New Organizers in Valencia, Tel Aviv and Turin
Meet Marcel Kalveram, Valencia, Spain
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? I’d like to visit the CreativeMornings chapter of San Francisco. I think they have a very tech-savvy and forward-thinking community, and their presentations have an impact not only on the local crowd, but on the global community as well. I think I could learn a lot by visiting an event of this chapter one day.
What excites you? An interesting question. Most of the stuff that excites me is related to business, leadership, public speaking and of course, web technologies. I’m very curious about the whole start-up scene (which in my hometown of Valencia is thriving), and watching the movement as it continues to grow.
On a personal level, I’m most excited about figuring out ways to improve my routine, live a healthier lifestyle, and become more efficient at work, something which from my experience is a topic for very deep and long conversations.
What have you failed at? I definitely failed at school. I was a bad student, and at the age when others already realized they had to give it their all in order to graduate, I was still a lazy daydreamer. Later I dropped out of school and took an alternative route to eventually get access to university.
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? I think Martin Varsavsky would be a fantastic guest, although he’s not a local. I follow his stuff on Twitter, and love reading his opinion about stuff and the way he approaches life.
The fact that he created a fantastic alternative to paid wireless services (Fon) out of an everyday problem inspires me, and I think his entrepreneurial achievements would inspire a lot of people in the audience as well.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? That’s probably the half marathon I ran in October 2012, something which I trained for months in advance. I was extremely focused, not missing a single exercise over a long period of time. I hope to repeat the procedure this year when preparing for the Marathon of Valencia in November 2015.
What’s your vision for CreativeMornings/Valencia? I want to get to know the people of the city much better. I want to hear what their visions are and what they struggle with. I want to hear what they are working on, and see how Creative Mornings can fit in in order to create synergies between potential partners, and make people talk more about opportunities and ways out of the crisis.
I want CM Valencia to become a source of inspiration where people get together once a month and go to work afterwards full of enthusiasm and positive energy.
Meet Natalie Shell, Tel Aviv, Israel
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? Helsinki - because it seems like such a cool place. I love their design / aesthetic and what better ‘excuse’ than meeting some of this awesome community? And of course, always more than happy to visit NY and get to meet Tina and the awesome team at CM HQ!
What excites you? In life? Great conversations with people, really good food, really good coffee. All three together - even better!
What have you failed at? Hah. I fail regularly but sometimes I get better. I have failed at clay, at work (frequently and sometimes with license), at relationships, at parenting, at trying to turn the blog apartmentdiet.com into a thriving business…I still can’t say I LOVE it but failure, or rather, discovering what doesn’t work (to borrow Edison’s idea) does seem to be (sometimes quite annoyingly) part of success.
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Alive or Dead? Dead, Douglas Adams for sure. Alive, I’d say Malala Yousafzai and Tracy Emin.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Personally, I want to say our son, Luke.
Professionally, getting to work on start up Wix.com from the early days and seeing it grow to an IPO-stock-listed company, and finishing my book of short stories “The Wedding Virus & other snippets” and publishing it two weeks ago come in at a pretty close tie.
What’s your vision for CreativeMornings/Tel Aviv? My vision is a joint one with my co-organizers Einat Biran and Leehee Goldenberg.
We want to give Tel Aviv’s various creatives a platform to connect and meet together regularly, and we love that it also gives us the opportunity to spread good news from this region.
Meet Roberto Maria Clemente, Turin, Italy
Which CreativeMornings chapter would you like to visit and why? Lima, Perú. Talking about my fascination towards urban environments, I regularly quoted Lima as a city where I have never been, but that for some unconscious reason it makes me wonder “What’s going on in Lima?”
What excites you? The power of magic in the accidental meeting of people, and what could come out in terms of creative ideas, without any possible predictions.
What have you failed at? Being a perfectionist. And I definitely love mistakes and “wrong solutions.”
Who would be the ultimate CreativeMornings speaker? Marcel Duchamp.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Forgetting past achievements.
What’s your vision for CreativeMornings/Turin? Opening a window in the city and make fresh air circulating.