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Expo 2014: Flamingo NY Reflections

January 27, 2015

In September, 2014, Flamingo Group held an inaugural Exposition in Istanbul under the theme of Intersections – a meeting of people and disciplines at the definitive crossroads between East and...

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How Many TEDs Does it Take to Give a Talk? Flamingo’s Share Our Favorite TED Talks

January 21, 2015

We’ve all seen our fair share of TED talks. They serve as efficient research tools, cures for late-night sleeplessness, and sparks of inspiration. Started as conference on Technology, Entertainment, and...

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INTERSECTIONS: Rethinking Our Venn Diagram Thinking

January 20, 2015

Pick up any American elementary school book – math, science, language arts, social studies (it doesn’t really matter) – and I can guarantee that it won’t take long for you...

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Behind the Bodega: Latino Grocery Shopping in New York

January 16, 2015

In an effort explore and begin to understand the Latino shopping experience, over the summer, two Flamingos hit the streets to capture some of the elements that make shopping in...

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January 15, 2015

The first time I arrived in Istanbul, I was quite nervous. I was traveling by bus from Bulgaria, it was late, and my friend and ride from the station, was...

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Conquistadors, Steam Engines, and the Future of Bottled Water

January 12, 2015

What does bottled water have to do with volcanoes, Spanish conquistadors, and steam engines? More than you might think. Water has long been a source of life and a symbol...

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INTERSECTIONS: The Power of Disruptive Thinking

January 7, 2015

With an array of exhibits, films, talks and conversations, our recent Expo in Istanbul was quite the sensory and information overload – in the positive sense of the phrase, of...

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Where Flamingos Go To Drink: The Global Local Bar

January 5, 2015

As the weather gets colder, we’ve been spending our evenings visiting the holiday windows around the city and warming up afterwards in our favorite bars. Whether trying new drinks, unwinding...

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An Interview with a Stranger

December 23, 2014

“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” -William James, renowned philosopher and ‘Father of American Psychology’ In everyday passing, all we...


Millions March NYC: December 13th, 2014

December 22, 2014

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” – Martin Luther King, Jr. To start, let me just make this clear. These thoughts are...

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Is radio the new TV? Serial and the Power of Podcasts

December 17, 2014

What exactly were you doing on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 8:30 am? If you were, like me, listening to Serial while on your way to work, you’ll know that...


The new side of ‘Made in Italy’

December 15, 2014

Italy has long been home to some of the world’s most iconic luxury brands – think Fendi, Prada, Gucci, and Bvlgari, to name a few. Traditionally, the mark “Made in...

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INTERSECTIONS: Something for Everyone in Istanbul

December 12, 2014

In the weeks leading up to our Global Expo in Istanbul, the Flamingo NYC office was with abuzz with activity, excitement, and a bit of anxiety. Will our materials make...

How We Share Stories

December 11, 2014

Spreading of stories used to be housed in more traditional streams: concealed in the pages of a book,  whispered around campfires, massacred during a rousing game of Telephone… but the...


INTERSECTIONS: The Business of Epics

December 6, 2014

Düşman geldi tabur tabur dizildi, Alnımıza kara yazı yazıldı. Aha! Make ready for the enemy draws nigh Black destiny is written on their foreheads high. (Excerpt from the Turkic epic...

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INTERSECTIONS: The City of Hidden Museums

December 2, 2014

“Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.” ― Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence Our Flamingo Expo was held in Istanbul this year in a contemporary art...

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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....


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...


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...


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: Being an African American Woman in Istanbul

November 7, 2014

Like most of my colleagues, when I heard we were traveling to Istanbul for the 2014 Expo, I was looking forward to the different foods, languages, and experiences that were...


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...


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...



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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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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...


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...


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...


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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