Marketing Heroes Balloon Debate – who will you save?

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Update: The winner of the debate was Rory Sutherland who successfully argued that Tim Berners-Lee should be saved.  A close second was Roisin Donnelly who nearly saved P&G’s CEO A.G. Lafley.  It was a great night.

I’m attending what looks like being a very interesting and unusual debate this Thursday in London at the Marketing Society.

The premise is that a hot air balloon is losing height over the City of London and is about to crash.  Six famous marketers from the last 50 years are facing impending doom. A decision must be made about which of them to save. Chaired by balloon master Hugh Burkitt, CEO of the Marketing Society it’s going to be a fierce and passionate debate.

Here are the picks from the presenters on who to save

  • Tess Alps, chief executive, Thinkbox says John Webster
  • Rory Sutherland, vice chairman, Ogilvy Group UK and President Elect of the IPA says Tim Berners-Lee
  • David Haigh, chief executive, Brand Finance says Barack Obama
  • Roisin Donnelly, corporate marketing director, Procter & Gamble Ltd says A.G. Lafley
  • Fiona McAnena, global brand director, BUPA says Anita Roddick
  • Scott Gallacher, director, Accelerated 360 says Mark Zuckerberg

You can book for the event on 2 April at The Royal College of Physicians.  We are warned to be prepared to vote and voice our opinion. Apparently we will decide their fate!

Let’s hope in the current climate of gloom and doom we marketers can inject some fun and creative thinking into dear old London town.

I’ll be live tweeting from the event – just search for hashtags #balloon or follow @andrewgrill from 18:30 GMT+1 on Thursday 2nd April.

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