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The sky is Chrome Blue. The sky is also the limit when it comes to the things we’ll do to bring fame and fortune to your brand. Depending on who you ask, “blue-sky thinking” is either thought that has no basis in reality or thought that is so visionary and open-minded that it borders on genius. Depending on your frame of reference we think it can be both, which is why we’re always looking to the stratosphere for inspiration.


What did last summer’s rolling blackouts have to do with water?

A lot, as it happens.

@Sammy_Roth explains in the latest edition of Boiling Point, our climate and environment newsletter:

100 Million earth-friendly machines need to be built and installed to meet the #ClimateCrisis, says @GriffithSaul. For you businesspeople, that means millions of opportunities to build millions of brands that make millions of dollars in #TheTransformation.

It's the annual Earth Day March of the Greenwashing Brands. Trouble is, now the #ClimateCrisis is getting serious and customers will be taking a closer look to see if true #ClimateAction comes with the words.
#TheTransformation is here. h/t @MichaelEMann

When an insurance brand with a reputation as strong as @SwissRe says you should be worried about the costs of #climatechange, you might want to take note. #ClimateCrisis #TheTransformation #ClimateAction

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