Purpose Is the New Bottom Line

Watch Casey Gerald deliver a powerful speech inspiring all of us to give a damn. He received the first standing ovation in CreativeMornings/NYC history. Trust me, watching this is 20 minutes well spent.

CreativeMornings: John Forté

In this beautiful CreativeMornings talk, former Fugees band member, John Forté shares his story, from his humble beginnings, to his successes, his 7 years in jail and to where he is now. This is the first time we had a musician perform on stage at one of our New York events. For me, it’s been one of the most magical CreativeMornings I had the chance to experience to date.

(Big thank you to the AV team at Google in providing Ben with some extra awesome footage for this video)

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.

CreativeMornings: Elle Luna

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

Makers of Things

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Powerful quote from Dave Peth’s CreativeMornings talk.

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.

CreativeMornings: Lucien Zayan

Lucien Zayan is one of my all-time favorite people here in NYC. Last month he spoke on the theme of UGLY at our CreativeMornings/NewYork.

Hard to believe, but it was his first time speaking in public. He won the 200+ crowd over instantly. You could literally feel everyone’s heart open up. In his talk, Lucien is telling the story of The Invisible Dog, the artist space in Brooklyn that I am lucky to call my new work home in another 36 days.

The world needs more people like Lucien, who see beauty where others can’t. NYC is a better place because of him.

Elevated Game

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My favorite quote from Steve Larosiliere’s CreativeMornings talk.

Maria Popova: 7 Things I Learned

As part of CreativeMornings‘ fifth birthday last year, my friend Maria Popova talked about 7 things she’s learned. I keep coming back to this one. Here’s the blog post she wrote based on the mini talk she wrote the day before and based her talk on.

CreativeMornings: Anthony Casalena

Founder and CEO of Squarespace, Anthony Casalena gave a thoughtful talk on Minimalism at CreativeMornings/NewYork last week. Really thrilled to share it here. Give it a listen.

Freedom

Last month CreativeMornings celebrated the theme of “Freedom”. To get in the mindset of the theme, team CreativeMornings worked with global partner Shutterstock and created a few short videos depicting quotes from past CreativeMornings talks using assets from Shutterstock’s robust collection of over 1.5 million clips.

The “Freedom” theme was chosen by the Budapest chapter, and the theme illustration was by Kesley Dake. Now that CreativeMornings has grown to 82 cities around the world, it’s really fantastic to see how all the different chapters interpret a theme. You can view all of the uploaded talks and quotes on the theme page.

If you’re into music, you might enjoy our Freedom playlist, put together by our Washington, DC DJ-in-residence. If you’re more the reading kind, check out our Freedom book list.

Wanted: CreativeMornings Design Intern

CreativeMornings Design Intern

Team CreativeMornings is looking for a paid summer design intern.

Cindy Gallop: Make Love Not Porn

Cindy Gallop is a modern day hero in my book. The work she is doing with her company Make Love Not Porn is nothing short of courageous and oh-so-incredibly-important in this day and age. As a mother of two, I want her message to spread. People need to understand the difference between porn and real world sex.

When you’re done with the talk, check out her site, makelovenotporn.tv.

Art makes data sticky

Laurie Frick is a data artist. She uses self-tracking data to construct hand-built works and installations to imagine a time when sensors track and predict our behavior: Hear her talk about her work in this CreativeMornings talk.

CreativeMornings in Copenhagen, Rio + Charleston

squarespace unlocking new cities

CreativeMornings is searching for three outstanding organizers who want to bring CreativeMornings to: Copenhagen (Denmark), Charleston (USA), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). To kickstart these chapters, the chosen organizers will each receive a $1000 (USD) starter sponsorship from Squarespace for their first events.

In the last five years, 71 volunteer teams have hosted over 1000 free CreativeMornings lectures to create an open, accessible space for their local creative communities to meet up and share ideas. Interested? Learn more here.

A Dreamer’s Childhood

From Idaho to Haiti, Justin Lyon of Yo Gabba Gabba! speaks on building self-esteem, celebrating the weird, and Biz Markie while speaking at CreativeMornings/Los Angeles. With a simple wish of helping foster creativity in youth, Yo Gabba Gabba! has continued to amaze and garner awards as one of the zaniest, unconventional children’s shows that is just as appealing to kids as it is to adults.

Rebel Wisdom

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Shutterstock, our official CreativeMornings partner for visual inspiration, created a set of beautifully illustrated posters based on CreativeMornings talk quotes. They totally made me smile. See them all here.

San Francisco, Boston and Milan!

CreativeMornings looking for new hosts

Do you live in San Francisco, Boston or Milan? If so, you should know that CreativeMornings is looking for new organizers!

CreativeMornings began to spread from NYC to new cities in 2009. Among the first chapters to come on board were San Francisco, Boston, and Milan. After almost 100 free events in these cities hosted by volunteer organizers and their teams, it’s time to pass the torch.

We’re getting some help from our friend, Freddie at MailChimp! Each new organizer will receive a $1,000 (USD) starter sponsorship from MailChimp for their chapter’s first event.

Interested? Or, know the right person? Send them here.

Every (Creative) Parent Should Watch This Talk:

In this short CreativeMorning talk Jonnie Hallman talks about how his father’s work has turned him into the maker he is today. As a parent and a maker this talk really moved me. Every (creative) parent should watch it.

Heart

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Stop shooting, We love you

(the sound is not all that good, just hang in there, trust me, it’s worth it)

Wow. This is hands down one of the most powerful talks of CreativeMornings’ month around Bravery: Vanessa German speaks at our Pittsburgh chapter on how love is the only way to stop violence and hate. Everything she knows about bravery, she says, she learned through love and love is what is helping her stop the shootings in her neighborhood.

Vanessa is an actress, playwright, sculptor, performer and educator. She is the founder of, “Love Front Porch” and Homewood’s Art House, and the “STOP SHOOTING, WE LOVE YOU” yard signs.

Vanessa German is one brave woman.

Max Temkin

In this CreativeMornings talk Max Temkin explains why he thinks the often heard advice “do what makes you happy, follow your dreams” is complete BS.

Max is the co-creator of the hilarious and beloved party game for horrible people, Cards Against Humanity. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

Are you a pleasure to have around?

“The person who gets the gig is the person who knows how to hang. Nobody hires you because you’re the best musician.”
— Larry Legend.

Watch my studiomate Larry Legend’s CreativeMornings talk.