Next Berlin speaker
September 6, 8:30am • Vonder Club House • part of a series on Muse
August’s Theme is Justice
Justice can be a path to healing in fractured times.
When we envision moments related to justice, we often think of suits, a gavel hitting the surface of a desk, or people marching in the streets. Change happens when enough people raise their hand to work together.
Author Omid Safi wrote, “Justice is love, embodied. We cannot speak of love without linking it to justice, nor of justice unless it is permeated by love.” Justice is restorative when empathetic and innovative solutions are brought to the forefront.
Through generous listening, we all hold the ability to form moments where people can feel safe, strong, and at ease.
Please note that the team of CreativeMornings Berlin take the traditional summer break in August. But how about visiting one of our colleagues’ events in Hamburg, Cologne, Düsseldorf or Munich?
• Hamburg: Justice with Annekatrin Brünig
• Köln: Justice with Rebecca Göckel
• Düsseldorf: Justice with Lina Maria Kotschedoff
• München: (tbd)
July’s Theme is End
Ends are unique opportunities in disguise. They allow us to make meaning out of our past relationships, experiences, projects, and seasons in life.
On the other hand, beginnings are romanticized and energize us to envision all the impressive things we will do. Headlines celebrate the latest rising startup or ‘it’ destinations travelers must see.
But reaching the end of something can also carry meaningful joy. Author Wes Moore once talked about the difference between our jobs and our work. Moore said, “Your goal should never be to start something. Your goal should be to end things.”
When we truly fulfill an ending, it reflects growth and real change. We can create projects to end loneliness, walk away from empty relationships, change habits, or choose a different career trajectory.
The secret about ‘the end’ is that it actually contains countless possibilities.
June’s Theme is Wonder
Our sense of wonder is the code for tapping into our most creative selves. It enables us to expand our horizons and encounter parallel universes that haven’t been explored yet.
According to the classical Greek philosopher Socrates, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” By drawing us out of our typical patterns, wonderment reconnects us with our ability to marvel at new and beautiful things.
We all have the capacity for wonder; but why do we lose sight of it? As our lives get busier, we tend to streamline our schedules and relationships to become more efficient. We want to know what will happen and when it will happen. But extraordinary things occur if we make room for the unexpected.
When we leave space in our plans, we create magical conditions for our imagination and thoughts to collide with one another. And it is from these sparks that our best ideas are born.
May’s Theme is Preserve
The beauty in our world deserves to be cherished, sustained, and rediscovered. We share this life, and every day we have the opportunity to act as thoughtful participants in it.
What do we care about? What do we take for granted? Would we miss it if it disappeared?
Preservation begins with asking deep questions and turning our attention to the environment around us.
Our speaker—product and UX designer Evgeny Onutchin—will be sharing his learnings from a number of projects that had the focus on long-lasting design, reflected in the form of design standardisation. The future proof design is the question of preservation and waste reduction: the creation of artefacts rather than waste. May’s theme is #CMpreserve! It was chosen by our friends from CreativeMornings Grand Rapids and illustrated by Chris Nickels.
Join us at our next event on Friday, May 3rd, Register here …
April’s Theme is Inclusive
When different people come into our lives, they bring gifts.
We can blend the best of our wisdom with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce closer circles that foster community and commit to diversity.
People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar.
Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others.
When you place inclusivity at the center of how you live, it has great power to heal, elevate new voices, and change the narrative of who belongs. As diversity advocate Vernā Myers once said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Unser März-Thema ist ›Wasser‹
Es ist die Quelle allen Lebens und das Element, das 60 Prozent unseres Körpers ausmacht. Es ist die Flüssigkeit, von der wir nicht genug trinken und die wir dennoch in vielen Regionen verschwenden. Es ist die Heimat von Millionen von Arten, Geheimnissen und unentdecktem Wissen. Tatsächlich wissen wir mehr über die Sterne am Himmel als über die Tiefen unserer Ozeane. Wir können es benutzen, um Leben zu retten. Leider kostet es auch vielen Menschen das Leben. Und es ist immer wieder Thema in Filmen, in der Musik und natürlich in der Literatur. Wasser und Literatur? Wasser und Witz? Wasser und Unterhaltung? Genau unser Ding! In diesem Monat, beim CreativeMornings Berlin, mit unserem Sprecher Michael Bukowski.
Februar’s Theme is Symmetry
What do a planet, an attractive face, and a snowflake have in a common? Symmetry.
Symmetry is prevalent throughout life. You can fold a sunflower in half, stories have an arc, and the human body can bend and create mesmerizing shapes. There are also irregularities that enhances life; it adds beauty and complexity. If there’s symmetry in nature, then there must be a kind of symmetry in the way we lead our lives.
Symmetry cannot be possible without asymmetry, the same way sadness magnifies joy.
Alan Lightman wrote in The Accidental Universe, “I would claim that symmetry represents order, and we crave order in this strange universe we find ourselves in.” But chaos will happen whether we like it or not, it’s how we respond to it that either creates order or more chaos.When in chaos, create your symmetry.
Januar’s Theme is Surreal
When you look at the artwork of Frida Kahlo or Salvador Dalí, there’s an element of surprise. Why does it feel familiar yet also otherworldly?
Surrealists sought to break free from the shackles of the rational mind and dive into the deep end of the unconscious. The canvas, then, became a mirror for what emerged out of that process. This movement was inspired by events in the 1920s on the heels of the first world war and continues to influence artists, writers, photographers, and filmmakers. This cultural and artistic movement ushered in new techniques that helped humans expand their minds.
Today, we recognize a sense of the surreal in unexpected moments in daily life. Art exhibits like Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room are becoming readily available, encouraging people to immerse themselves in experiences that break reality. A ballet performance or a silent meditation retreat can be a dreamlike experience.Whether we experience a surreal moment or dabble in processes like drawing without thinking or writing without self-editing, there’s something to be learned about ourselves and what lingers under the hood of our desires to keep life orderly and controlled.London, Lausanne, Zurich, Cologne, or Hamburg?
December’s Theme is Tradition
Traditions are sacred because they cultivate consistency and a sense of belonging. It’s the bread and butter for fostering connection and community.
We’re in a time where traditions are being challenged and remixed. We question how they came to be and the context in how (or if) they fit into the future.
“This is just the way it is” is a statement of fear, not possibility. It undermines the human capacity to adapt and create change. Traditions are made by us, for us, so therefore they can be reinvented with intention and imagination.
You may not start the next national holiday, but you can bring to the table your generosity, your kindness, your vision and heart to create a more welcoming future.
November’s Theme is Restart
I need to disconnect. There’s too much noise in my head. I am burning out. I need space to rethink everything. I need a hard reset.
Exhaustion is like dehydration—when you feel it, you’ve gone too far.
So we finally cave in and heed the words of people who’ve found their centers again: take a trip into nature, go for walks, unplug completely.The challenge with restarting is that we often save it for the end rather than creating pockets throughout our weeks where we prioritize reflection and solitude.
Restarting is essential. It’s a way to digest experiences, reflect and cultivate self-awareness, and remind ourselves that life is to be enjoyed. It’s refreshing and feeds greater intention and momentum into our creative endeavors.
If you find yourself feeling like you’re on a treadmill with an invisible hand increasing the velocity, remind yourself: only you have the power to get off and recalibrate.