The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

One Rule For One, Should Be One Rule For Everyone …
March 23, 2010, 6:05 am
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So last week I was asked to present to a Singapore Government ‘youth’ conference about creativity.

The guys were very kind and accommodating given I am a bald, foul-mouthed and opinionated British yob who doesn’t exactly do ‘subtle’ when he has a microphone in his hand.

As I mentioned in the post last week, the title – “Nothing Great Happens If You Follow The Rules” – was kinda ironic given I was doing this in Singapore … a place where rules are treated like Gods … however the purpose of the presentation was to ultimately highlight that Singapore owes much of their success to their iconic and psychological visionary leader, Lee Kuan Yew – a man who broke all the rules of democracy and Asian values to create the dramatic change he felt necessary to enable Singapore to get where it needed to be for long term sustained growth [economic] and stability [cultural].

I guess what I was trying to communicate was if young guys in the conference were fearful of trying something they were passionate about [because certain Asian values dictate failure and/or anti-consensus views/activities are met with mass social distain] they should take comfort from the fact their great leader once went totally against the grain and so when it is done for the right reasons, rules can be – and should be – bent.

[Slides 14-16 are pisstakes on why I think Singapore can claim to be one of the best examples of creative planning in the World … slide 17 is the person who I think can claim to be one of the best creative planners in the World and from slide 18 – I detail what I think were some of the guiding principals LKY used to help him not only shape his vision for Singapore but kept him going even when everything seemed against him]

Anyway, even though you won’t really be able to tell what the preso was given my usual big picture, few words style … I thought I’d put it up anyway … and in the interests of both Andy, Pete and George, I’d like to bring it to their attention that whilst there is a fair amount of CNP [cut ‘n’ paste] there is also quite a few ‘new slides’ too.

Yes, I’m as shocked as the rest of you.

Finally, I should mention that when I was at the conference I met Singaporean designer, Kelley Cheng – who is not only brilliantly talented, charming and funny – but unbelievably versatile, entrepeureal and plain ol’ inspirational.

If you have the chance to check her or any one of her different businesses out [she has some cool cafes, including one dedicated to giving anyone who wants a go, their ’15 minutes of fame’] I encourage you to do so … because if she can do it, then there’s absolutely no fucking excuse why the rest of us can’t.

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i stand by my point. youve only written 7 presentations in your fucking life.

nice obama piss take slide though. must of gone down a storm with the democratic dictators fans.

Comment by andy@cynic

I love how you’ve used some of LKY’s guiding principals to build Singapore against the creative deniers, that’s a very cool and evil strategy.

How did it go down and was it filmed because I’d love to see it being presented in your inimitable style because I know the slides would scream with venomous opinion.

Comment by Pete

It was videoed – but I’m not sure if it’ll come out … and that’s probably a good thing but I’m not sure if I mean that for me or the Singapore people.

Comment by Rob

cool and evil? but its basically the same preso hes been writing since 1992 and that was probably for fucking tango, not some peanut sized countries government so tell me how that can mean this is cool, evil and relevant pete, hes not fucking nostradamus. please tell me hes not noatrafuckingdamus.

Comment by andy@cynic

If I am Nostradamus Andy, you better buy some good life insurance pretty damn quick. 🙂

Comment by Rob

you think i didnt buy every fucking insurance policy going when i started working with you? you underestimate my foresight campbell.

Comment by andy@cynic

I was there last week and you were awesome. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and inspiration with us.

Comment by Jason Yu

Thank you Mum … you are my Mum aren’t you Jason?

That’s very kind of you – really appreciate it – but I’d prefer it much more if I heard you and some of the others in the audience were doing something based off my rant. As long as its not report me to the Singaporean Police, ha.

Seriously, that’s very gracious of you – thanks so much and please let me know how you go.


Comment by Rob

I can’t get the preso to open up. But don’t you use a sheep in each one anyway?

Comment by Charles Frith

Of course I do Charles, I like to respect all my ex-girlfriends. 🙂

Comment by Rob

I have one word to add to Pete’s comment: Cunning.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you had a tail and killed chickens.

Comment by Lee Hill

Funnily enough I like to feed on chickens … and I’m half Italian. Go figure.

Comment by Rob

cunning? dumbing more like. isnt anyone listening, its the same presentation he always does just with another fuckwit title.

Comment by andy@cynic

The new Porsche 911 with exactly the same design as always! (I jest)

Comment by Rob Mortimer

You look good in a kimono dress thing

Comment by northern

maybe he should be the chick in the next used bmw car ad. keep the feminists, uglies and consultants happy even if the fucking cars end up gathering dust and rust.

Comment by andy@cynic

Birkenstock link up…genius

Comment by northern

Considering Northern’s extensive knowledge of the female image that’s quite a compliment.

Comment by Rob Mortimer

*planning knowledge. I’m not saying he’s the new Andy…

Comment by Rob Mortimer

Shoulda had that first slide as a black sheep. But your picture MORE than makes up for it. Great plank sir.

Comment by Sam Ismail

campbell doesnt make fundamental mistakes like that sam, his fuckups are of a much grander scale so theyll be some reason for the blonde sheep.

maybe its meant as a visual metaphor for singapores play by the fucking rules mentality or maybe (probably) its some sheep he promised to make a star if she put out. or maybe campbell is a sheep racist? the possibilities are endless but hell come up with some fucking reason because hes a doctor in post rationalization.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’m going with Campbell is sheepist as an explanation. Either that or he’s gunning for a gig at BBfreakingH

Comment by Sam Ismail

close but 180 degree off. use your awesome fucking planning skills to work that out then sam.

Comment by andy@cynic

can sheep even be campbellists? would they even fucking want to be?

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