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.
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.”
The hashtag of the month is #CMmoments.
January’s theme is Mystery!
We are comforted by certainty and seek it frantically like a child that lost sight of their parents. But as the astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser said in The Island of Knowledge, “We strive toward knowledge, always more knowledge, but must understand that we are, and will remain, surrounded by mystery.”
Indeed, gaze at the stars, at old traditions, or ponder the modern behaviors encouraged by technology, and you might have trouble understanding or explaining it. By engaging with mystery the way we flip through a new book, we allow our lives to expand.
The theme was chosen by our Houston chapter and illustrated by Joseph Alessio. This month in 160+ cities around the world, we’ll learn how creatives from various backgrounds dance with mystery and infuse it into their lives.
CreativeMornings Berlin is on January 13 with painter & performance artist Vera Kochubey.
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December is Sound!
To our highly creative brains, a sound is never a sound. These vibrations that pervade our lives contain layers of meaning—a range of questions, intentions, and purposes. From musicians, scientists, composers, and artists that use sound in their work, we’re excited to explore the beauty of sound and the peaceful absence of it.
Every month, we ask an artist from our community to illustrate the monthly theme. Check out our interview with Derry Dillon.
Johannes Lohbihler is a Creative Technologist living and working in Berlin. he is the creator of dadamachines, a toolkit that turns everyday objects into sound machines and everyone into a musician. He’ll speak at the CreativeMornings Berlin on 16 December 2016.
November’s theme is Fantasy!
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,” said Dr. Seuss. “It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”
The realm of fantasy is a space for us to imagine possibilities that seem beyond our reach. The bridge that connects the seemingly impossible with the possible is the greatest gift of our species: creativity. Together with Shutterstock, we're exploring those possibilities by rallying the community to share fantasies and ideas for what it means to live #InACreativeWorld.
The theme was chosen by our Lima chapter, presented globally by Shutterstock, and illustrated by Hayden Davis. This month with Shutterstock and in 157 cities around the world, we will delve into what it means to live #InACreativeWorld and how we can use creativity for the good of all. The most intriguing responses will then become illustrations that get featured here.
October’s theme is Transparency!
We are a species that flourishes when we’re seen, when our work matters, and when we connect with and understand one another. What makes all of this possible is the posture of transparency—the willingness to be seen, knowing that transparency may not always be reciprocated or appreciated.
A boss sharing her vision with the team, looking your friend in the eye and telling the truth, or owning your mistakes—none of this is possible without transparency. These experiences are refreshing, and they change us because we’re used to having our shields up all of the time. It’s true it won’t always be joyful—transparency can lead to pain because truths are told and realities are flipped, but that doesn’t give merit to avoid it. Life is enormously better when we're real with each other, and it makes us wonder why we can’t always assume this posture. Transparency merely invites us to do the hard work of building meaningful relationships the right way.
The theme was chosen by our Cincinnati chapter and illustrated by James Billiter. This month, 150+ cities will lead with transparency, inviting speakers that are passionate and eager to show through stories and ideas the impact of transparency and its necessity to not only build connections, but to enable them to thrive. Some upcoming talks on #CMtransparency:
- Simon Sinek is a best-selling author, visionary thinker, and known for popularizing the concept of Why in 2009 at his TEDx talk. (San Diego)
- Mayor Rosalynn Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. (Grand Rapids)
- Conrad Benner is a photographer and the Founder/Editor of StreetsDept.com, a Philly-based photo-blog that documents and celebrates street art, graffiti, and urban exploration. (Philadelphia)
- Peter Breuer has studied design but became famous as a texter and writer. Currently he made his archive transparent which led to a remarkable new project (Berlin)
It’s all about Magic
Magic is about adding layers of wonder and surprise in our lives. Whether it’s the magic of a workplace, a show, performance, or one of those moments with great customer support, it awakens our senses and makes us pay attention to the world, encouraging us to appreciate details that are elusive in everyday life.
As the British author, Roald Dahl once said, “Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
This theme was chosen by our Porto chapter and illustrated by Marta Madureira. Ours is a community that invites magical experiences and ideas with open arms, and together in 150+ cities, we will explore the topic of #CMmagic with glittering eyes.
August’s theme is Weird!
Whether it’s butter in coffee, bacon on donuts, fashion in the 80’s making a return, or the culture of an organization, weirdness reveals that there are no rules or right answers. Weirdness widens the edges of the status quo, and if we allow it, it adds beauty to our lives because it introduces us to a multitude of complexities that we may be ignoring.
This theme was chosen by our Austin chapter and illustrated by Will Bryant. This month, 150+ cities will get weird and play with weirdness. Rather than flinching at the unfamiliar, perhaps this is a time to embrace the strange, the new, and to explore our boundaries.
Here are some upcoming talks on #CMWeird:
- Shauna Johannesen is an award-winning writer, actor, and filmmaker who believes that stories matter. (Vancouver)
- Karen Hay is an award-winning designer that worked in various industries like hotel, retail, residential, and commerical. From Asia to the Middle East, she’s passionate about quality, service, and expertise. (Hong Kong)
- Justin Cucci moved to Denver permanently in 2008 and opened Root Down, a restaurant known for its accessible and inclusive culinary sophistication. Root Down has gained a loyal following and much critical acclaim for its globally-inspired seasonal cuisine. (Denver)
Creative Mornings Berlin will be on summer vacation until September. Find an event near you!
July’s theme is Love!
“Love would be two animals,” said the author Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things, “a hummingbird and a snake. Both are perfectly untrainable.” Whether it’s love for another person, love for our work, or a simple love like watching the sunrise or going for a walk, it is an emotion that is the lifeblood of our being. It can confuse and hurts us, but equally true, it can lift us up into a place where meaning and fulfillment pulsates like a heart. Love is simple, but naturally as human beings, we make it complex. The theme was chosen by our Ljubljana chapter and illustrated by Lucy Engelman. This theme is presented globally by Wix. This month, 148 cities will participate in advancing our understanding of love by tapping into the richness of diversity in worldviews within our community. Maybe to relearn how to love and be loved, we need to hear new stories that are different from ours, and to weave those revelations into ourselves. Some upcoming talks on #CMlove:
- Julia Sysmäläinen is a corporate type designer and has worked many years for Edenspiekermann Amsterdam and Berlin with customers like the American Academy, Bosch, and CBS-Holland. (Berlin)
- Gaia B. Amman is a Professor of Biology at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted “the professor of the month” by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals including Nature. (Buffalo)
- Ana Cristina Pereira is an author, columnist, and reporter that focuses on human rights issues and social exclusion such as poverty, protection of children, young people, and gender equality. (Portugal)
- Herrison Chicas is a renowned spoken word artist invited around the world to share his storytelling gift and his inspirational poetry to entertain, empower, and enlighten audiences. (Charlotte)