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October 25, 8:00am • The Riveter • part of a series on Flow

Creativity is good for business, bad for robots

Welcome to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With AI, machine learning, autonomous cars, and advanced robotics upon us, it may feel like humans are headed for redundancy. Creativity is our saving grace. And it’s a limitless resource. We can nurture it, grow it, and sharpen it as a tool.

Our ability to be creative helps us thrive. What is creativity? The dictionary defines it as ‘the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of artistic work.’ At CreativeMornings, we think that’s outdated.
Creativity is not just the domain of artists and designers. It lives at the heart of engineering, math, science, marketing, teaching, politicking, medicine, parenthood—in short, just about anything that humans endeavor to do well.

Creativity propels us to ask, 'what if?’ and 'why not?“

Creativity pushes society forward with new ways of thinking and solving big problems.

Creativity greases the wheel of innovation and profitability.

We’re likely preaching to the choir. Creativity has become the biggest buzzword in business over the last decade. But unlike your boss’s favorite corporate-speak-lingo, creativity has weight. 

In the World Economic Forum’s reporting on the future of work, creativity is a consistent thread for many of the top job skills needed in 2020 and beyond.

An IBM study of CEOs, ranked creativity as the number one factor for business success—winning out over management discipline, integrity, and vision. But, even while waxing philosophical about the future, many CEOs don’t believe their companies are “creative” enough.

Unfortunately, most companies have trouble embracing creativity as an operating principle. The sad fact is that our day-to-day working lives don’t always allow us to exercise our innate creativity. (Even those of us in traditionally “creative” fields experience this.) We’re too busy adhering to protocols, drowning in administrivia, or struggling to find time for deep work between meetings-about-meetings.

What are well-meaning leaders supposed to do? One of the significant ways to start walking the creative talk is to offer your people opportunities for flexibility and inspiration outside the four walls of the office. Ingenuity requires space, both physical and mental. Releasing your people into the wild to bounce ideas off of others, learn something new, hear about other industries, or be exposed to art and music is good for business. This exploration not only makes for happy employees, but it also greases the wheel of creativity.

That’s the philosophy behind CreativeMornings. Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome. These free, monthly events offer a twenty-minute talk by a local speaker plus coffee and breakfast. Organized by volunteers, these events bring together the most supportive folks in town. They come to get inspired but leave feeling a deeper connection to their city’s creative community. Who comes to these magical talks? Your future clients, most influential collaborators, and happiest employees.

Ready to infuse more creativity into your company? The robots don’t want you to watch this two-minute video.

Let’s go on a field trip!
We’ve got two #CMfieldtrips planned for you this Friday 10/4:

COLLAGING @ CONSUELA
Join us for a morning of collaging and coffee! We’ll work with the Creative team at Consuela for an interactive collaging experience to explore the use of creative language and collaboration. RSVP

TREE TO TABLE @ BERDOLL SAWMILL
Watch reclaimed logs as they go form raw material to the workshop, as we tour Berdoll Sawmill. This one’s in Cedar Creek, it’s a FieldTrip in the truest sense of the word! RSVP

Big thanks to our #CMfieldtrips coffee partner: Chameleon Cold Brew.

WANT TO HOST A FIELDTRIP? APPLY HERE.

Want to be one of the first to find out about next month’s FieldTrips? You should subscribe to our newsletter. (Look for the signup button on the right hand side of the page.)

“HEY, WHAT A MINUTE, WHAT ARE FIELDTRIPS?”

#CMfieldtrips are a monthly series of small group discussions, tours, or workshops held to spread the creative magic happening around Austin. Space is limited to facilitate open conversation and new connections, so you must RSVP via our site to attend. Most of our FieldTrips are free, but we may ask for a suggested donation to cover materials for some of them.

(Each month, we give folks who were on the waitlist of our most recent talk a two-hour head start to register. And then they open up to the rest of our #CMATX community.)

October’s global theme is Flow. It was chosen by our Mexico City chapter  and illustrated by David Espinosa.

It’s no secret that our modern-day world is full of distractions: Glowing screens. Notifications. 24-hour news cycles. At times, it can feel exhausting to try and get things done with all the bells and whistles competing for your attention.

