The Art of Creating: The Next Iteration

Sense Worldwide believes that collaboration is the fastest way to make the world a better place. To demonstrate the value of collaboration for creatives, brands and innovators, this year we’re running events in different cities. Our aim is to learn about and document the creative process; and to build a greater understanding of the benefits of collaboration for both client projects and individuals.

The Art of Creating kicked off in February 2017 with talks, creative happenings and of course, a party. The thing we heard loud and clear from those who attended was their need to connect with other creatively minded people from more diverse backgrounds and disciplines than theirs. The benefit of this connection being, that the fresh perspectives they are exposed to, help to stretch and challenge their own thinking. On surfacing this latent need we now see it as our job at Sense Worldwide to provide the platform, and create the conditions, for more of these interactions to take place. So that we can help everybody to advance their creative journeys.

To better understand the benefits of collaboration between disciplines, we felt a more intimate space needed to be fostered. We would like participants to relax, open up and reflect on their own creative process. Our aim is to create a setting where individuals can remove their professional masks as artists, film-makers, designers and authors to simply be the one thing that connects us all in The Sense Networkcreative.

To organise these conversations over dinner was an obvious choice. Tomorrow night in Barcelona the first Sense Supper Club of 2017 will bring together 10 creatives from a range of disciplines. They will take part in a experience that encourages them to reflect on their creative process and articulate the benefits of collaboration.

We’ve had an amazing response to this initiative from all over the world and have a fascinating array of people already signed up. If you’re interested in taking part either as a host or participant you can find the application to The Sense Supper Club here.

We’re looking forward to what we will learn and where this takes us next on our creative journey.

Brand Permeability: 3 reasons why you should let culture wash through your business

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The concept of transparency has grown into a mainstream instrument of business to create a more authentic connection with consumers. By now, people are accustomed to voting with their wallets and demanding more from brands, asking to look under the hood – can you be trusted, are you walking your talk? What makes your company, products and culture run? Increasingly though, this idea of transparency (letting people observe) is no longer enough. On the defensive, you share your culture and values outwardly. However this one-sided communication does not guarantee relevance. The most resilient brands have learned to play the offense by becoming ‘permeable’ (letting people participate). After all, if you’re not innovating with your future consumers, you’re not innovating for them.

Permeability creates opportunities for real world culture to inform company culture and output in real time. By actively engaging with relevant communities, you become complicit in creating culture. As part of the dialogue, you’re less reactive and more proactive. Brands and consumers engage in a shared journey, co-creating each others’ experiences. Why is this so important for the resiliency and success of your business?

Your brand becomes more in tune with shifts in culture as they occur, guaranteeing relevance.
Consumers have a more personal and customised experience, strengthening their bond with you.
Mitigate the risk of creating brand products or experiences that fall flat.
An extreme example of strong brand/culture permeability is Airbnb. Aside from the actual product being embedded in culture (staying in locals homes), Airbnb takes it further, by actively cultivating and inviting in local knowledge from hosts. Authentic culture automatically washes through a guest’s stay, seamlessly creating a meaningful travel experience unrivalled by any hotel chain. No insights need to be groomed, nothing artificial needs to be invented or created.

The early majority of legacy companies are now realising they too need to open up to the outside world to avoid being disrupted by utilising their own present and future consumer communities in co-creation. But they’re unsure how to access and harness the right external resources. Abundance can create inertia around options and choice of methodologies.

Beyond social media engagement, what is your company doing to open up and mobilise the creativity of the communities that surround your brand?