Creative Walks. Ideas: Step by Step.

Creative Walks by Marcus John Henry Brown

Offices: The place where ideas go to die. I hate offices. I hate the physical, psychological, political and emotional structures of offices and I have always found it incredibly difficult to concentrate, let alone focus on or create fantastic ideas in them. My loathing for offices is only topped by my utter contempt for conference rooms with their air of …

Creative Walks – The Rotwand Tour.

Creative Walks Rotwand Tour Marcus John Henry Brown

The Rotwand tour is one of my favourite creative walks routes. It’s a relatively easy hike that takes you through a pine forest, past a couple of Alpine cabins and you even get to see a few waterfalls. You’ll be greeted by cowbells and cattle about thirty minutes from the summit too. As with any mountain path, the weather dictates …

Creative Walks and the magic of the river Isar.

Creative Walks Marcus John Henry Brown

You don’t always have to go on a great long walk to kick start your creative intelligence. Sure a day up in the Bavarian Alps is certainly spectacular but when you’re pressed for time and ideas a quick saunter along a river can help too. Sometimes just getting out and taking an hour or so for a wander can do …

The Black Operatives Department – Performances & Keynotes

I met with a friend last week who looked at me sternly and asked, “Marcus, what the hell is The Black Operatives Department? I like it, but what is it?” He’d never seen the talks live and had no frame of reference. As we chatted I realised that I’d never sat down and explained properly why I’m doing it, the …

Zombie Apocalypse and other peak pixel fantasies.

Zombie Apocalypse Marcus John Henry Brown

I’ve started scripting my talks, writing them out longhand, typing them up and performing them directly from the script. This has become part of my talking format, and it seems to work for me. I spoke at Silicon Beach in Bournemouth a couple of weeks ago, and as my talk wasn’t filmed I’ve decided to post the script here. I’ve …

Creative Walks: The River Isar (route 1)

Creative Walks by Marcus John Henry Brown

Difficulty level: easy. The Isar is Germany’s 4th longest river. It’s also perfect for creative walks. It starts life in the Austrian Alps eventually giving up and committing river suicide 295 km later where it joins the Danube. It carves its way through the heart of Munich and offers locals enough space to sunbathe on its stony shores. Thousands of joggers …

Creative Walks: Rodgau City Forest

Creatives Walks by Marcus John Henry Brown

Activity level: Easy. Christmas is over and it’s nearly the new year. I’m writing this sat in the kitchen of my in-laws after another excellent Christmas and a nice batch of creative walks with my wife in Rodgau’s City Forest. I love this forest. It’s a stone’s throw away from where my wife grew up and it is the place …

Content Will Kill Your Agency – Revised

Content will kill your agency - Marcus John Henry Brown

On the 12th December 2007, I sat down and wrote a blog post called “content will kill your agency”. Some of you may remember it. That’s eight years ago tomorrow. To my knowledge, content has not killed a single agency.The initial post became a tiny series of three and they caused quite a stir at the time. They’ve long been …

The Black Operatives Department – Theories and Conditions.

I did/spoke/performed “The Parallel” at a conference a couple of weeks ago. Sadly, it wasn’t recorded and I’m not sure if I’ll have the chance to do it again. I’m toying with the idea of doing something on my own – maybe a show, like the Garden of Tweetdome things I did a couple of years ago. I had hair …

Behind the curtain – making of The Parallel.

Using Artefact Cards to build The Parallel.

I’ve been asked to talk at an event in Berlin this coming November and I’m quite excited about it. Philip and Jens asked me if I would be interested in doing „something about algorithms that go shopping, something a bit weird. You do weird, can you do it for us?“, during a lunch break at this year’s re:publica and I …