In his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, psychologist and researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi theorizes that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow. Flow is the experience of completely immersing yourself in a singular pursuit and effectively applying your skills to it.

When you’re in flow, your awareness of time momentarily dissolves. You’re in a temporary, but energizing state that helps you make progress with the task in front of you. So, how can you rise above the noise and get into flow?

First, quiet your mind and take a deep breath. Then, pick one task (yes, just one) and set clear goals for it. Move or put away any distractions around you. Lastly, take your first action. Whether it’s writing your first sentence, drawing your first stroke, or playing your first note — dive in.

Activate your flow and let it carry you where you need to go.

September’s global theme MUSE will be discussed by Andi Scull.

Hosted at Maufrais on Friday, 9/20. Details here.

Use these hashtags to spark your inspiration: #CMmuse & #CMATX

Say thanks to our partner this month: Consuela

And extra cheers to our beverage partners: Cuvée Coffee & Big Swig!

Do you want to see your business featured among these amazing companies - and feel the love of our creative community? 

We’re launching a Partnership Drive to fund our monthly talks through 2020. See how your company can help Fund The Love here! 

WE LOVE BRINGING AUSTIN'S CREATIVE COMMUNITY TOGETHER

It takes more than just coffee and high-fives to pull off a CreativeMornings event every month. IT TAKES CASH MONEY TO MAKE THIS MAGIC HAPPEN. 💰❤️

Putting on these free events costs over $30,000 a year. So, we’re launching a Partnership Drive to fund our budget through 2020.

Your company can support CreativeMornings/Austin at these levels:

  • Hug = $10,000 Presenting Partner
  • High-Five = $5,000 Featured Partner
  • First Bump = $2,500 Spotlight Partner

As thanks for their generosity, partners are featured at our live events, on our site, in email newsletters, and on social media. For details on our Fund The Love perks, please download this PDF.

HELP US REACH OUR FUNDING GOAL AND KEEP THE LOVE GROWING!

We believe that everyone is creative and everyone is welcome. That's why our monthly talks are free to attend. Always have been. Always will be. As an all-volunteer organization, we depend on partners to cover our hard costs.

We believe in the power of this community – and that you need to be a part of it. See why companies find partnering with CreativeMornings/Austin so valuable.

To pledge your support, please email us at austin@creativemornings.com.

This month, we’re featuring Sarah Kim as our Creative Mornings MugShot! Sarah is a creator, designer, experience partaker, and french fry connoisseur who also does UX/UI Design. She loves meeting new people from every, any, and all walks of life, so say hi if you see her out & about!

What are you inspired by?

It’s been amazing to see our generation really use their voice. And with the advancements in technology and the platforms we have now, people will use them however they please, but I think it’s been a great source of positivity.

I think in past generations it was about surviving and making it, and now we have more opportunity to thrive and use our voice. I’m loving the movement of people standing up and trying to make the world a better place. I think as artists and designers, we’re trying to let our voice be heard, whether it’s your client’s voice or your voice or your vision. It’s something that makes me proud and hopeful for the future.

What makes you “weird” and how does that inspire you?

I think most of my friends will say is that I ask a lot of questions. I’m very curious and inquisitive and I don’t really have an ego so I don’t care about sounding stupid — I’d rather ask the questions to learn and know more. I like to ask a million questions and I don’t have a filter so I’ll dig really deep. People don’t have to answer them. That’s one of my quirky things. Being vulnerable.

Where do you go to get inspired?

I go to meditation a lot. Earlier this year I took a vipassana course. It’s a 10-day intensive meditation course. There’s no interaction with the outside world, no writing, no speaking, no reading and 11 hours per day of meditation in a very specific technique. It quiets your mind but it also stirs up a lot of things in you — good and bad — but I think a lot of times when you’re looking for inspiration and your trying too hard to find it, there’s kind of a sense of anxiety because you’re looking for it, so there’s a little bit of resistance. I’ve found out that sometimes when you completely surrender yourself and let go, that’s when the best ideas come to you. When I was completely silent for 10 days and had no idea what was going on in the outside world, that’s when I had all of these amazing ideas. Meditation has been this great opportunity for stress relief and inspiration. When I got out of the retreat, colors got so much brighter. Everything was enhanced. I was able to let go of some wounds.

