Dave Trott

Dave Trott is a creative director and the author of Creative Mischief; Predatory Thinking: A Masterclass in Out-thinking the Competition; and most recently, One Plus One Equals Three: A Masterclass in Creative Thinking. After starting his career at BMP he founded a number of agencies including Gold Greenlees Trott, Bainsfair Sharkey Trott and Chick Smith Trott. CST merged with The Gate in 2011 and Trott left the agency three years later.

A view from Dave Trott: The church's round
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A view from Dave Trott: The church's round

The Anchor of Hope Baptist Church is a fundamentalist church in Canyon, Texas.

A view from Dave Trott: Just forge ahead
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A view from Dave Trott: Just forge ahead

In 1995, Helene Beltracchi wanted to sell her art collection. Her grandfather, Werner Jägers, had bought all the paintings in 1933.

A view from Dave Trott: The answer is, it depends
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A view from Dave Trott: The answer is, it depends

In 1975, Antanas Mockus became professor of mathematics and philosophy at the National University of Colombia.

A view from Dave Trott: Jesus H Christ
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A view from Dave Trott: Jesus H Christ

Borja is a little town in Spain, with just 5,000 inhabitants.

A view from Dave Trott: Disruption is reinventing the wheel
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A view from Dave Trott: Disruption is reinventing the wheel

Michael Cicconetti was a judge in Lake County, Ohio.

A view from Dave Trott: Calling the play
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A view from Dave Trott: Calling the play

In 1985, what everyone in Washington DC wanted more than anything was tickets to see the Washington Redskins football team.

A view from Dave Trott: Killing two birds with one stoner
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A view from Dave Trott: Killing two birds with one stoner

Danielle Lei is one of 41,000 Girl Scouts. One of the main ways the organisation funds itself is the sale of cookies.

A view from Dave Trott: When the problem is the opportunity
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A view from Dave Trott: When the problem is the opportunity

Dixon Chibandi is one of only 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe.

A view from Dave Trott: Compared to Watt?
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A view from Dave Trott: Compared to Watt?

James Watt is usually credited with inventing the steam engine.

A view from Dave Trott: Backfire
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A view from Dave Trott: Backfire

The National Rifle Association spent around $30m helping Donald Trump to get elected.

A view from Dave Trott: Big data is blind faith
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A view from Dave Trott: Big data is blind faith

In 1952, the Boston Symphony Orchestra was worried about falling standards due to nepotism. They thought conductors were choosing their own students over the best musicians.

A view from Dave Trott: Move the problem up the list
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A view from Dave Trott: Move the problem up the list

Vulcan, West Virginia isn't really a town - it's too small.

A view from Dave Trott: When did rhetoric die?
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A view from Dave Trott: When did rhetoric die?

There's a story about two novice monks.

A view from Dave Trott: Well meaning doesn't mean well thought out
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A view from Dave Trott: Well meaning doesn't mean well thought out

In 1946, the head of a Unilever subsidiary had an idea.

A view from Dave Trott: Placebo advertising
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A view from Dave Trott: Placebo advertising

When I'm standing at a busy junction and the little man is red, I press a button and a sign lights up saying WAIT, so I wait.

A view from Dave Trott: When the facts don't fit, change the facts
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A view from Dave Trott: When the facts don't fit, change the facts

In 1989, Marc Lépine walked into the École Polytechnique in Quebec. He went into an engineering class and pulled out a semi-automatic rifle.

A view from Dave Trott: Investing in the emperor's new clothes
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A view from Dave Trott: Investing in the emperor's new clothes

In 1711, the debt of the government of Great Britain was out of control.

A view from Dave Trott: Flexible v inflexible thinking
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A view from Dave Trott: Flexible v inflexible thinking

My son, Lee, is a copywriter.

A view from Dave Trott: Initiative versus obedience
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A view from Dave Trott: Initiative versus obedience

An economist, Michael Housman, was working for a company selling software to help employers recruit and retain staff.

A view from Dave Trott: Diversity of thinking
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A view from Dave Trott: Diversity of thinking

When Temple Grandin was born, in 1947, she was severely autistic.