Steve Larosiliere is a dear friend of mine and a person I truly admire: He is the founder and president of STOKED, an award winning development organization for underserved youth that seeks to inspire these teens through action sports.
In this CreativeMornings talk from November 2014 in New York City, Steve speaks about the chances he’s been given in life — about the things that happened to him and the things that happened because of him — and how each one informed his mission to close the opportunity gap and pay it forward in his community.
Have a listen. It’s well worth it.
I am really excited over the launch of our CreativeMornings GIF Channel. I include GIFs in my emails regularly. I find them often way more efficient as words. They bring lightness and fun to what otherwise would be a very serious and dry message.
We launched the GIF Channel with the help Freshbooks, one of our global partners. Check it out and submit your own GIFs! I did already.
This week, Squarespace launched Cover Pages, by far the simplest way to create a small online presence for just about anything in minutes.
To celebrate Cover Pages, CreativeMornings is running a campaign encouraging the community to create a web presence for people or organizations that should have one. Know someone in your community who could benefit from a small site? Make them a Cover Page and share their story with the world! But here’s the kicker: In the spirit of generosity, Squarespace is offering the CreativeMornings community a free year* for your Cover Page.
CreativeMornings will be featuring some of the best-ofs throughout the month of November. Get Started!
*Once you’ve signed up for a free trial, select the “Settings,” “Billing and Accounting,” and finally, “Billing.” You’ll need to enter your credit card info and the code DESIGNSOMEGOOD to receive 100% off your first year. Don’t worry, Squarespace will only charge your card when your year is up, and give you plenty of notice beforehand.
One of my favorite CreativeMornings talks went up on our CreativeMornings Podcast last Friday. It features insightful and funny lessons learned by Ben Chestnut, Mailchimp CEO and co-founder.
Kevin, my first hire at CreativeMornings shares his story and the tools required to build a thriving global creative community. Needless to say, this talk made me cry.
It’s a very exciting day here at CreativeMornings HQ: Starting today, we will be releasing some of our favorite archived talks in podcast form! We’ll be featuring the best-of the best in the first season of the podcast, while simultaneously shining the spotlight on the CreativeMornings community. Check back every Friday morning from October 2nd through December 18th for a new episode!
You can listen to it on our site, subscribe on iTunes, follow us on Soundcloud, find them on your favorite Podcast app, or download for offline listening.
The first episode is with Casey Gerald on how purpose is the new bottom line. We are off to a powerful start. Tune in! And let us know what you think!
I am loving the new and improved CreativeMornings Instagram Feed highlighting a creative person a day from around the globe. If there’s someone you think they should feature, leave a comment below. (If possible link to their CreativeMornings Profile.)
There is a lot of excitement in the air here at CreativeMornings HQ as we just soft-launched SKILLS. It is an attempt to highlight all of the creative talent in our community, by inviting anyone, in video form, to answer the question: What will you teach the world in two minutes or less? Here is one of the example videos by Adam J.K:
How To Draw A Ladder (Sort Of)
So, what will you teach the world? creativemornings.com/skills
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
In this CreativeMornings talk Elle Luna describes her path from designer to artist, following her dreams and choosing ‘must’ over ‘should’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.