The Myth of Average

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential.

(via Katie)

Are You A Freelancer?

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Freelance life can be lonely. And it can be tough to get the recognition you deserve. That’s why CreativeMornings and FreshBooks teamed up and launched the Master Freelancer Award. It’s absolutely free to enter, just like every CreativeMornings event.

The winners will officially be able to call themselves Master Freelancers and prove it with a trophy. CreativeMornings will share their work with their global audience in every corner of the Internet. And if you win, you’ll also receive a Bamboo Spark and a free FreshBooks subscription for one year. With all the work you’re getting, you’ll be able to invoice like a boss.

The deadline is June 1st! It takes 10 minutes to enter! Go!

Entries will be reviewed by these lovely judges: Ingrid Fetell Lee (Design Director at IDEO), Josh Hansen (Creative Director, FreshBooks), Liz Danzico (Creative Director, NPR), Mike McDerment (co-founder and CEO, FreshBooks) & myself!

How to Work Less, Live More, and Thrive in the Digital Age

Jürgen Siebert, our unstoppable CreativeMornings/Berlin host just recently hosted his 50th event! All in his free time, with his team of volunteers. You can’t put a price on what he is doing for the Berlin creative community! Team HQ has so much gratitude for him and his team! SO MUCH!

The talk of that morning was by Adam Fletcher and he speaks on How to Work Less, Live More, and Thrive in the Digital Age.

Lead like the great conductors

An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for all leaders. Beautiful talk.

CreativeMornings Kickstarter

Have you ever attended a CreativeMornings? Or have you been inspired by CreativeMornings talks online or via our Podcast? Then please support this beautiful engine of generosity.

I believe in the generosity economy, but it only works, if it’s a two way street. It’s time for the givers to be heard and supported:

For the last 7.5 years we have been putting on free events around the world: Free talks! Free breakfast! Free coffee! This is only the second time in our existence that we ask our audience to give back. This means thousands of free events around the world, never asking the audience to chip in.

CreativeMornings started because I believe in the importance of meeting face-to-face and that’s what we want to do with our 1500 volunteers from around the world. We are hosting our second organizer summit this November in Austin to get our volunteer organizers together so we can compare notes and learn from each other.

Our volunteer organizers put countless hours into organizing CreativeMornings events around the world, for you, to attend for free and then enjoy the talks online. Please donate to our Kickstarter and help us make this 3 day 400 people gathering happen. In the end, it will come back to you, in the form of even better local events and a newly energized and inspired volunteer crew!

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And, if you work for a company that would like to be corporate sponsor at our organizer summit, please get in touch.

(For those of you who have organized events, you realize that the $50k we are trying to raise doesn’t even remotely cover our cost for a 400 people, three day event! It’s just a start!)

Casey Gerald: The gospel of doubt

In this moving talk, Casey Gerald urges us all to question our beliefs and embrace uncertainty. What a remarkable man.

Joe Gebbia: How Airbnb designs for trust

Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb, bet his whole company on the belief that people can trust each other enough to stay in one another’s homes. Here’s his story!

Guerilla Gardening

Richard Reynolds runs an organization called Guerrilla Gardening, fighting the scarcity and neglect of public space. I would totally have coffee with him.

What makes a good life?

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. The good life is built with good relationships.

(via Sally)

Erase The List

A great short taken out of Anthony Casalena’s CreativeMornings talk on Minimalism. Watch the full talk here.

You Don’t Get Forever

What an incredibly moving talk: After Photojojo founder Amit Gupta was diagnosed with leukemia, the community rallied to find a very rare matching bone marrow donor. After recovering, he found himself unable to resume the life he had before, and carrying a secret that took him a year to tell the world.

Amit, so much respect and gratitude for sharing your journey.

CreativeMornings: Wilson Miner

In this CreativeMornings/SF talk Wilson Miner talks about collaboration and it’s crossover with appropriation.

And if you enjoyed this talk, make sure to also watch this one by him titled When We Build from 2011.

The Museum of Four in the Morning

Rives has a contagious obsession with 4 a.m. At TED2007, the poet shared what was then a minor fixation with a time that kept popping up everywhere and turned into fourinthemorning.com.

(Thank you Emily)

How to be a predictable success

In this Do Lectures talk, Les McKeown describes the 7 stages every business goes through. Some stages you don’t want to be in. And some you want to stay in forever. This talk was just what I needed on this Monday morning.

Also highly recommend Les’ book titled Share your vision. Inspire others. Achieve the impossible.

Make a Seat The Table For An Apprentice

The idea of “every company needing to make a seat at the table for an apprentice” really stopped me in my tracks. Switzerland has an apprentice system in place for young folks that don’t want to go to college and the USA is really lacking a similar track in my opinion.

EI is a project inspired by Victor Saad’s Leap Year Project, a self-made MBA he completed in 2012. Check out more at The Leap Year Project. And here’s where you can watch Victor Saad’s CreativeMornings talk.

CreativeMornings: Paula Scher

I am thrilled to share Paula Scher’s CreativeMornings talk in which she takes us through different types of ink she’s worked in and the way she feels about them.

You can see all the talks on INK, last month’s global theme, over on the CreativeMornings theme page.

Paula Scher’s event was generously hosted by the MoMA.

The Fringe Benefits of Quitting

We don’t celebrate stopping things, changing our paths, or our minds. Just the opposite. We celebrate finishing things. In our race to finish–in our race to win–we underestimate the benefits of stopping. In this talk, Liz Danzico puts quitting under the microscope and consider its fringe benefits.

CreativeMornings: Elle Luna

In this CreativeMornings talk Elle Luna describes her path from designer to artist, following her dreams and choosing ‘must’ over ‘should’.

A Tale of Two Americas

What an incredibly powerful talk by Anand Giridharadas. Do yourself a favor and take 19minutes to watch this.

Makers of Things

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Powerful quote from Dave Peth’s CreativeMornings talk.

CreativeMornings: Lulu Miller

I was lucky enough to attend this absolutely charming and inspiring DC CreativeMornings talk by Lulu Miller in person. Titled Catapulting Pellets of Chance into your Stupid Head, Lulu shares her lessons on crafting remarkable stories by accommodating chance in your creative process. Do yourself a favor and watch it. You won’t regret it.

Emails I Like To Open

Out of the Ordinary Newsletters

CreativeMornings just launched a campaign highlighting Out Of The Ordinary Emails featuring exceptional newsletters about creative obsessions. They’re hoping it will inspire others to start their own.

Know some newsletters they should add, submit them. Or better, get inspired and start your own!

Hat tip to Karen Baker who so masterfully has curated this (growing) list.

Being Defined by What the Create

“We have to stop being defined by what we own, and start being defined by what we create.”
— Mark Stevenson

Watch the CreativeMornings talk this quote is from.

How to make hard choices

In this TED Talk Philosopher Ruth Chang speaks on how we we go about big hard choices the wrong way. Anyone who ever had a hard time making a difficult decision will enjoy this talk.