Just Asking

Where else can several thousand of us meet in the same place? To meet and discuss, to make new friends and enemies, to be inspired and jealous, to be ashamed by our shortcomings and to aspire to be better. It is ugly and beautiful at the same time, and that is perfect. —Benjamin Palmer, co-founder and president, The Barbarian Group, Boston

I’m afraid it conflicts with a competing festival in Nutley, N.J.

Well, it’s one of those rare occasions where you get to see a true world stage of creative thinking, and it can be a great motivator when you see a campaign that makes you go, “Damn, I wish I’d done that.” —I believe that my time right now is better spent hiring, recruiting, building a relationship with the creative department I’ve been put in charge of. Fallon doesn’t have a lot from Minneapolis this year. London’s our brand representative this year. The advertising festival in Cannes is a unique experience. It provides a forum for learning, to appreciate the truly global nature of our business … an uninterrupted period of time to indulge, engage and feed on great work, in what has to be one of the most beautiful settings in the world. It’s more important to me that our work gets there. —