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Proposals! [for Next Year]


Nov 26-Dec 1: New York, NY
Dec 1-6: Nashville, TN
Dec 7-14: Beersheba Springs, TN




You made it! The year is almost over. It seems to have gone on forever in political time, but was as short as ever when it comes to getting stuff done. Still, it's been INTENSE so good on you, give yourself a round of applause. Strands is brought to you by YOU, because otherwise we wouldn't do it.

IT'S DECEMBER! Time to get the Christmas shopping started / done. Let us help you and submit something to the gift guide below!
Quote of the Week 
"Find out what a client wants, then find out what they need, then get them to want what they need."
— someone from Chiat/Day

Why All Man Deodorant Smells The Same

#Product #Senses #Culture 
Smell is a famous powerful at triggering responses and memories directly [it's also the only sense that stays fully awake while you sleep so you can smell fire]. Manly products smell manly - don't they? ::THE ATLANTIC::

What Advertising Tells Us About American Oligarchy

#Culture #Content #Society
Ads are a black mirror of culture and one issue of New York magazine shows us how American Oligarchs like to think of themselves. "They think they are loaded with money because they earned it, not because they are lucky or because they work in the corporate finance sector at a time when the illness of the American political system has enabled that sector to socialize its risks" ::THE GUARDIAN::

Sneks Eat Snacks

#Ads #Interest #Simples
Here is a delightful ad that is 'doing the rounds' on Twitter for...actually best not to tell you. Warning: contains snakes and is cute.  ::YOUTUBE::

ICYMI: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE >> Call for submissions!

#MakinAListAndCheckinItTwice #CelebratingNaughtyAndNice
For the past several years, we've enjoyed sending out a holiday gift guide for the creatively minded individual. Each year, it's one of our most opened, and most clicked-through newsletters. Turns out there's a lot of cool sh*t out there, huh?! But it's made possible by people like YOU telling us the coolest things you've seen/used/read/consumed this year. 

(None of these products need to have been made or released this year. Sometimes you discover a gem that's been around for ages and is only new to you. We totally get it.)

We'll be doing a holiday giveaway as well, and those who submit items for us to review will get a double entry. More on that later, but needless to say, just another incentive to take a few minutes and tell us what you think should go on our list. ::GOOGLE SURVEY:: 
Seasons Greetings!
If we can ever be of help to you, even outside of a formal engagement, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We always love getting to meet like-minded folks, so please let us know if you see we’ll be in a city near you :)

rosie & faris,
@rosieyakob / @faris
In March of 2013, Rosie & Faris left NYC. They've been #OutOfOffice for 5 years &  counting. Want more on the nomad lifestyle? Check out
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