PHD International’s media planner Shona Read looks at the latest mix of interesting people, amazing stories and inspiring thoughts to get the brains ticking over: 

“Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple” – Woody Guthrie          


  • TED talk of the week – A magical search for a coincidence – Do coincidences pass us by because we are not looking for them? A play on our perceptions and preconceptions.
  • Humans of New York – What started out as a hobby because he was unemployed, has turned into a loyal audience that raises millions for charity and propelled Brandon Stanton into a NYTimes best-seller
  • The Four Horsemen – The future of digital business by Scott Galloway, who wins, who loses in the digital economy. A really interesting analogy



  • TED podcast of the week – Success – What role does having drive play? Is that the same as grit? How do you frame success? And will you know when you’ve found it?



  • Skew towards Happiness – A study of billions of words worldwide has revealed that more fo them have a happy slant than a sad one (particularly Spanish words)
  • Why do people relate to fictional characters? – Who hasn’t secretly hoped that Sherlock Holmes was real, pretend that Harry Potter was their mate or wanted Mr Darcy to sweep them off their feet… apparently, it is completely normal to believe that fictional characters are real!
  • 10:10 – Ever wondered if there’s a reason behind why photographs always show the same time?
  • Frozen Nature – Have you ever seen a wave freeze before crashing? Some surreal photos from Nantucket


Ethereal Landscapes – A series of stunning photographs from Elizabeth Gadd (see main picture)