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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Keep on praying

Read carefully on why is Haiti poor.

Why is Haiti so poor

I dont profess to know everything about Haiti to the point where i can do summaries without reading or quoting sources, even though I have friends there who have their own accounts of why it is what it is.

It is difficult to assume an enlightened position in the Caribbean when a large majority of the people you interact with think someone is in the sky watching events and selectively choosing to interact and interfere with the course of history.

Subliminally think what it does to the average persons mindset. The average black person, spiritual as they are, subliminally believes that other people are favoured, given that many people have gone through generations of domination by countries who have shown little or no moral compass (or even any adherance to the same faith they pretend to have) and yet who continue to prosper.

Its a logical process and akin to a little child who sees the man in their household who molests them, who could be popular in society, and indeed starts to hate themselves rather than recognise the real evil.

This collective low self esteem manifests itself at times like these when underneath all the debate about helping Haiti, there is a knawing thought process going on amongst Caribbean people. Dem people bligh.

I have a friend from latin America who claims that Caribbean people and Latin americans have the same mentality.

In the face of adversity they throw their hands up in the air and literally say the same thing "quitter yo pour bon dieu" - ie leave it to god.

Of course God does nothing (as neither does Zeus), and the verdict is as suspected. More suffering, more low self esteem, and ironically more fuggin praying.

Until a generation of skeptics start to get their chance to repel the God squad kumbaya thinking which has stunted the development of all African and Caribbean countries and indeed many people of African descent, they will continue to suffer and hope that the afterlife gives salvation and glory.

And then they mock the guy who kills himself for the anticipation of endless virgins in the sky.

Different degrees of the same psychosis.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Get IN

One of my most active relationships is that where I represent FSI in the membership of IN, the largest network of independent advertising agencies in the world. I was elected to the Board this time last year and it has been a challenge, primarily because of the demands on time (and you dont get paid).

Some of our agencies are very well known. Duncan Channon for example, just won the global esurance account and also have the global Hard Rock Cafe account. Eric Mower Associates also have the Kodak account as well as ran the I love New York Campaign. Our Japanese counterparts have the Nikon Camera account.

Dominica seems like a dream to them given our size. Though FSI represents the Caribbean we are of course the smallest agency even when you take in regional campaigns and projects.

We are currently trying to win at least three accounts jointly with other IN agencies and that is an interesting exercise.

The current one is tourism accounts. There is an irony in it, but we are currently working with Total Media, our UK counterparts to try to win some Caribbean tourism accounts. Total Media pitches the account, and then we get to do much of the ground work which mitigates against their biggest weakness. They dont know much about the region.

WHile having a big agency buy media etc is useful, an agency like FSI can buy through global buyers who are often stronger than any creative agency that say Dominica Tourism are exposed to.

I often think that seeing the same people who are deciding on the account daily passing you in a vehicle in a small island is not a good way to get a multi million dollar account. Its just difficult to pass that money locally especially when there are perceptions about who you are and how large you might get (its real folks). I understand that challenge.

So more and more we are pitching through other entities.

Sometimes you just have to recognise what works.

It will be interesting

To see Dominicas representation at the Shanghai World Expo. They received a substantial amount of money from the Chinese to build their presence which is being managed through Dexia.

We were involved in the design bid presence and indeed gave advice as to how it could be developed. Of course we did not get through but it is only a mere coincidence that the final design was very similar to what we presented. It was also a big coincidence that the young man who ended up floating the new design happened to have sat in all the meetings with us and received all our submissions and ideas.

My initial reaction and thought process is not printable, but in retrospect its a futile cause. Best watch the results.

For info on the Shanghai World Expo visit en.expo2010.cn.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Lawlessness inc

Small LED screen in Roseau.

Right outside Issa Trading and opposite Subways.

Entrepeneur applies to Planning for permission to put this slap bang in the middle of a sidewalk in the middle of town.

Planning Division (usually called Town and Country in many Caribbean islands) REFUSES permission based on ordinance.

Man proceeds to erect structure and screen as if nothing happened. Soon the Ministry of Tourism are advertising on it.

A simple diary of lawlessness.