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For May’s CreativeMornings we gathered at AUT, where we got to talk about Reality with Anna Jackson.

Massive thanks to our awesome speaker, our generous venue host, our supporting partners Curative & 3rdeye Recruitment, our breakfast partners Coffee Supreme, Antipodes Water Company, Forage + Bloom and The Collective and our dedicated team of volunteers!

And thanks to Jess Holdaway and Juanita Madden for capturing the day.

Check out the full photo set here

Because CreativeMornings is all about bringing people together over yummy breakfast treats and great coffee, we’re going to make this months session a Pink Ribbon Breakfast too! 

We’ll pop a donation box at our registration desk tomorrow morning so if you would like to support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation raise a few dollars towards cancer research bring a coin or two along with you.

Urzila Carlson, our speaker from last months CreativeMornings shares her thoughts on this fabulous cause here. See you tomorrow!

We know the importance of rehydration in the early hours, and we’ve got you covered at this months CreativeMornings. 

Coffee Supreme will have a fresh brew to wake you up, Antipodes are keeping us all refreshed with their world class water, and Hannah from Forage + Bloom will have a herbal tea infusion ready to send you off into the day right.

Huge thanks to all our partners, you make us human in the morning!

We’ve got a whole bunch of yummy breakfast treats lined up for you at this Friday’s CreativeMornings with Anna Jackson, all thanks to our fantastic partners, so bring your appetites! 

The Collective crew will be sampling their newly launched, delicious ‘Just Greek’ yoghurt, and have teamed up with their buds at BLUE FROG Breakfast to create some scrumptious combinations. 

And our wonderful hosts, Auckland University of Technology are putting on a sweet spread of mini bagels and croissants to chow down on too.

Yum. Yum. YUM! YUMMMMM. 

CreativeMornings with Anna Jackson
Friday 27 May, 8.00am-9.30am
Conference Room, WA Building, AUT University

Last month CreativeMornings was all about risk — and the circumstances and perspectives that exist in order for us to take one. This month, we’re delving deeper into those circumstances and defining our realities. Reality, on the surface, feels so tangible; so concrete. But, in reality, it isn’t quite so simple. Our existence is made of several truths, always shifting under our feet.

Our speaker for this month, Anna Jackson, explores these apparent truths, helping their visibility in some cases, manipulating them in others to suggest alternate realities. A wearer of many hats, Anna is a professional collaborator, researcher, teacher and learner. Her curiosity and tendency to say yes has led to an involvement in a very diverse range of creative endeavours, such as co-founding documentary initiative Loading Docs, co-directing Transmedia NZ, blogging for The Big Idea, creating transmedia content and strategy for the theatrical production Pure and Deep and working with the Arts Foundation’s crowdfunding platform, Boosted.

Anna is now a lecturer at Colab, the ‘collaboratory’ for Design and Creative Technologies at AUT. Her current work explores the future of public media in New Zealand in a post-broadcast, multiplatform environment. She is also keenly interested in expanded documentary and interactive and immersive storytelling.

Join us on Friday 27 May as Anna talks about capturing reality and warping it. 

Registration opens here at 11am, Monday 23 May.

For April’s CreativeMornings we gathered at Studio One Toi Tū, where we got to talk about taking Risks with comedian Urzila Carlson.Massive thanks to our awesome speaker, our generous venue host, our supporting partners Curative & 3rdeye Recruitment, our breakfast partners Coffee Supreme, Antipodes Water Company, Forage + Bloom and The Collective and our dedicated team of volunteers!And thanks to Jess Holdaway and Juanita Madden for capturing the day.

Check out the full set here

May is Reality

Last month was all about risk — and the circumstances and perspectives that exist in order for us to take one. This month, we’re delving deeper into those circumstances and defining our realities. Reality, on the surface, feels so tangible; so concrete. But (to, perhaps cheaply, use a turn of phrase), in reality, it isn’t quite so simple. Our existence is made of several truths, always shifting under our feet.

The theme was chosen by our Belo Horizonte chapter, illustrated by Craig Ward, and presented in partnership with Shutterstock. This month, 141 cities are tackling the elusiveness of reality (or maybe just giving us a good, old-fashioned reality check) at breakfast events with speakers including:

  • Melizarani T.Selva, a spoken word poet and storyteller curious in cultural taboos and identity (Kuala Lumpur, their first event!)
  • Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz, a Holocaust survivor of Birkenau, a woman’s camp in Auschwitz (Charlotte)
  • Angad Bhalla, an interactive storyteller who uses film to call attention to voices we rarely hear (New York City)
  • Shachi Kurl, a public policy analyst working to encourage a better understanding of how trends and issues affect our lives (Vancouver)

With more than 80 million photos, vectors, illustrations, videos and music clips—and thousands more added daily, Shutterstock provides the building blocks for great creative work. Together with CreativeMornings, Shutterstock supports conversation, community, and professional development for creative people worldwide. Shutterstock also offers 20% off standard accountsto the entire CreativeMornings community. They also have some thoughts on alternative realities, so be sure to check out their own blogpost about the theme.

Are You a Master Freelancer?

Freelance life can be lonely. And it can be tough to get the recognition you deserve. That’s why CreativeMornings and FreshBooks are launching the Master Freelancer Awards.

It’s time to show us your best piece of freelance work — the website you designed that bends the rules, the photo you took that made it on that billboard, the copy you wrote for the poster that went viral — and tell us why you rock the freelance lifestyle. It’s absolutely free to enter, just like every CreativeMornings event.

The process is simple: fill out this entry form and you’re in the running. Oh, and for the duration of the campaign, we’ll send you words (okay, maybe some gifs!) of encouragement, because we know that as a freelancer, you sometimes don’t get enough of ‘em. Don’t worry, you got this! (Not a freelancer but still want some motivation? Sign-up for the newsletter anyway!)

We’re accepting submissions through June 1st, 2016. Winners will be announced at the end of June. They will receive a trophy AND a free FreshBooks subscription for one year. With all the work you’re getting, you’ll be able to invoice like a boss!

You can read the full press release here.

CreativeMornings with Urzila Carlson
Friday 29 April, 8.00-9.30am
Studio One Toi Tū

As a community of creatives, entrepreneurs, community organizers, and out-of-the-box thinkers, we’re no strangers to taking risks. We tend to be comfortable with (or simply inspired by) taking chances in the face of uncertainty.

But what drives these decisions and what’s at stake? What are we gambling with when we take these blind, scary, unpredictable leaps? How do we, as individuals and as communities, tackle the insecurity and instability that come with risk?

South African born comic Urzila Carlson has a few answers. Urzila risked it all, throwing in her day job to chase a career in comedy. After taking to the stage for the first time in 2008, she has since racked up an impressive array of awards for her stand up including ‘Best Female Comedian’ at the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 NZ Comedy Guild Awards and the coveted TV3 PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD at the 2013 and 2014 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

She has made numerous TV appearances in New Zealand on TV shows such as A Night at the Classic, The Comedy Christmas Cracker with Rhys Darby, AotearoHA!, Jono and Ben at Ten and of course as a regular panelist for TV3’s hit show 7 Days.

She has had 6 sold out solo seasons (2010 - 2015) at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. She was invited to Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2013, 2014 & 2015 by international comedy promotional giants Live Nation where she had hugely successful sell out seasons and appeared on the televised Oxfam Comedy Gala and Comedy Up Late. She also toured through New South Wales and South East Asia with the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow 2015.

Join us on Friday the 29th April at Studio One Toi Tū to hear about Urzila’s journey from South Africa to New Zealand, day job to dream job. Registrations open Tuesday 26th April at 11am.

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