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Christina Serifi

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December 8, 8:30am • Goodpatch • part of a series on Context

November's Theme is Death

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, WordPress.com, and Shutterstock — for their support.

October's Theme is Pioneer

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

September's Theme is Compassion

Compassion is a pause button that reminds us of a fundamental truth: we’re all stumbling and nobody has it figured out. The best part about compassion is that it’s a learned trait—unlike your height or eye color—and the more we practice accepting others the sooner the easier it becomes to accept ourselves.When this is at the forefront of our minds, we give people a chance to show up and be seen. When in doubt, the answer is compassion.This month’s global exploration of Compassion is chosen by our Helsinki chapter, illustrated by Sami Viljanto, and presented by Shutterstock.

July’s theme is EQUALITY

We imagine a world where we’re seen and heard, respected and valued, not for our appearance and privilege, but for our work and character. A world where anyone, anywhere, has equal access to opportunities and resources to become the person they dream about. The formula for equality is a work in progress, and this work is not done from the few with power but rather through the power of community.

Equality is harmony. Harmony isn’t achieved through one instrument; it’s a collaboration, a symphony of sounds that adds richness and texture to the bigger picture. The pursuit of equality is a long-term game, an unraveling of outdated processes that no longer serves the future we imagine or deserve.

This month’s global exploration of Equality is chosen by our Johannesburg chapter, illustrated by Katlego Phatlane, and presented by… Adobe! Yes, you read that correctly.

Adobe Creative Residency Partnership

What could you do in a year if you were fully supported? Imagine pursuing any project you desire, a space to talk about your process, with full support. What project would you work on?

The Adobe Creative Residency empowers talented individuals to spend a year focusing on a personal creative project, while sharing their experience and process with the creative community. Adobe provides Residents with access to the best creative tools and resources, along with guidance from advisors and a full salary package.

Learn more about the program here: http://adobe.ly/1VXWfdv

April’s theme is BEYOND

We are tempted by the possibilities of the beyond. Whether it’s deep space, the range of our talents, or a first date, our minds conjure stories that carry us aloft.

This unwavering, deep-seated determination to go far and wide is the fire that which keeps us alive, always marching forward, determined to lift the veils that are hiding unfounded beauty.

What a trait to embody. Without the urge to go beyond perceived limitations or boundaries, we would be a dull, stagnating species indeed. The price to go beyond anything is never free; we’re called to face our fears, and the reward of reaching that next level is the privilege to do it again.

This month’s global exploration of Beyond is presented by Shutterstock. The theme was chosen by our Bengaluru chapter and illustrated by Ranganath Krishnamani.

Meet the illustrator for Taboo

Taboo for me is defined within culture. Depending what culture you’re in, or what vision you support; religious, geographically or environmental. And it is often based on the lack of acceptance.

Meet David Stenmarck

March’s theme is Taboo

Taboos are a social glue that makes life livable wherever we go.

We invent the reasonings that, over time, coalesce to create the societal fabric of norms, permissions, and prohibitions. Cutting in line or stealing from your neighbor is wrong, which makes a good status quo.

While many taboos keeps the world spinning, there are many rusty ones that are delaying it from evolving. And although we’re hardwired to stand before the edge of taboo, there are others who have gone over it.

This month’s global exploration of Taboo is presented by MailChimp. The theme was chosen by our Oslo chapter and illustrated by David Stenmark.

February’s theme is Moments!

We tend to measure our lives by days or years, but what we seek in our dreams and cherish in memory are the moments that define us.Think of moments, not as a page in a book, but that one highlighted sentence in a sea of letters. With a surgeon’s precision, you can point at defining moments that altered the trajectory of your life. The challenge of our times is not to chase after moments, but learning to embrace the one we have right now and do well with it.The theme was chosen by our Montréal chapter and illustrated by Patrick Seymour

Meet the illustrator for #CMmystery

“Moments for me is to do the right thing one step at the time. That’s what I tried to express in the monthly illustration. Each moment is important and when you do the best that you can, the moment is finished—you check it and you move onto the next.”

Meet Patrick Seymour

The hashtag of the month is #CMmoments.

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