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Celebrating 100 cities and beyond!

Infographic by Yoko Sakao Ohama

Tina tells me that the very first CreativeMornings event was a disaster. The elevator was broken, the coffee was late and the breakfast was questionable. That was late 2008, and boy am I glad she didn’t call it quits after the rocky start.

We systematically overestimate the value of access to information and underestimate the value of access to each other. –Clay Shirky

This month, we celebrate CreativeMornings breaking 100 cities, a milestone neither of us saw coming when we first sat down to plot our modest expansion goals. By the numbers, there have now been 1,062 free events thanks to 567 volunteers and over a thousand sponsors around the world. Today, more than 10,000 people register every month to meet face to face at CreativeMornings in their cities.

If you ask any volunteer why they put in their time, my hunch is that few would say that it’s to boost these figures. Our Toronto organizer may have put it best in September:

Sometimes it’s one person in the room of 200 that needed that talk at that moment, but it kind of makes the 50 hours that went into organizing that event worth it. –Kyle Baptista

On behalf of the team at headquarters in New York and the wonderful family of organizers worldwide, thank you for being a part of this. If you ever left one our events with a new perspective, if you ever made a new friend at CreativeMornings, or if you ever felt motivated to start a new project after a great speaker metaphorically punched you in the gut, our job has been well worth it.

Here’s to the future! (And world domination.)

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