Sky lounge – 30 floors up #UNESCOconf

17 Nov

At the top of the hotel – is the sky lounge – it feels like you are flying – up in the air – there is no balcony – but that does mean one thing – people are smoking in an enclosed space – shame – it clouds the view – and my desire to want to stay up here – forgot how unusual it is to see someone smoking inside – not being judgemental – just how quickly I had got used to rooms being not smoky – Am here taking time out before the day tomorrow.

We will be visiting the tourism bureau and then skyping in to York Business week at FERA.

Both Kersten and I will be interviewed live by James Alexander before he gives his keynote. We have done the Skype test, and I am looking forward to chatting and taking questions from the floor – about how things are going here.

Today has gone really well. The promo video went down really well and we both delivered a really strong and punchy pitch. We had 32 slides in 8 minutes, which meant we had each slide for no more than 15 seconds – a great way to use it. For those of you who know me – I am not a big fan of death by PowerPoint. At all. Then we finished with the 2 minute edit of the film. So a good strong and clear narrative.

All the delegates got the full version of the movie, and the designed booklet by The Beautiful Meme, plus the city document in both English and Korean.

So basically. That part of the job has been done, and actually judging from the feedback, post the event, it was extremely positively received. People have told us that the pitch was strong and clear and made them want to visit York.

So as I mentioned, a break in the sky lounge and a view for half an hour, on my own, allowing me the time to reflect, think, and write this post.

Catching up on work emails has been great too – amazing reviews for Blackbird which opened on Tuesday at The Tron in Glasgow. Four stars all round from the Glasgow Herald and The Scotsman. So again – well done all team Pilot from across the world, once more. Makes me really proud to work for the company – and to be able to work with such talented and creative teams.

In other news I am falling in love just a little bit more with this city. Went out for a walk and this is what I found out –

Seoul is incredibly clean, well lit, large, full of very clean cars, expensive bars, and with lots of younger people out, eating and sitting in windows of brightly lit restaurants. Apparently there is about 6% growth here at the moment, and the creative and cultural sector and its spin off industries are driving this at the moment.

There is a buoyancy here which is invigorating. It gives you energy and quickens your pace. It certainly isn’t sluggish. People walk with purpose, quickly and with intention. People smile. They make eye contact. They are friendly.

I like this. Yes there is a definite heart in this Seoul…


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