Hi Mark- thanks for getting in touch and for such a kind note! I work as a planner for Edelman in Shanghai. A lot of my photos here are just from personal travel and life in Shanghai but I’ll be sharing more from a bigger research/film project that I’ll be doing this year as part of my work.
Sometimes one needs an opportunity to truly encounter a certain word. We encounter all kinds of words in the course of our lives, and some we understand at first glance and some we may rub shoulders with but never fully understand.
‘The people’ belongs in that second category. It’s one of the first phrases I learned to read and write, and it has clung to me in my travels through life, constantly appearing before my eyes and surrounding my ears.” —Yu Hua, China in Ten Words
At the moment, our team is looking to fill several roles for various projects. Below is a quick overview. I’d appreciate any recommendations!
First, we’re looking for filmmakers in Mumbai and Delhi for an upcoming project. Any suggestions for great people to connect with?
I’m also looking for a production assistant in Shanghai. Good job for recent grads/students.
Finally, we’re interviewing for several roles in our Edelman Shanghai digital team right now.
If you or anyone you know is interested in any of the above, you can email me at amanda.mooney[at]edelman.com
Thanks for getting in touch and for such a nice note:) I’m in Shanghai for the next few weeks and then am setting out on a nearly year-long trip for a project
When I was a kid, my parents took us camping. At some point, they needed a break. (I think they wanted to hump in the camper.) Dad was clever. He asked who could run up a hill, fastest. Without even finishing his sentence, we were off—we never asked why.
The smart kids in The Valley have us doing the same. We chase follows, likes, and views, but fail to consider what to do upon getting them. While the value of these metrics may be questionable, achieving them is seen as a win. Few are wise enough to ask whether these numbers matter.
Having an audience can help you get paid and that’s good. Putting your focus solely on building a following is a fool’s game, though. This pursuit of recognition is boring, and a terribly crowded race.
While you have little control over others’ attention, you have full control of what you make. So, why not put your effort into building something beautiful? Doing so is infinitely more rewarding than bombarding friends with junk. The result may even be something you can promote—should you suffer the need to do so.” —Something beautiful
[T]he things people put on display inevitably generate a kind of inertia. In a world where we now have extraordinarily efficient ways of communicating and displaying, the question of who you are becomes incredibly complicated.
I think that brands are a part of this. When you surround yourself with certain kinds of objects, they become a public statement about who you are. There are hundreds of choices that are necessary to fill out your life with objects and things, and I think that requires an inner logic as well.
Maybe the modern version of introspection is the sum total of all those highly individualized choices that we make about the material content of our lives…
[O]ur material choices as consumers are no longer trivial. They are now amongst the most important choices we make. They have consequences well beyond our own selves — they have global consequences… you’re saying to the world, “These are my values. This is the kind of world I want.” —Gladwell on brands