Entries by Ryan Chimney

HINDSIGHT IS 2023

Well, I managed to survive “Move In Day” at Elon University in North Carolina.  My daughter is a newly-minted member of the Freshman Class.  Her graduation in 2023 seems a long way off.  Until it seems like it’s almost here.  Welcome to the life of a College Dad. Elon gave every new College Parent an interesting task to do […]

What Creatively Inspires You?

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams What creatively inspires you? That’s the question today. Working in media, it’s common to find ourselves constantly creating to a point where we may feel like our creative “tank” is running low.  Have you ever found yourself just staring at a screen, hoping that […]

I’M GOING ON AN ADVENTURE

How did I end up crammed in the back of a pickup truck with fourteen other people, traversing the mountainous Guatemalan countryside?  Or miles deep in the forest, following locals to a natural spring?  Or how about the market of Momostenango – overwhelmed by vibrant colors, food, and aromas?  Last February, the team and I […]

THAT OTHER SUMMER OF ’69 CELEBRATION

In what sounds like the opening line of a joke, one has to ask: “Which is harder to accomplish – flying to the moon and back, or putting on a Woodstock 50thAnniversary concert? Incredibly, while The Eaglelanded on the moon, “Woodstock 50” failed to get off the ground. Plenty of finger-pointing and paperwork filed in court, […]

Graduation and Innovation

Last week, my daughter graduated from Cincinnati Country Day High Schooland began a new chapter.  Which means I’m beginning a new chapter as well, becoming the father of a college student. As the Chief Creative Officer (and Chief Storyteller) at Upstream 360, I feel like I’m prepared, because embracing change and being nimble and agile enough to […]

DIGITAL’S DARK SIDE & SAFER MEDIA

Most digital venues are walking around with their heads down these days.  And for good reason. Make that plural. Reasons. Offensive videos, inaccurate measures of audience, less-than-transparent standards around the use of influencers, bots, and social-media accounts, to name a few. P&G’s Chief Brand Officer made headlines recently for urging advertisers to demand better quality of content and […]

MAKE IT. DON’T FAKE IT.

When it comes to things people fear most, surveys continue to show “fear of public speaking” at the top of the list.  Incredibly, our fear of standing up in front of a group and talking is so great, that (in surveys at least), we fear it even more than death! Does that mean if you go […]

PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN.

Confession time. This past week-end, I watched Glengarry Glen Ross (the 1992 film adaptation of David Mamet’s devastatingly scorching Pulitzer prize winning play), for the 20th time. Known mostly today for Alec Baldwin’s classic “coffee is for closers” speech, there is so much more to it. I’ve long admired the astonishing logic and cadence to […]

Promises. Promises.

Welcome to February, and the cooling ashes of New Years Resolutions that often go along with it. I recently overheard someone say “Why set a goal for yourself when you can make a promise, instead?” This is kind of a kissin’-cousin to the old bromide: “Goals are particulars, but promises are proclamations.” When you consider […]

The Resolution Will Not Be Televised.

I begin the year with an apology. Gil Scott-Heron famously wrote in a 1970 poem that the revolution will not be televised, and here I am shamelessly paraphrasing him to make a point about resolutions. Did anyone really think I could go 365 days without making a pun? But Scott-Heron also wrote about looking for […]