Ever since Jürgen Siebert started the CreativeMornings/Berlin chapter I have been secretly hoping for Erik Spiekermann to honor our humble organization with one of his talks. I happened! And it’s in English! Score! Hooray!
I am just so excited to be able to share our Kickstarter Campaign with you, that literally JUST launched!
After attending several conferences over the past few years, I felt like there had to be a more accessible event that was really just about bringing likeminded people together. So, I started CreativeMornings. One Friday morning a month, people in the creative community gather to hear a speaker share their story. The best part is that the coffee, the breakfast, the lecture — everything is free.
CreativeMornings was in four cities only a year ago. Now we are at 34 chapters and span six continents, thanks to our hard working hosts all around the world.
So here’s the problem. 34 chapters means 34 talks every month. We never planned for CreativeMornings to grow like this. We’ve been taping these talks all along, but as of now they are spread across the internet. It kills us that there are videos from hundreds of leading designers, artists, chefs, entrepreneurs, and no good place to see them all.
Here’s why I am turning to Kickstarter. We have the potential to create a growing archive of stories, ideas and advice from remarkable creative minds across 34 cities, but we need to start building it now.
Your support, no matter how big or little, will help us build a new home for all of the CreativeMornings content.
Please consider supporting my Kickstarter Campaign and help me make CreativeMornings better.
pssst: Check out our rewards, they are quite something.
Kelly Dobson is the mastermind behind the ingenious ScreamBody, a portable space for screaming. When a user needs to scream but is in a situations where it is just not permitted, ScreamBody silences the user’s screams so they may feel free to vocalize without fear of environmental retaliation, and at the same time records the scream for later release where, when, and how the user chooses.
June is going to be a big month for CreativeMornings, a free breakfast lecture series I started a little over three years ago here in NYC: For the first time, all 29 CreativeMornings chapters will be hosting their events under one common, unified theme: The Intersection of Arts + Technology, presented in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
The arts are often seen as a “nice to have,” especially amidst tight budgets. Yet, CreativeMornings believes that it is through mixing arts and design with other disciplines that society can foster the next generation of creative doers and makers. In an effort to stir up a global conversation, CreativeMornings has partnered with John Maeda, President of RISD and their STEM to STEAM initiative to recognize the magic that bubbles up when Arts and Tech intersect.
As part of this first-ever themed month, there will also be a special RISD pop up chapter in Providence, Rhode Island with speaker, Kelly Dobson.
Below is a short conversation we taped between John Maeda and myself when we visited RISD a few weeks back:
I feel like this themed month is pushing CreativeMornings to the next level and really ties all the 29 chapters together. And what can I say, I am thrilled for the partnership with John Maeda and his team at RISD. There’s nothing better than collaborating with people who’s work you admire, is there?
For more details on all the june events, visit creativemornings.com.
Last week’s CreativeMornings/NewYork was with Bre Pettis, co-founder and CEO of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things. He spoke on his passion of all things DIY and how you simply can’t say no when your friends say “Let’s quit our jobs and make robots!”
A big giant thank you to Ben Hallman for filming and editing the talks. We heart your intros!
I am extremely excited to share last week’s CreativeMornings talk by Simon Sinek. His talk was a touching one, definitely getting under my skin. Simon’s message is an important one and I can assure you that watching his talk is 20minutes well spent. Simon believes in a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work. Amen to that.
A big giant thank you to our videographer Ben Hallman.
Check out the video below that the CreativeMornings/Vancouver chapter, led by Mark Busse put together. It is giving us a fantastic behind the scenes look at the volunteers and overall effort of organizing the monthly lecture series.
This video put the biggest smile on my face and fills me with so much gratitude for all the CreativeMornings volunteers all around the world. Thank you Team Vancouver!
Today’s CreativeMornings/NewYork with Charles Renfro was generously hosted by Park Here, a gallery turned indoor park. It was packed and seriously fantastic. What a fun venue! A big giant thank you to the team at Open House Gallery for hosting us. Here’s a short video about the space and the idea behind it all:
Parke Here is only open for a few more days. They are starting to break it all down on the 15th, next week. If you’re in NYC, make sure to stop by asap.
