New Organizers in Toronto, Indianapolis & Madrid
We’re thrilled to announce we are expanding our New Brew series! In addition to getting to know the cities and hosts behind brand new chapters, we’ll be introducing you to the new hosts taking charge of existing chapters.
Meet Altaira Northe, Toronto, Canada
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? ALL OF THEM! In all seriousness though, it’s so hard to choose. It was so incredible to meet so many amazing hosts and organizers at the CM Summit in October. And every month when I check Basecamp and the CM Facebook group, I am so blown away by everything happening in CM chapters around the world. I’d love to visit CMTO’s neighbors in Montreal, Chicago, and Milwaukee; do a tour of the Australian and NZ chapters; make a pit stop in Johannesburg and swing through Lima. Oh, and Mexico City. And Austin. And visit the rest of the Canadian chapters… And…
What excites you? In general? Science. Discovery. Learning. More than anything, learning new things and making connections between people excites me. I love to hear what other people are passionate about, and to try help them figure out how to solve problems and blocks that are keeping them from pursuing those passions.
What have you failed at? Being brave on the career front. I’m working on it though!
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill Nye the Science Guy. He is my science communication idol.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? The friendships that I’ve built in my life. I am surrounded by the most incredible and talented humans, who I feel lucky to know every single day. That, and putting myself through university.
What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Toronto? To connect CreativeMornings/Toronto attendees with speakers and topics that they would otherwise never think of connecting to. To create an atmosphere of inclusivity and wonder.
In terms of speakers themselves, I’m interested in finding amazing creatives in Toronto who don’t necessarily see themselves as “speaker material” and giving them that extra little push that they need to take the stage. I’m interested in finding creativity in unexpected places, and showcasing the struggle and grit behind the creative process.
I want to shine the light on our volunteers and attendees, and all of the things that they do outside of CreativeMornings to make Toronto a better city. I want to explore different venues and take CMTO attendees to different neighbourhoods. I want to create stronger relationships with our support partners and other organizations and events across Toronto, and also building stronger relationships with other chapters! I am so excited about the year ahead; I can’t wait to see where 2015 takes us.
Meet Brittany Mason, Indianapolis, USA
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? LONDON - It’s one of my very favorite cities: it’s full of quirky, crazy talented creatives and I’d love to see their point of view at an event first hand, then spend the rest of the day soaking in all the energy the city has to offer.
What excites you? To name a few: solving puzzles, live music, digging in the dirt, finding commonalities and connections.
What have you failed at? To name a few: liking potatoes, keeping my puzzle and game closet organized, running a second half marathon (or even 5k), watching ET, making money on any lemonade stand as a child, and making my bed this morning.
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Mr. Rogers. I watched him every day as a youngster and he always had such a kind and caring perspective of and for the world. Everyone could use a good dose of his encouragement and inspiration with their cup of coffee.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Where I’m at currently: I found a job back in the midwest (where I wanted to be), but in a city I wasn’t so sure of (Indianapolis) as I hadn’t ever really spent anytime here despite growing up only two hours away. It didn’t take long until I fell in love with this city, the people, and the combo of the two that resulted in cool people doing cool things. I’m truly happy with where I am, though I am constantly looking for new endeavors and challenges to make sure my happiness doesn’t become complacency… but just loving where you are and what you’re doing - I think that’s a big accomplishment.
What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Indianapolis?
To continue to celebrate and highlight the diversity and growth of the Indianapolis creative community. The support so far has been incredible and I’m just looking to keep that enthusiasm and excitement going.
Meet Eduardo Beotas, Madrid, Spain
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? Tabriz. I would like to know and learn from other cultures, know their vision and focus.
What excites you? The people, more than any natural landscape. I am really excited and passionate about open people, above all, with different views, cultures and visions.
What have you failed at? Many, many things, but if I have to choose one I would say “bravery.” I am not brave enough to follow my intuition and heart as I like.
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Thinking locally about Manuela Carmena, the new mayor of Madrid who won the last elections against all odds.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Running my own company during the last 12 years, beating the Spanish crisis, and designing a happy place to work for the whole team, or at least trying to design it.
What is your vision for CreativeMornings/Madrid?
Create a community to share and learn, share and learn every month from the diversity of the people.