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This Holiday: Help Rebuild a School in the Slums

#CMATX host, Ben Thoma, received this tragic note from past speaker Nelson Guda about one of the people featured in his September 2017 talk on Compassion:

Do you remember from my talk, the man I met in Kenya who started a school in the slums? Well, last weekend, just before Christmas, the school burnt down. It’s a tragedy for the kids in that part of the slum, because it is their only school. This week I put together an emergency fundraiser for them on a site called Generosity, and I found a donor who will match all donations up to $25k.

If you are feeling a sense of generosity and compassion this season, please consider giving to Nelson’s fund for Ben Ochieng and his school in Kenya here:

Our global theme for November is #CMdeath. Death has inspired humanity since time immemorial, influencing ideologies and storytelling to our understanding of life and how we live it.

To our ancient ancestors, the fear of death was a palpable and daily motivator. Although our world is infinitely safer than it was centuries ago, we are still driven by the fear of death and we expertly attribute it to even the smallest events: traffic, deadlines, a mistake, public speaking, your boss’s name on your caller ID on a Saturday.

What we have done well as a species is leverage the fear of death to inspire achievements that seemed impossible, to create work that needed to be made, and to discover insights that help us live well.

This month’s global exploration of Death was chosen by our Miami chapter and illustrated by 2016 Adobe Creative Resident Syd Weiler. Thank you to our global partners — Adobe, MailChimp,, and Shutterstock — for their support.

Our co-founder, Brian Thompson (@BrandWriter) turns 45 years old today! And he’s dedicated his birthday to raising money for E4 Youth to help fund their programs that bridge the gap between underserved youth and creative careers.

Wish him a happy birthday by making a donation at

This month’s global exploration of Pioneer is chosen by our Denver chapter, illustrated by John Vogl, and presented by MailChimp.

Pioneers shatter expectations, widen boundaries, and reveal new possibilities in life. Whether the work was inspired from being on a ship or inside of a studio, pioneers act on their internal, immutable desires to create work that matters.You might be on the edge of pioneering something new; only time and your relentless drive to create against all odds will determine that. We look towards pioneers to bring us to new discoveries, domains, and knowledge about ourselves.We’re looking at you.