Our global theme for September is MUSE. 

It was chosen by our Dubai chapter and illustrated by Shahul Hameed. It is presented around the world by our Global Partner, Mailchimp.

Whether you’re a mathematician tinkering with complex equations or a musician pairing discordant notes together, searching for inspiration can often send you in circles. The longer you sit and wait for an epiphany to strike, the harder it gets to make progress.

What if you could get unstuck by turning to your muse?

Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. It invites you to bring your dreams to life using the raw materials found in your daily life. Beloved artist Frida Kahlo once famously said, “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

The next time you want to draw out your muse, stimulate your imagination in a different context. Leave your desk, take a walk outside, read something different, observe the ordinary, or try your hand at a new recipe.

Chances are your muse will come out to play.

LET’S GO ON A FIELD TRIP!
We’ve got three great FieldTrips planned for you this Friday, 9/6.

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO ESTATE PLANNING

If, like the rest of us, you’ve been putting off creating a will, join us at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody. Attorney John Conner will take us through creating our very own estate planning checklists. RSVP

PAINTING IN CREATIVE COLLABORATION

Join us at Brico Craft Studio, where Christiane Michaelis, founder of The Dirty Easel will lead us in a group painting experience sure to spark our collective creative energy. RSVP

USING DESIGN TO DESTROY IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Kylee Barnard, creator of Silk Diaries, turned her passion into a profession as she overcame imposter syndrome. She’ll teach us the soothing art of natural bundle dying silk bandanas, at Atmosphere CoworkingRSVP

This FieldTrip with Kylee Barnard was made possible through a partnership with AIGA Austin. It’s the third of four events we’re co-producing in 2019. We’re excited to bring our fellow creatives from both communities together to learn new skills.

Big thanks to our #CMfieldtrips coffee partner: Chameleon Cold Brew.


WANT TO HOST A FIELDTRIP? APPLY HERE.

Want to be one of the first to find out about next month’s FieldTrips? You should subscribe to our newsletter. (Look for the “Austin Newsletter” signup button on the right hand side of the page.)

“HEY, WHAT A MINUTE, WHAT ARE FIELDTRIPS?”

#CMfieldtrips are a monthly series of small group discussions, tours, or workshops held to spread the creative magic happening around Austin. Space is limited to facilitate open conversation and new connections, so you must RSVP via our site to attend. Most of our FieldTrips are free, but we may ask for a suggested donation to cover materials for some of them.

(Each month, we give folks who were on the waitlist of our most recent talk a two-hour head start to register. And then they open up to the rest of our #CMATX community.)

August’s global theme JUSTICE will be discussed by Chas Moore, the founder of Austin Justice Coalition.

Hosted at The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center on Congress Avenue on Friday, 8/30. Details here.

Use these hashtags to share the love: #CMjustice & #CMATX

Special thanks to this month’s beverage partners: Cuvée Coffee and Big Swig Sparkling Water

WE NEED A PARTNER TO HELP COVER THE COSTS OF THIS MONTH'S EVENT.

Does your business want to feel the love of our creative community? If you’d like to help support CreativeMornings/Austin financially or in kind, please email us at Austin(at)CreativeMornings(dot)com.

What is CreativeMornings/Austin? 

We’re a free, monthly speaker series for Austin’s creative community. 

On a Friday morning once a month, our volunteers provide coffee, breakfast, live music, and a 20-minute talk for an average audience size of 150. Registration fills within minutes with hundreds more signing up for the waitlist.

Together. we’ve built a community of the most supportive and creative people in Austin. And we want you to join us. 

Because our motto is: Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome. 

You can find out about our next event by signing up for our newsletter - just click the sign up button on the upper right side of this page. 

Need help convincing your boss why attending CreativeMornings is good for business? All the benefits you need to make your case are listed here

We’re part of global engine of generosity and positivity.

CreativeMornings has over 200 chapters from Aarhus to Zurich, each providing an open space to foster and celebrate their local creative talent and energy. 

By bringing together people who are driven by passion and purpose, we inspire one another and inspire change in cities around the world.

All these monthly events are free to attend and are organized by volunteers, so every chapter relies on local partners to help make the magic happen. 

If you’re interested in supporting our Austin chapter, please read this. 🧡 

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