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Yaroslav Orlov on sources of creativity

27.07.2016 10:00

The topic of creativity and moving away from stereotypical thinking was repeatedly covered at Summer Campus 2016. Yaroslav Orlov, the creative director of the Instinct advertising agency and More agency, spoke to the Campus participants about what is behind the word “creativity” and whether there are still creative professions.

Absolutely any person can develop the skills for creative thinking, Yaroslav Orlov said. For this only the wish to do so is necessary, most of all the constant thirst to learn something new. It is possible to discover a new world around oneself every day, and it is not even a requirement to travel of use any other external stimuli. It is possible to surprise oneself constantly, Yaroslav Orlov said. “I love to use the term ‘to land on your own moon’, that is, the source of new discoveries can be your internal world and observations.”

Another important sign of creativity is the ability create ties between unexpected things, in places where it seems like there are no correlations and could never be. This is the most difficult thing, but this skill can be developed. The creative person is the one who always has questions, who thinks “but what if” and “why not”. In addition, this person never gets tired of playing, they are in the process of full immersion in the game, they change roles with ease, juggling understandings and in such a way they learn.

For those who pick advertising as their career path, Yaroslav Orlov gave an important piece of advice, always stay sincere. “Never lie,” he said. “Otherwise your message will not reach the consumer. Advertisements should not demand money from people, they should make them happy.”

Yaroslav Orlov spoke at Summer Campus twice, the second lecture was dedicated to the features of local advertising companies for international brands. Why is it that brilliant work for IKEA, which worked with success in Switzerland or Britain, will never work in Russia? Campus students learned about which advertising approaches were developed by the Instinct agency especially for IKEA Russia, about how they managed to get through to the audience’s heart and get its trust, and, most importantly keep it for 16 years.

The organizers of RANEPA’s Summer Campus are RANEPA, the government of the Republic of Tatarstan with the support of ACIG Group of Companies.

The website of RANEPA’s Summer Campus:

Media Accreditation: Dmitry Sokolov, RANEPA press secretary (tel. +7 903 788 38 02)

The Summer Campus’s general partner is Coca-Cola. The strategic partner is Johnson & Johnson. Partners are AIRR, Tatneft and ACIG Group of Companies.

The strategic information partner is TASS. The main information partner is The campus’s information agency is Interfax. The campus’s internet media is Gazeta.Ru. The campus’s journal is Forbes. The newspaper of the campus is Parlamentskaya Gazeta. The main regional information partner is Realnoye Vremya. The regional information partner is Tatar-Inform information agency. The information partner for the Republic of Tatarstan is Expert Tatarstan.

Campus partners are RBC Tatarstan, Russian News Service (Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei), Rossiyskaya Gazeta,, Tatarstan State TV and Radio Company, the weekly newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, Radio Svoboda, Kazan TV and Radio Company,, Kazanskie Vedomosti and the Strategia journal.


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Johnson & Johnson

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Strategic Media Partner


Main Information Partner


Campus Internet Media

Parlamentskaya Gazeta

Campus Newspaper

Realnoe Vremya

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  • RBC Tatarstan
  • ГТРК Татарстан
  • Rossiyskaya Gazeta
  • Radio Liberty
  • EXPERT Tatarstan
  • Strategy Journal
  • KazanFirst