VB&P concludes successful NxNB event


By thesanfranciscoegotist / /

Did you follow our advice and check out Venables Bell & Partners’ NxNB event? The multi-day TED Talk-ish program covered a wide array of topics from an amazing list of speakers.

The first day kicked off with a session led by Paul Venables called “Venables on Nice”. Pointing to various research studies, Paul spoke to the importance of niceness and civility in the workplace, how to create a culture of helping (aka, nice in action), and why it’s even good for business. 

Day two saw Farhez Rayani, former Lighting Technical Director at Pixar and CG Supervisor on the short film Sonder, discussed his journey prior to Pixar, and the ten years he spent at the company leading the charge on projects that leveraged emerging technology in the field. He also screened his short film, Sonder, and discussed the process of working with a team that was distributed globally for the entirety of the project.

Rebeccca Schefkind the owner of @cobythecat (a celebrity cat with over 1.7 million followers on Instagram) walked the audience through Coby’s journey to fame and her tips and tricks to achieving celebrity through social media. 

And Joyce Chen, Global Head of Production at Facebook (and former VB+P employee), screened her award-winning short film, Refugee. She followed the screening with a presentation on the making of the film.

 Day three brought Ivan Cash, Founder of Cash Studios and award-winning interactive artist and director, to discuss the importance of human connection in a digital era, emphasizing the impact small acts of humanity can have, such as writing letters or talking to fellow passengers on a plane.

Matt Rivitz, Founder of Sleeping Giants, also stopped by to showcase his groundbreaking and award-winning work to make bigotry and sexism less profitable for advertisers. 

Day four features John Antoniello, VP, Senior Group Creative Director and Jen Berry GVP, Managing Partner at Publicis Sapient, sharing their Cannes-winning work on the Dove #ShowUs campaign, a partnership with Getty Images and Girlgaze photography to shatter beauty stereotypes through more accurate representation in stock photography.

We’d be remiss not to also mention Juanita Londoño, Design Intern at VB+P, who presented her master’s thesis on the ethics of design for a packed room.

Day five finished up with Latia Curry, Principal at issue-driven communications firm RALLY, giving a thought-provoking presentation on how brands can take an effective stand on social or political issues. In addition to speaking to why taking a stand is increasingly important today, Latia covered related dos and don’ts, how to navigate the challenges that come with political stances and actions, and related opportunities for brands.

And of course in between, many, many other speakers, presentations and musical acts.

What a cool event for VB&P to put on.




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