A few weeks ago I traveled to Atlanta to hear Ben Chestnut’s CreativeMornings talk. Ron Dawson of Dare Dreamer Magazine interviewed me briefly, asking me a few questions on why I started CreativeMornings. And just now, he sent over the link to the above video.
So excited and thankful for Ron to put this together. CreativeMornings is entirely built on such generous gestures. We have now 22 chapters, run by close to a 100 volunteers and backed by numerous sponsors. A humbling and inspiring network of global creative types that believe that we are all contributing to something valuable – human connections.
Thank you Ron.
A few weeks ago I traveled to Atlanta to see Ben Chestnut, co-founder of Mailchimp speak at CreativeMornings/Atlanta. That was the best money I’ve ever spent on an airplane ticket. Ben talked about the history of the company and what he does as a manager to cultivate the infamous Mailchimp culture. If you are running a creative business do yourself a favor and watch the talk!
A little background info: Ben Chestnut is the CEO and co-founder of MailChimp.com, one of the most successful e-mail marketing companies around, with over 1.2 million users. They were recently featured in “Fast Company” for their non-traditional corporate culture and creative environment. Ben is one of my all-time personal rolemodels when it comes to running a creative business. Meeting him was my highlight in 2011. (Yes, I am a fan!)
Sure enough we received *a lot* fantastic video applications. It was hard to narrow it down to only three per chapter. We caved and added one more speaker to the line up in NYC. Our speakers at next week’s CreativeMornings in LA/NY are: *drumroll*
For more info on the speakers, head over to our CreativeMornings blog.
Yay for experiments and for a truly inspiring 2011!
To celebrate the end of another fantastic 2011 CreativeMornings year we thought we’d do something special and turn the mic to our audience.
We’re inviting anyone interested to apply to be a December CreativeMornings speaker in New York City or Los Angeles. Three people will be chosen (for each chapter) to give an eight minute talk.
To apply: submit a quick 60 second “talk-to-the-webcam” video telling us about you, your talk, and why you’d love to speak at CreativeMornings.
The application deadline is Nov 20th, 9pm EST. Hooray for experiments!
One of her slides in her deck really made me think. On it she asks: What quadrant are you in on this work/happiness map?
Her talk is on the topic of the growing trend called (DYO) Design Your Own Success. She wonderfully explains how important it is to say no and to smartly allocate our time and energy.
Watch it here:
Many thanks to Chris Ganser for shooting and editing this video.
What started as a humble 50-person event at Studiomates in 2009 has grown into a 17-chapter global adventure. When I first launched CreativeMornings people laughed and said no one will show up. Too early for New Yorkers. Well, I proved you wrong! We now average 250 creative folks that attend CreativeMornings/NewYork at 8.30am, one friday a month.
A big thank you goes out to my *amazing*, hardworking hosts and their team. You have to understand, everyone is working on volunteer basis. Impressive and humbling to say the least. CreativeMornings started as a reaction to the expensive and time-demanding conference world. I knew there had to be something more accessible and nimble. An event you could simply go to before heading to work. An event, that let’s you connect with people in your community. That’s what CreativeMornings stands for.
But for now, for the month of October, party along with us and tell us what we should do next! Do you have ideas for a speaker, host, venue or just simply a suggestion on how we should celebrate? Let us know! happybirthday.creativemornings.com
The speaker at the second CreativeMornings/London was Chris Bangle, formerly design director at BMW Group and now running Chris Bangle Associates. Talk about the London chapter starting off with a bang. Hat tip to the host, Drew Smith and his team!
Last week we kicked off the Sweden chapter of CreativeMornings. Richard Feigin and his team organized the first CreativeMornings/Stockholm at the supercool looking Bianchi Cafe & Cycles with Nicke Bergström, Creative Director of VICE, as the speaker. Richard and his team are breaking all video speed limits as they already uploaded the talk on vimeo, English subtitles included. A big thank you to Nisse Emil Forest Axman and Oskar Törnros for the fantastic work on documenting this event! Hat tip off to Team Stockholm!