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Cookie lady and highly qualified personal trainer for cats, Deanna Yang, founder of the delicious Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar told us about her incredible journey to opening up her own business at the age of 21! 

The morning was hosted in the lovely Q Lounge, and proudly brought to you by Curative and Gather & Hunt, with coffee and water generously provided by Coffee Supreme, Antipodes and treats from Moustache. Thanks guys!!

 You rock.

And thanks to Aria Taylor and Kaan Hiini for taking the photos - Check out the full set here: CreativeMornings /AKL with Deanna Yang »

Check out these brilliant sketches of last Friday’s CreativeMornings/Auckland with Deanna Yang done by one our talented early risers, Natasha Vermeulen. You can see more of Natasha’s work at From The Mill. Thanks Natasha!

And keep an eye out tomorrow for our photo’s of last Friday!

Creative Mornings//Auckland with Deanna Yang. 
Friday 29th October, 8:00am-9:30am
Q Theatre

Deanna Yang is this month’s exciting and inspiring CM//AKL speaker.

Deanna opened the kitchen of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar at the age of just 21. She did so with little knowledge of how to run a business; all she had to go on was her drive, determination, and a healthy dose of bravery.

Deanna’s personal dedication to following through with her dream is nothing short of impressive. She knew what she wanted to achieve, and had the wherewithal to follow-through with everything she had, despite various set-backs along the way. 

Perhaps overall the thing that allowed Deanna to open Moustache, and cross that item off her bucket list, was her courage. For this reason she is the perfect choice to talk on this month’s CreativeMornings theme of Bravery.

Read more about Deanna and register for the event here

November’s Global Theme is “Bravery” 

This November, we’re excited to announce our theme of “Bravery.” The theme was chosen by our organizer Blake Howard and the Atlanta team and animated beautifully by fabulous Stewart Scott-Curranwho created our monthly illustration.

Bravery is a word that evokes strong emotions, visions of courageous actions and bold examples of heroism. But bravery can take many forms and talks this month reflect that. Featuring powerful stories from speakers like Lumír Němec, former leader of Czech Special Operations Group (Prague) to Mike Tippett, Director of New Products at Hootsuite(Vancouver), the talks this month cover the topics of gall to gut.

In Pittsburgh, artist Vanessa German, founder of “Love Front Porch” will be speaking on how she took a stand after hearing 21 consecutive gunshots in her neighborhood and, in Moscow, journalist Linor Goralik will be talking about her collaboration with a foundation that supports designers who create clothes for disabled people.

As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.

We’ll see you in the morning.

October’s Global Theme is “Play”

This October, we’re excited to announce our theme of “Play.” The theme was chosen by our organizer Jade Tang and the Auckland team and depicted by Auckland-based James Stewart for our monthly illustration.

The speakers this month touch upon multiple aspects of play from Max Tempkin, founder of Cards Against Humanity (Chicago), Tomáš Pilař, a young Opera Director (Prague), to Jemma Kahn, the primary illustrator and principal storyteller in ‘The Epicene Butcher’ who will be performing her take on Kamashibai (Johannesburg).

As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.

Game on.

Creative Mornings//Auckland with Tanja Jade a.k.a. Misery. 
Friday 18th October, 8:00am-9:30am
The Biz Dojo

“Play” is this month’s global theme, and it’s a pretty special one for us as it was chosen by Jade & the team here at Creative Mornings//Auckland. That means that “Play” is the theme not just for us, but for every CM event around the world during October. In light of this, we are incredibly excited to have Tanja Jade a.k.a. Misery speaking.  Her work and art embody the spirit of play, so she’s a perfect fit for this month’s theme.

Renowned worldwide for her graffiti street art and fashion label, Misery has representation with New Zealand’s premiere art auction house Webbs and has held international exhibitions in Berlin, Taiwan, Melbourne, Paris and Los Angeles. Misery’s recognition has attracted endless media attention, including a half hour award winning documentary produced by Sticky Pictures. Some recent Misery collaborations include: Bitra, Anna Sui, Casio Baby-G, Telecom, Serato and Piaggio.

Read more about Misery and Creative Mornings, and register for the event here.

Rockstar farmer and head of The Big Idea Trust and The ART Venture Initiative Elisabeth Vaneveld tackled the theme of Connect at the September installment of CreativeMornings Auckland. Describing herself as an “artist of the invisible” Elisabeth mused on the need to connect your passion to your ideas, and challenge the conventional.

The morning was hosted at the brand spanking new HQ of the Curative Crew, and proudly brought to you by Curative and Gather & Hunt, with refreshments generously provided by Coffee Supreme and Antipodes. Chur!

And thanks to Kaan Hiini for taking the photos - Check out the full set here: CreativeMornings /AKL Elisabeth Vaneveld »

In July 2013 the best dressed man in Auckland, Nat Cheshire from Cheshire Arctitects, talked about the crusade to revitalise Auckland’s CBD, particularly the Britomart precinct and their latest addition to it, Milse, creating a space in which the future of the city could be defined.

Part of a global series on the topic of ‘Space’, you can check it out above or on the brand new sparkly creativemornings.com

CreativeMornings /Auckland with Elizabeth Vaneveld
Friday 27 September, 8:00am - 9:30am
Curative HQ

This month, CreativeMornings is all about Connect, with speakers covering a wide breadth of topics, ranging from capitalistic communism, Synapses and Synecdoches, to a system of electronic modules that snap together for prototyping and play. 

Here in Auckland, we’ll be enjoying the tales of Elizabeth Vaneveld, Director of The Big Idea, New Zealand’s largest on-line community in the creative sector, and leader of ART Venture, a year long development that connects creative entrepreneurs to business, education and investment backers. We think she’s perfect for this month’s Global Theme. 

Also perfectly matched to “Connect" is our new global website, which connects the various CM attendees around the world to a huge and easily accessible archive of previous talks.

The new website makes the registration process for a CreativeMorning event much easier too! 

All you need to do is create a personal profile here, then, when tickets go live on Monday 23 September at 11am, you can register with one click on the event page! Easy as pie! 

We’re sure you’ll love exploring the new site, and finding out more about the global CreativeMornings community. Tell us what you think about it when we see you next Friday!

Read more about the speaker, grab event details and register here »

It’s The Future Already… All Ready 

Survive & Thrive is New Zealand’s smart-thinking event for artists, creators, innovators, and anyone keen to use design and arts-led practice to build resilience in their career, business or organisation.

Survive & Thrive believes that it’s up to us to take charge of the disruption and fast-paced change living in the ‘future now’ brings and our line-up of local and international speakers will explore just that. 

This year, Survive & Thrive runs for TWO days and will be held on 13-14 September, at Auckland University of Technology’s (AUT) Sir Paul Reeves Building. A rich mix of inspiring world-class speakers, practical workshops, networking, one-on-one mentoring, and independent sessions led by sector organisations, makes this THE unmissable professional and enterprise development event of 2013.

Since we’re buddies with the wonderful folk behind Survive & Thrive, they’ve given us a special offer to share with our friends and followers! Discounted tickets! Who doesn’t like a discount 

All you have to do is enter the promo codes below on their Eventbrite site:

One day ticket, (Friday) usually $90, but for ya’ll $75 - promo code = ASSOC131Two Day ticket (Friday & Saturday) usually $120, but for ya’ll $105 - promo code = ASSOC132

Survive & ThriveFriday 13 & Saturday 14 September 2013 | Auckland University of Technology