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Carl Ratcliff

One Green Bean


 Carl has been working in marketing for over 20 years. At agency, as advertising planner in TBWA/London, then client, as head of marketing at Channel Five in the UK, before returning to the realm of agency to manage the likes of Naked Australia in Sydney.

His experience includes a varied and vibrant mix of client, from high street lifestyle to digital retail; from myriad quests for youth, to universal appeal.

His client side experience allowed him to see the worth that marketing can deliver in terms of net outcome, whilst his leadership of agencies has provided a newfound respect for resourcefulness and a renewed evangelism for creativity.

His most recent role as CEO of One Green Bean – Australia’s most awarded social and PR agency – has allowed him to reprise a former love for insight cracking, whilst harboring fresh love for ideas that are designed to earn their own audience and media. Alex Bogusly most definitely got it right when he (almost) said, ‘You have to play to play…’. ”

Session: Theft For Thieves Like US

As a general rule, creative people strive to be more creative. And, if you’re paid to be creative, you need your creativity on tap. The quest to be original is an onerous one, however, until you realise originality is a form of remixing ideas that came before. Originality is not invention, rather is application. And success depends on the strength of a community’s ‘scenius’, not individual genius. Carl will remix Brian Eno’s scenius-philosophy for a modern audience in an effort to inspire their combinatorial creativity.