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Remapping Luxury at the Dubai Mall

November 20, 2014

With over 13 million square feet and 1,200 retails shops, the Dubai mall is not for the casual window-shopper. The enormity of the mall makes shopping feel like genuine exercise....

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INTERSECTIONS: Istanbul, Democracy in Transit

November 18, 2014

As a perennial fan of Marshall McLuhan’s best remembered phrase ‘the medium is the message,’ I found our Flamingo Global Expo inspired a novel twist on the well-known adage. Before...

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INTERSECTIONS: Hagia Sophia and the Four Seasons Sultanahmet: Re-Appropriating the Past, Retelling the Present

November 17, 2014

View of the Four Seasons Sultanahmet, with the Hagia Sophia in the background As our colleague Cecily Long pointed out in “Intersections: Istanbul and James Bond,” the Hagia Sofia has...

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INTERSECTIONS: Magnificent Century and Cultural Soul-Searching

November 14, 2014

If you happen to switch on the TV in Turkey and find yourself seeing elaborately executed scenes of seduction, slaughter and conspiracy against a lavish historic backdrop, you might not...

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INTERSECTIONS: A Company Made With

November 10, 2014

When I learned that I would be attending the Flamingo EXPO in Istanbul the second week after starting in the New York office, I felt excited and a bit scared....

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INTERSECTIONS: Somewhere In The Grand Bazaar

November 5, 2014

On my last day in Istanbul, a group of a few Flamingos and I decided to head over to the Grand Bazaar to bring home a few souvenirs – indeed,...

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How Long Does It Take You To Run 20 Minutes? An Interview with Running Expert, John Honerkamp

October 31, 2014

This is not a trick question, but one that John Honerkamp asks every hopeful marathoner who joins his training program – New York Road Runners (NYRR). John coaches runners with...

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Muggles, Millennials, and Participatory Entertainment

October 30, 2014

Christmas—err—Halloween came early for Harry Potter fans last week when J.K. Rowling announced she would be releasing a new story featuring Dolores Umbridge this Friday. This isn’t the first time the...

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INTERSECTIONS: The Evil Eye

October 28, 2014

Nazar, or the evil eye, it a symbol strongly associated with Turkish culture. During my brief time in the country, the recurrent blue symbol of the evil eye seemed to...

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INTERSECTIONS: Innovation and Philanthropy in Istanbul

October 23, 2014

When exploring the rising and sloping city of Istanbul, the eyes are naturally drawn up and out, as breaks in the narrow passageways open into stunning vistas, marked by minarets...

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The Business of Postpartum Confinement

October 21, 2014

‘Yuesao’ demonstrating their skills at a job fair My friend, who is Chinese, recently gave birth to a daughter in her adopted country of Canada. Her father arranged to spend...

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INTERSECTIONS: Istanbul ArtInternational 2014

The 2014 Flamingo Global Expo happily coincided with an(other) exciting event on Istanbul’s cultural calendar, the Art International Fair which was host to more than 80 leading contemporary galleries from...

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Check back here each week for updates on the progress, the trials and tribulations, and the amazing experiences of Matt and Bogdan, AKA the Gnarmads. Also be sure to follow their...

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INTERSECTIONS: Making unexpectedly deep connections via Google Translate

October 16, 2014

I’ve never been a huge fan of Google Translate. It’s cold and robotic. It doesn’t understand context. Sometimes its translations feel like one giant autocorrect mishap. I use it sometimes...

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Many Faces of Cuba

October 14, 2014

Cuba, a unique gem nestled in the Caribbean, steeped in history and surrounded by an air of curiosity. The current nature of this country – a socialist state on the...

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INTERSECTIONS: Ignorance and Mindful Openness

I arrived in Istanbul having done very little knowledge preparation. I had to Google the currency of Turkey. I marveled at the foresight of a colleague to bring a guide...

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INTERSECTIONS: Atatürk Airport

October 9, 2014

If Istanbul is the crossroads of the world – a gateway between continents, cultures, and even eras – then Atatürk Airport must be the traffic jam at the crossroads. As diverse...

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Bye Bye Banks, Hello Venmo!

October 8, 2014

Banking is one of the industries most likely to be transformed by new generations. Based on an Accenture survey, nearly 40% of Millennials (18 to 34) would consider switching to...

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2014 Flamingo Exposition Istanbul: A Recap

October 7, 2014

On a partly cloudy day in Istanbul’s Galata district, 240 Flamingo’s were ushered into the SALT Galata for the inaugural Flamingo Exposition. In a building originally designed by Alexandre Vallaury...

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INTERSECTIONS: Galata Street Culture

October 6, 2014

Not to say I wasn’t expecting a thriving street culture in Istanbul, but it was a pleasant surprise when my AirBNB near Galata tower was right in the center of...

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The Road Less Pedaled

October 3, 2014

Bikes, bags, bears, beers, bourbon, bros… the alliteration goes on. But that’s my bikepacking story in a nutshell. Admittedly, there were more beers and bourbon than bears, but what’s an...

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Flamingo Expo in Pictures

October 2, 2014

After traveling to Istanbul for our Global Expo, we are back in New York, refreshed, inspired, and excited to continue our cultural adventures at home. In line with our Expo...

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Intersections {Cultural}: The Complex Collision of Ideas in Turkey

September 21, 2014

Inline with the Flamingo Global Expo we will be blogging about how the theme of our Expo, Intersections, manifests itself in culture today. Flamingo’s Cultural Intelligence team have been looking...

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Can Spotify Make Data Sing?

September 18, 2014

Music is supernatural, mysterious, untamed, organic. It is the foil to the soulless machinations of high-tech society, and thank goodness we have it to provide moments of temporary transcendence. It...

