22 June is the unofficial 'India Day' at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, as four different panels consist of Indian speakers. We caught up with BBDO's Josy Paul, Leo Burnett's Dheeraj Sinha, Ogilvy's Sukesh Nayak, Spotify's Neha Ahuja, and Talented's PG Aditiya and Gautam Reghunath to get a sneak peek of their talks.
This is what Josy Paul, chairperson and chief creative officer, BBDO India, had to say:
What can the audience expect from you?
My session at Cannes Lions will reveal how deep listening, personal confessions and a sensitive understanding of context can drive creative impact in these uncertain times.
Any jargon that you're consciously going to steer clear from?
When speaking about creativity, I prefer operating from the unconscious. Consciously speaking, I’ll try to steer clear of stuff like metaverse, algorithm, and big data.
One speaker that you're looking forward to hearing from during the festival?
There are two sessions I am keen to attend.
“But Seriously Though” – Why We Need To Make People Laugh - By Andrew Robertson. The session invites us to stop taking ourselves so seriously and embrace humor to drive serious business results. How humour is one of the most effective tools in our marketing arsenal. Andrew Robertson urges everyone to at least consider having a laugh again.
Strategy Is Constipated, Imagination Is The Laxative By Rob Campbell, Paula Bloodworth, Martin Weigel
The session reviews the tools, formats, templates, and models we thought would help us, but have now become the process and the goal - a lesser substitute for the majesty of independent thinking. It has resulted in us being continually outsmarted by those who recognise and embrace the endless possibilities of imagination versus the structured world of logic. This talk is about how we can make strategy exciting again.
Paul will be on stage at 16:30 hours on 22 June at The Forum in Palais 1.
Cannes Lions 2023: Hear from the Indian speakers this year (part one)
Cannes Lions 2023: Hear from the Indian speakers this year (part two)