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On Building a Modern Brand


Growers and Nomads was established in 2001 as a new iteration of the professional practice of Edward Leaman that had carried several names in the fifteen years before that. Edward's bio tells that story (designer and merchant became marketer became brand builder).


Reputation and Brand

The great Peter Drucker once said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” and when it comes to thinking about the relationship of brand to reputation this is what has always struck me hardest. If the strategy of a brand revolves around moving values and beliefs into the marketplace via products, processes and people, […]


Beliefs are a fundamental element for inside-out brand building. Essentially they language, both verbally and visually, the core emotional principles upon which a brand can be built. The beliefs are profound statements that speak to the potential within the idea that will become, or could be refreshed to become, a differentiated and sustainable brand. They […]

How brand speaks to opportunity

If brand is fundamentally the movement of promise made real through delivery, what kind of promise can brand make that might inspire a community of people to rally to its purpose? Brand speaks to opportunity. It posits what is possible through product or service, for profit or non profit, to make an impact on societal […]

What is brand building from the inside out?

At its core a brand speaks to a transaction and relationship between people. It is at its center an anthropological connection made tangible through a product or service made operational through process, systems, technology, data, planning, strategy and tactics. But at its heart brands are about people making an impact on the human condition.   […]