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Meggings and Fashion Amnesia

September 17, 2014

My female friends tell me that leggings are comfortable, functional, and versatile. No wonder they’ve caught on in such a big way in the last decade or so. Given the...

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Flamingo Global Expo 2014

September 15, 2014

This September Flamingo Group is holding an inaugural Exposition in Istanbul under the theme of Intersections – a meeting of people and disciplines at the definitive crossroads between East and...

Introducing The Flamingo MINT Project

September 12, 2014

At the beginning of this year Jim O’Neill the economist of BRIC fame, began championing Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey as the next generation of emerging market trendsetters. Flamingo have explored the...

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What Mark Twain Can Teach Us About Spirits Innovation

September 9, 2014

Americans have long been the butt of European jokes for their parochial isolationism, arrogance in an uncertain world, and ostensible satisfaction with the wonders of the 50 states – as...

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CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE | Hardwired Hearths: Connecting In Our Kitchens

September 3, 2014

Transitioning from the golden era of living rooms, the connected age is shaping kindred kitchens As part of Flamingo’s Cultural Intelligence mini-series looking at the future of video, we will be examining...

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CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE | Follow Your Own Path

How new media is expanding and personalizing narrative structures and reshaping once linear journeys As part of Flamingo’s Cultural Intelligence mini-series looking at the future of video, we will be examining...

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Escape (On) The Open Road

There’s something about the Open Road that has always represented freedom and escapism. If there’s something you need to escape from – like the drab realities of contemporary life, or...

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Is the Rise of Lifelogging the Fall of Narrative?

In 2010, Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal had a camera that took one picture every minute implanted in the back of his head. The project, called 3rdi, captured Bilal’s experience as...

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August 25, 2014

We live in a city of shared moments. In this cramped city where there is no way to hide, it’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse into another’s life: the...

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The VMAs Get Serious

If you’re looking for prestige and a celebration of great artistic achievement, you probably eagerly await the Oscars every year. But if you want to celebrate the poppiest of pop...

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Texas Forever: A Slightly Biased Guide to the Lone Star State

August 22, 2014

There’s no place like Texas. So few places can carefully balance a deep-rooted sense of regional identity with a culture that fundamentally reflects future directions in American society. Cities like...

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Copy-Cat Culture in Ho Chi Minh City

August 20, 2014

Look familiar? Ever since the launch of Starbucks in Ho Chi Minh City last year, there has been an outpouring of shops mimicking the Seattle Company’s menu and aesthetic. But...

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The Return of the Rudeboy

August 13, 2014

Rudeboy culture is back, and it signifies a return to an era where subcultural influences are embraced and enjoyed. With growing trends of globalization, gentrification and such like, many subcultures...

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Extreme Hot Sauces Set Consumers Alight

August 12, 2014

In a crowded market, sometimes it takes a little Flamin’ Flatulence to rise above the noise. Bottled hot pepper sauces have been a culinary staple in the United States for...

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TaskRabbit, My Grandma’s Dish Towels, and Emotional Outsourcing.

For months, friends have raved about TaskRabbit, a website and mobile app that allows users to outsource small jobs and tasks to people nearby. Users name the task they require,...

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Online Dating Is Not For Disney Princesses

August 7, 2014

If Jasmine had seen Aladdin’s profile on a dating website, would she have accepted his solicitations? I think Aladdin would have the best chances on Tinder, where his suave, dark,...

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How Hispanic Cultural Diffusion Continues To Shape US Palate

August 5, 2014

There’s a lot of talk out there about how we’ve become a multicultural nation. Currently, non-Caucasians make up 37% of the nation’s population and are predicted to grow to more...

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An interview with photographer Emily Kelly

August 4, 2014

Renowned photographer Elliott Erwitt once said, “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things in words.” But can a narrative really be driven...

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Event Recap: Contagious’ Digital Privacy and What it Means for You and Your Brand

July 30, 2014

Dee de Lara presenting highlights of Flamingo’s Privacy in Perspective research Flamingo had the privilege of participating in Contagious’ “Digital Privacy and What it Means For You and Your Brand”....

Once Upon A Dime

Nestled in the shadows of The High Line on 10th Avenue and 19th Street in New York City is Story, a boutique that takes retail to a new experience. Their...

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Our latest issue of the Hive Mind Magazine: Body, Flesh, Sensuality: Towards a new language of pleasure

We’re excited to share with you our latest issue of the Hive Mind Magazine: Body, Flesh, Sensuality: Towards a new language of pleasure. In this issue we’re exploring the sensual revolution:...

A Week in the World’s Largest Cave: Hang Son Doong

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words, but it’s perhaps also worth a couple thousand dollars. That’s what coursed through my mind as I first saw the Huffington...

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Film Highlights – After the Jump: Brazil Beyond the Headlines

July 29, 2014

We are excited to share the film from the After the Jump: Brazil Beyond the Headlines, the expert salon celebrating the launch of Flamingo São Paulo. Our esteemed panel featuring...

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Is Fast Food Here To Stay?

July 28, 2014

In his diatribe against overeating junk food, Louis C.K. famously takes on Cinnabon during a stand up special: “No one likes getting a Cinnabon, it’s always dudes like me or...

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Flamingo at Contagious Perspectives on Privacy Breakfast: July 25

July 23, 2014

On Friday, July 25, join Flamingo at “Digital Data Privacy and What It Means for Your Brand”, a morning seminar hosted by Contagious. Tickets are $50 and you can buy tickets here. Dee...

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Once upon a time, women had to apply a slew of skincare products formulated to prevent wrinkles, fade blemishes, and provide moisture before they could even think of applying foundation....

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