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New organizers in Bandung, Columbus, Wellington, and Annecy

CreativeMornings is reaching new creative communities around the world!

We’re so excited to introduce you to the organizers of new chapters in Bandung, Columbus, Wellington, and Annecy!

Big hugs and high-fives to our generous volunteers for organizing free monthly events for people to connect and celebrate the diverse talents and backgrounds within their cities.

Meet Rice Tee, Bandung

Rice Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why?

Every single Asian-territorized CreativeMornings — I specialize in the Asian creative industries, therefore the first entry to tap the new network is simply to go to one CreativeMornings to meet these buzzing, exciting, fresh audience — and bam! — the magic happens! Also whoever could promise a better brewed coffee than the BDG chapter (it’s a challenge. Who’s accepting? Hahaha).

What excites you?

Working with youths who are receptive, full of self-initiative, ambitions, and amicable personalities. Working, mentoring, and being with them to work towards a greater good is immensely satiating for my own sanity, I just can’t explain the feeling post-event or post-meetup!

Describe the work you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

Culture has been the strength and vice of my mission. I’ve researched about cultural diplomacy, pop culture, cultural values, and bridge it to practical matters of where I am. Currently, being based in Bandung, or the greater Indonesia in general, I see a serious lack of respect to our own culture where we’re ambushed and swayed with multiple external cultural imports. Where’s the pride? To revive the pride so the next generation won’t be ashamed of saying, “I’m from Indonesia and that’s my culture!” I’m putting back the essence of cool to a cultural entity of Indonesia (and hopefully a few more in the years to come). Naturally, to be cool is a big criteria to be a pop culture.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker?

Our Bandung Mayor for the Transparency theme! He dubs himself “The Caretaker of Lovely Bandung”, who’s also an architect by his profession, co-founder of Bandung Creative City Forum (BCCF - our community partner too!), and an advocate to all things creative. Being a mayor, though, means there are a lot of protocols and he’s simply not a creative we can swing by and take his time… Mayor Emil, if you’re reading this, holler us on Instagram and we’ll fit your schedule to our theme!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Waking up early without the need of coffee to classes or to a CreativeMornings now. Haha! That, and to have juggled lecturing seven college courses between two cities within one semester, an all time record. Not sure if I can do that again.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Bandung?

Now that my mission has been accomplished to have BDG be part of the CreativeMornings map, it’s also part of the independent global city branding. I got this huge local pride being a resident in BDG now, in the very movement of the creative buzz; getting UNESCO to approve the city’s plea in becoming the creative city of design means there is something we need to sustain and maintain the title itself! Knowing that there’s a global flag in the local hound, it’s one start to keep the ecosystem going - if you’re not going to pay for the creatives for free exposure and photos, at least let us entertain our kin by having free knowledge exchange, breakfast, and a hella good morning to give back to the community.

Meet David J. Staley, PhD, Columbus


Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why?

I believe I’d like to visit the Grand Rapids chapter. I’ve never been to Grand Rapids, but understand that it is an arts and design hotbed, and I am drawn to such places.

What excites you?

Learning something I never knew before. I think of myself as a pathologically curious person, and so seek out anything that can expand my mind.

Describe the work you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

If I had to find one word to describe all of the things I do it would be “educator.” Quite aside from my teaching at Ohio State, I am also very active in the community as an organizer of a number of conversations. It is one of the reasons I was attracted to CreativeMornings and hoped to be a host: to begin a community conversation around creativity.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker?

Watson, or AlphaGo.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Personally, raising two sons (and I suppose it would also be still playing competitive soccer at age 53). Professionally, it would be receiving an academic appointment in three quite disparate disciplines (history, design, educational studies). I view that achievement as a mark of my curiosity.

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Columbus?

I once said in my TEDxColumbus talk that cities can act as incubators of creativity by mashing up together people from different disciplines, professions, and stations in life. The novelty that is creativity and innovation comes from connecting two disparate ideas, or from connecting two people who did not realize they needed to be connected. I see CreativeMornings/Columbus as just such an incubator for our city. I hope to draw to our monthly breakfast a wide and eclectic group and see what emerges when they are mashed up together.

Meet Alise Flannery, Wellington


Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why?

I’d like to visit the chapter where this all started, and a city I have am yet to visit, the wonderful New York! Other great opportunities would include those who are in vastly different cultures to us in New Zealand like Dubai, Helsinki, and Cape Town.

What excites you?

The beginning of a new day! Each day comes with the ability to start again, to do more of what you love, to find a new challenge or smash an existing goal.

Describe the work you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

I’m a Creative Designer, my work is about helping businesses and organisations solve problems in creative and engaging ways to deliver on strategic outcomes.

The impact I’m trying to make is to educate those around me on the value design can add, and to bring design thinking into the day-to-day business environment.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker?

I’m constantly inspired by both Cleo Wade and Jessica Walsh - I have been lucky enough to hear them both share their business and creative stories, there are so many great outtakes for our creative community.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Gaining the license for CreativeMornings/Wellington with the help of my two amazing co-hosts was a huge achievement. Aside from that, finishing my Honours degree and getting my first job were also huge milestones - there are a definitely a few more planned too!

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Wellington?

As a team our vision for CreativeMornings/Wellington is to create a collaborative community for sharing ideas to fuel our personal and professional projects. To us, CreativeMornings is an environment to support and encourage all creatives in their missions of awesomeness.

Creative Mornings Wellington from Alise Flannery on Vimeo.

Meet Julie Huguet, Annecy


Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why?

Even though I don’t speak Spanish, I really would like to visit Mexico’s chapter. The team always gives a positive atmosphere to their conferences which are so colorful and creatives!

And of course, I would like to attend NYC and San Diego events because I really like their speakers! Oh, you asked me to choose? Sorry I can’t!

What excites you?

Breakfasts, wake surf, travel, creative people, startups, people who try to change the world.

Describe the work you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

I am working hard to create my company which is a win/win business model to help creative people and communication specialists to do business together.

Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker?

They inspired me and I would like to share all their positives ideas and actions: Paul Duan, Emmanuelle Duez and Joël de Rosnay.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My son! He is a one life project and I am sure that I will always be proud of him!

What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Annecy?

I hope CreativeMornings/Annecy will be known as an inspiring event with a warm atmosphere. I would like to help the local creative community to grow, share their experiences, and eventually do business together.

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