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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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What Does Your Fridge Say About You?

September 19, 2014

What does the way you organize your fridge say about you? People spend countless hours customizing the design of their living spaces, but the refrigerator seems to be a functionalist...

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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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Demystifying Cuteness

July 17, 2014

A few months back The Onion released a video in which faux movie critic Peter K. Rosenthal reviews The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Rosenthal comments that Peeta is “one of...

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Can you draw my building?

July 16, 2014

Storytelling has long been a visual art. From prehistoric paintings in the Chauvet Cave to that latest Hollywood blockbuster, humans have turned to visual mediums to craft narratives. Visual forms...

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Cannibals at the Met

July 10, 2014

In the world of marketing, the failure to understand and appreciate cultural differences can result in diminished sales and profitability. But in the real world, cultural misunderstandings can lead to...

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The Real Minorities of Reality TV

July 9, 2014

Last month, Netflix launched its second season of Orange Is the New Black, the hit series based on Piper Kerman’s acclaimed memoir. There are many exceptional things about the show–its...

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Death of the Plan

In 1959, when Italian journalist Italo Calvino traveled to the USA on scholarship with other writers, he observed that: “New York has swallowed me up like carnivorous plant swallowing a...

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A ‘Bird’s-Eye’ View of America: Flamingo Celebrates July 4th

July 8, 2014

What do you think of when you think of America? Maybe it’s extravagant celebrity birthday parties, or maybe it’s the freedom to spend $100 on a Philly cheesesteak. Either way,...

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Expert Salon Recap – After the Jump: Brazil Beyond the Headlines

July 3, 2014

Click through the photo gallery above On July 2, Flamingo hosted an Expert Salon to celebrate the launch of our new São Paulo office entitled “After the Jump: Brazil Beyond the...

Brazil Is a Place, and Portuguese is a Language

July 2, 2014

With the World Cup in full swing and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics impending, it seems the world has fallen for Brazil. But during this World Cup, the way...

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Thanks, Kidchella.

June 27, 2014

Last Saturday, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West rang in baby North’s first birthday with a larger-than-life party deemed Kidchella. The festival featured a Ferris wheel, multiple music stages, lip-synching...

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Flamingo NY presents an Expert Salon: After the Jump: Brazil Beyond the Headlines

June 25, 2014

To celebrate the launch of Flamingo’s newest office in São Paulo, Flamingo New York is hosting an expert salon called After the Jump: Brazil Beyond the Headlines. What are the...

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Distilling the Unexpected into the Satisfying

June 24, 2014

When Chef Diego Moya and Sommelier Miguel De Leon launched the Cure Supper Club it was initially about impressing investors. Now, after two years of growth, the Supper Club has become...

A Story in a Single Image

June 20, 2014

Off Set, owned by mainstream stock photo company Shutterstock, has emerged to offer a source for curated high-end imagery (photos and illustrations) for purchase online. We spotted some of their...

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Platform Review: Storehouse Visual Storytelling

June 18, 2014

As part of our exploration into storytelling at Flamingo, we’re exploring new digital platforms for crafting and sharing narratives. Our first platform under review is Storehouse: a visual storytelling platform...

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Is Music Globalized? The Case of Stromae

June 17, 2014

At the extravagant Royal Mansour Hotel in Marrakech, inside a hand-carved silver casing lies the spiritual home of the latest release by the nine-person rapping collective, Wu-Tang Clan, The Wu...

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The $100 Cheesesteak

June 16, 2014

Upon its grand opening, the Philadelphia steakhouse Barclay Prime introduced a particularly high-profile menu item: the $100 cheesesteak. Philadelphia has long been famous for its simple sandwiches of chopped steak...

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Scared Yet? Television’s Horror Boom

June 12, 2014

A little over two years ago, FX debuted Ryan Murphy’s hit series American Horror Story, a program initially presented as a tribute to cinema’s horror genre. The show’s intertextual references...

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The Weird, The Exotic, and The Luxurious: Civet Coffee

June 9, 2014

The most die-hard caffeine connoisseurs know that the best coffee doesn’t come from a tiny espresso joint in Brooklyn or Seattle. It comes out of an animal’s butt. A small...

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What’s behind the myth of the marathon?

June 6, 2014

A few weeks ago I went to the Brooklyn half-marathon to cheer on some runners from Flamingo, and it made me wonder: why is the marathon (and the half marathon)...

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Millennials care more about privacy than any other generation

  It is a common misconception that ‘young people don’t care about privacy’, but it’s becoming clear that quite the opposite is true. In March 2014, we conducted bespoke research...

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The future of retail: Can robots really bring about richer relationships?

June 2, 2014

A few weeks ago Dee and I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Nadia Shouraboura speak at the Contagious Magazine’s NOW / NEXT / WHY event in NYC. Being Amazon’s...

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Contagious NOW / NEXT / WHY New York

May 9, 2014

Flamingo was very excited to attend Contagious Magazine’s NOW / NEXT / WHY event at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York yesterday. We got to see our...

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