back what we already think or want to hear.

A new Ketchum-Fast Company survey of creative professionals reveals that most creatives believe they are working in an Echo Chamber because diverse views are insufficiently encouraged or heard in most workplaces.

Why is this still happening in 2017?

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We are Young Lions, Hear Us Roar!

A key part of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the series of Young Lions competitions. Sponsored by PR Council, the competitions are designed to foster promising talent across a range of creative disciplines. This year, we’re proud to announce that two colleagues from Ketchum’s Chicago office – Patty Bloom and Rachel Carlisle – will be representing the U.S. in the Festival’s Young PR Lions Competition!

To better understand the significance of this honor, we sat down with the team for a Q&A on their experience so far, and what’s still to come as they prepare for Cannes.

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#FOMO No More: 6 Things I Learned While (Not Actually Being) At Cannes

In another life, I’d be writing this fresh off a flight from the beaches of the French Riviera. It’s those same beaches I have yet to plant my feet on that serve as the backdrop of the annual nexus of communicators and innovation known as the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Although Cannes has alluded me this year, the fantastic insights that make all of us better professionals did not. Here are some basic, and more peripheral, Cannes learnings that resonated with me as a young PR professional…

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Meet the CMOs of Tomorrow: The Cannes Young Lions Marketers Competition

17 teams, representing the top young marketing duos from as many countries, converged at Cannes with just 20 hours to solve a creative challenge and present a marketing brief on a global stage before a panel of esteemed judges—all for the chance to win a prestigious Gold Lion.

Ketchum has sponsored the Cannes Young Lions Marketers Competition for the past six years. Just like the spirit of our training program Camp Ketchum, the competition brings together the brightest and most creative marketing minds from around the world to solve an important client challenge. Also like Camp Ketchum, the Young Lions Marketers Competition is a platform for our agency to mentor, inspire and develop young talent in the industry.

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Fishing For Your Sole

Early each morning here on the French Riviera, anglers can be seen casting their lines in search of a perfect catch.  Their leathery, tanned skin and white hair are outward reflections of their age and love for fishing.  And they are reminders that we are all, no matter our age, hoping to snare a big one.

Here at the Cannes Creativity Festival, the big fish is a lion-shaped trophy of creative affirmation. Most of the winners bounding to the stage are young, mirroring the industry.

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A Former Ad Guy’s Take on PR at Cannes

A little about myself: My name is Gabriel Araujo, I am 33 years old, from Brazil, and it should be known that I am a creative and restless person. Since the age of 15 I’ve known I wanted to be in advertising. The day I saw the first print ad I created run in the newspaper was glorious. So, am I still creating advertising all these years later? No—I’m a member of the PR industry. Can an “ad guy” be happy in PR?

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Let’s Make a Movie: Live at Cannes!

When brands and artists hammer out plans to create content together, it usually happens behind closed doors. That notion was shattered at Cannes Lions yesterday, where I had the pleasure of moderating, “The Art of the Deal: Let’s Make a Movie.” The Ketchum-sponsored session (our second, following last year’s music-based panel) brought together Hershey’s CMO Peter Horst (*client) and TV personality, podcaster and movie director Adam Carolla for a lively discussion about how they could collaborate on a branded film project.

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Cannes Most Wanted: Inspiration, Immersion & Whiplash

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is one the largest and most highly respected global events in our industry. Originally devoted to Advertising, it was recast as a festival and awards program focused on creativity in 2009, elevating the event to a broader celebration of creativity across all forms of marketing communications.

With more than 500 stage events and sessions over 8 days and nightly award shows — 43,000+ award entries submitted across 24 categories — there is so much to do, see and be inspired by at Cannes.

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Crystal Balling the Cannes Festival of Creativity

When the wise people at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity put together eight days of inspiring content for the international creative elite, they are curating workshops and sessions to hit the big issues keeping creative leaders up at night.

This year’s lineup looks provocative, marked by a whiff of alarm around how truly difficult it has become to cut through all of the content pollution. After poring over hundreds and hundreds of seminar titles and descriptions, here’s what I expect will be the buzz on the Riviera (click to tweet).

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