In this TED talk Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, “What makes a life worth living?” Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of “flow.”
“The internet has resulted in the biggest explosion of creativity in history.”
— Andy Baio
Watch Andy’s CreativeMornings talk.
This April, all of our whopping 49 CreativeMornings chapters around the world are hosting talks that address our theme “The Future”. It was picked by our San Francisco chapter host Erika Hall, and the talented Frank Chimero illustrated it.
Writer/artist Austin Kleon already spoke at our shiny new Austin, TX chapter. Other speakers include location software maker/explorer Amber Case (Portland), and Catherine Rohr, who founded an accelerator program for ambitious entrepreneurs with criminal histories (New York.)
To find the April event closest to you, keep your eye on CreativeMornings.com, or follow your local chapter on Twitter. As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.
I would like to express my gratitude to Squarespace, our global partner for this month. If it wasn’t for the generosity of our sponsors CreativeMornings could not be free event series.
Here’s my SXSW talk in which I speak on my path of becoming a designer in Switzerland, making the transition moving to New York and establishing my various businesses. I speak on my 11 rules and values I live by, both in my professional and personal life. In fact, I speak on the fact that I barely distinguish between the two and that my kids have been my biggest career catalysts. Enjoy! (I come on at 4:35)
Also, here’s a Recap Rap by Saul Paul.
I asked the audience during my SXSW talk to do the wave for me. Why? I realized that there were more people in the room listening to me than lived in the Swiss village I grew up in. In this fleeting moment of authority, I figured I might as well see what it would look like if my entire village did the wave. And it worked! Dave Racine was sitting in the way back and took a vine. His perspective was such much better than mine from the stage! Thank you Dave!
ps: Watch my talk here.
I am currently in Austin, Texas, attending the massive SXSW conference. I have the honor to be be giving the Keynote for SXSW Interactive which will be live streamed: Tune in here for the live stream, at 2pm Austin time, 3pm New York time or 8pm Zurich time. Today, Sunday March 10th!
UPDATE: You can watch my recorded talk here.
An absolutely impressive talk by Amanda Palmer. She believes we shouldn’t make people pay for music, but letting them pay. In this passionate TED talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan. Amanda Palmer believes we shouldn’t fight the fact that digital content is freely shareable — and suggests that artists can and should be directly supported by fans.
I can’t wait to see all the different interpretations of Money in relation to creativity. This will be interesting.
Did you see last month’s moving New York talk by Ping Fu?
Ping Fu knows what it’s like to be a child soldier, a factory worker and a political prisoner. To be beaten and raped for being born into a well educated family. To be deported and having to start over without family or friends.
She also knows what it’s like to be a pioneering software innovator, a CEO and Inc magazine’s entrepreneur of the year. To give speeches that inspire and to advise the president of the United States.
Ping Fu’s story is a story of two worlds. A story of pure human resilience.
I am truly excited to announce that CreativeMornings will be hosting unified themes across our 40+ chapters in 2013. This month, over 5,000 attendees will meet up at CreativeMornings events on six continents for speakers that relate to our January theme, “Happiness”.
Imagine 40+ local conversations all contributing to a much bigger global conversation. I truly believe that this is what will set CreativeMornings apart from any other organization and that will connect our communities across the globe. I can not wait to see how our host cities interpret the themes. Exciting times!
A big thank you to Mailchimp for sponsoring the themed month!
“Stop waiting for something to happen or for someone to give you permission to do things.”
- Kate Kendall
A quote from Kate Kendall’s CreativeMornings/Melbourne talk. Watch it here.
I enjoyed listening to Paula Scher talking about how she went about designing the new Windows 8 logo.
Design legend George Lois ended his fantastic CreativeMornings talk with powerful advice for us creative types: It’s all about being courageous. Watch it, it’s only 1:40min.
(What do you think of this new format of us sharing CreativeMornings Shorts?)
Last month, CreativeMornings/NewYork teamed up with Spectrum and invited advertising legend George Lois to the Met in celebration of the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop.
Lois is perhaps best known for the more than ninety-two covers he designed for Esquire magazine between 1962 and 1972, but he is also a prolific art director and author. A fantastic talk, by a design legend, in a humbling venue. A magical morning all around.
The 500 people event took place in The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday, November 16, 2012! George’s talk was filmed by Met staff and edited by Ben Hallman. You can see photos of the event over on Flickr thanks to Katherine Miles Jones.
Our speaker at the October 2012 CreativeMornings/NewYork was the incredibly charming, deep and thoughtful Maira Kalman. Maira is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and product designer. She has illustrated numerous covers for The New Yorker magazine and has written and illustrated more than a dozen children’s books. Her articles and illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Interview, and many other publications.
The event was generously hosted by the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.
And it’s thanks to the generous filming and editing work of Ben Hallman that you are able to watch this talk online. If you would like photos of the event, please check our Flickr set. All photos by the wonderful Katherine Miles Jones.
Hanna Brencher writes love letters to strangers. She strongly believes in the power of pen and paper and started a global initiative that encourages strangers to exchange love letters. Poetic.
TED just launched Playlists. Clustering the most watched talks around specific topics. Neat.
I was lucky enough to see this fabulous talk by NASA Astronaut Donald Pettit in person a few weeks ago here in New York at the Luminance Conference. Donald Pettit has called the International Space Station home for a total of 370 days. While there, he’s captured some of the most mind-blowing photos of space – and Earth – we’ve ever seen. In his talk Donald gives us an inside look into what it’s like to take photos of space, why bringing 10 DSLRs with him is actually necessary, and the reason why hard drives tend to fail in zero gravity.
Hey designers, book lovers and design enthusiasts; Don’t miss this weekend’s Designers & Books Fair 2012.
- Book Design at Pentagram with Michael Bierut, Abbott Miller, Emily Oberman, Eddie Opara, Paula Scher and DJ Strout (info)
- Karim Rashid in Conversation with Debbie Millman (info)
- Steven Heller and Louise Fili: A Conversation with Debbie Millman (info)
John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda’s earliest work — and even a computer made of people.
Interested in John’s thinking on leaderhip? Check out his most recent book Redesigning Leadership (Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life).