October’s theme is Transparency!

We are a species that flourishes when we’re seen, when our work matters, and when we connect with and understand one another. What makes all of this possible is the posture of transparency—the willingness to be seen, knowing that transparency may not always be reciprocated or appreciated.

A boss sharing her vision with the team, looking your friend in the eye and telling the truth, or owning your mistakes—none of this is possible without transparency. These experiences are refreshing, and they change us because we’re used to having our shields up all of the time. It’s true it won’t always be joyful—transparency can lead to pain because truths are told and realities are flipped, but that doesn’t give merit to avoid it. Life is enormously better when we're real with each other, and it makes us wonder why we can’t always assume this posture. Transparency merely invites us to do the hard work of building meaningful relationships the right way.

The theme was chosen by our Cincinnati chapter and illustrated by James Billiter. This month, 150+ cities will lead with transparency, inviting speakers that are passionate and eager to show through stories and ideas the impact of transparency and its necessity to not only build connections, but to enable them to thrive. Some upcoming talks on #CMtransparency:

  • Simon Sinek is a best-selling author, visionary thinker, and known for popularizing the concept of Why in 2009 at his TEDx talk. (San Diego)
  • Mayor Rosalynn Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. (Grand Rapids)
  • Conrad Benner is a photographer and the Founder/Editor of StreetsDept.com, a Philly-based photo-blog that documents and celebrates street art, graffiti, and urban exploration. (Philadelphia)
  • Peter Breuer has studied design but became famous as a texter and writer. Currently he made his archive transparent which led to a remarkable new project (Berlin)