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February’s theme is Climate

We’re taking the temperature of our surroundings this month as we dive into Climate in 100+ chapters around the world, presented by MailChimp. The theme was chosen by our Ottawa chapter and illustrated by the talented Dave Arnold. February is all about our environment’s impact on how, what and why we create. From the nuances of workplace culture to the future state of the planet, speakers of all stripes will share their adventures in creativity, chaos and teamwork. A few speakers include:
  • Nicholas Nuttall, Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the UN Climate Change Secretariat (Cologne) 
  • Filipe Lopes, musician, composer and academic investigating ambiance, the relationship between sound and space (Porto)
  • David Harris, Manager at the Technology Access Foundation on the climate of race relations in tech (Seattle) 
  • Frederik Kraft, a research assistant and a PhD candidate at the University of Potsdam, who will talk about how to build a creative climate in organizations.
Set your alarms! Registration starts here, from next Monday 10:00 in the morning.

 Sec Pitch, Jan 23, 2015: Summary & Links

1. Hanneke Riedijk, @hannekerdjk, gestunary.com

Hanneke is a Dutch Japanologist passionate with cultural anthropology. She’s fascinated by misunderstandings that arise in communication. The generally unconscious body language of hand signs and gestures is her passion. There are many local variables that make cross-cultural communication extremely tricky. To be on the safe side Hanneke developed MyGestunary that helps us to become a cross-cultural expert, even when talking with our hands.

2. Swen Rudolph, @swenrudolph, www.swenrudolph.de

Swen is a photojournalist and a commercial photographer. He can throw slides against the wall until they broke.

3. Manuela Faveri, Linked-in account

Manuela is a 33 years-old marketing communications professional who sold everything in her home country Brazil to start again somewhere else. The status and stress of São Paulo didn’t please her anymore, and she was feeling that the world is too big to settle down so early. She came to Berlin in September to study German and decided to stay for good. At the moment Manuela is looking for a job that excites her. She’s passionate about strategic planning, even more when she can deal with content and offline activities in any communication plan.

4. Betti Bobikepunk, @bettibobikepunk, bettibobikepunk.de

CreativeMornings Berlin was proud to present – as the second guest of today’s event – the best DJane in town, Bettibobikepunk. In case you’re familiar with the local club scene you might know Betti from on of her activity areas: White Trash, Mammut Bar, 8MM Bar, Konrad Tönz, CCCP, Klub der Republik, Austerclub, Kingkongklub, Astrobar, Zumiroderzudir, Soupanova, or Schokoladen. Her motto is “Vinyl works”, and she will prove this with an exquisite selection of Garage, Soulbeat, Punk, R’n’B, and Psychedelic records. Maybe next time in your office, at your after work party or any other event.

(Photographs: Norman Posselt)

January’s theme is Ugly

It may not be pretty, but you’ve got to start somewhere. We’re excited to kick off the New Year with a month around the theme “Ugly,” embracing the messy part of bringing any idea to life. The theme was chosen by our Geneva team and we were thrilled to have U.S.-based Matt Chase craft our witty illustration.

From designer and programmer Joshua Davis (San Francisco) on how he works through ugliness to arrive at something beautiful, to music journalist Henry Steinhau here in Berlin on the fine art of less-than-gorgeous album covers, speakers will dig into the power of diving into the Ugly.Let’s get to it! We’ll see you bright and early.

 Sec Pitch, Dec 11, 2014: Summary & Links

1. Dario Ferrando, @dario_ferrando, www.dario.io

Linea is Dario’s personal project that he started in May 2014. It’s basically an iconset based on a 64px grid (Stroke 2px thick), currently featuring 750 icons. You can see and download all the icons on the website Dario made for this project. 

2. Annegret Richter, @ghettogether, ghettogether.net

The concept for Ghettogethers (= ghetto + together) uprose in spring 2013, when Anna’s Studio Blinkblink in Berlins Gerichstraße became a steady meeting point. One day Annegret turned up with the idea of a local creative network. Shortly after the first Ghettogether was organized and became a regular event for self-employed creatives in Wedding.

3. Jonathan Teh, www.setting.io, @WorkSetting

Three nomad entrepreneurs (currently based in Berlin), interested in technology, hacking and traveling together, founded Setting, the private co-working network. Setting is enabling remote professionals, freelancers, web developers and designers to find reliable places to get work done. Starting from private homes, join other professionals to work with them in their living room.

December’s theme is Education

Learning from each other is at the core of every CreativeMornings event. Whether ambitious students or seasoned makers, we’re waking up early in 100 cities (and counting!) to reflect on new ideas. This month we’re excited to celebrate that spirit with the theme Education, presented by CreativeLive.

The theme was chosen by our São Paulo team and we were thrilled to have U.S.-based Christopher David Ryan lovingly craft our illustration.

From Margo Kane, a performing artist who uses dance to empower First Nations youth (Vancouver) to Alexandre Taillefer, a media entrepreneur and chairman of the Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art (Montréal)—speakers around the globe promise to teach you something new. 

Set your alarms! We’ll see you bright and early.  And take care: This time the Berlin event is not an a Friday but on Thursday Dec 11th 2014.

Our month on Education is presented in partnership with CreativeLive. Co-founded by Seattle speaker Chase Jarvis, they’re dedicated to making creative education available to all by offering hundreds of classes in design, photography, business and more. As they say: “Creativity is the new literacy.”

November’s theme is Chance

From Baltimore, Maryland to Perth, Australia, organizers around the world are stepping up to the plate to take risks and start CreativeMornings chapters. Taking a chance is at the heart of every CM chapter and we're celebrating those uncertainties this month with the theme of Chance.

The theme was chosen by our Sydney team and we were excited to have Sydney-based illustrator Jeremy Lord create this month's theme illustration.

From FM Supreme, a hip-hop artist, who uses language as a tool for positive change (Chicago) to James Hurman, Founder and Principal at Previously Unavailable (Auckland)—this month is all about taking risks and the opportunity or challenges that they yield.

October’s theme is Crossover

From Los Angeles, USA, to Jeju, South Korea, CreativeMornings chapters now span over 85 cities around the world. At the heart of each month is a global conversation, crossing over coastlines and oceans to speak about the intersection of creativity and the month’s theme—whether that’s SexFreedom, or, most recently this October, Crossover.

The theme was chosen by our Utrecht team and we were excited to have London-based Brazilian illustrator João Lauro Fonte make this month’s theme illustration.

This month is all about the creativity that happens in the space of crossover. Speakers this month are looks at the theme from a range of perspectives, each bringing their own to the table. A few include:

  • Doree Safrir, Executive Editor of Buzzfeed, speaking on her storied past and the ever-changing trajectory of journalism (Los Angeles)
  • Jerzy Vetulani, professor of natural sciences, speaking on the functioning of the human brain and relations between neurobiology and various social and cultural phenomena (Krakow)
  • Ben Blumenfeld, Co-Director of Designer Fund, sepaking on the crossover of design, technology and business (San Francisco)
  • Raz Simone, hip-hop artist, speaking on recently “crossing over” from writing poetry to writing lyrics (Seattle)
  • Ida Skivenes, a full time food artist, shows how food could be fun, colourful and creative (Berlin)

As always, free tickets are available starting the Monday before the talk.

The First CreativeMornings Summit

The CreativeMornings HQ, from left to right: Carly Ayres (Chief Content Officer), Sally Rumble (Chief Happiness Officer), Tina Roth-Eisenberg (Founder), Kevin Huynh (Chief Operating Officer) und Joy Chen (Community Intern)

For the first time, CreativeMornings had invited all of CM’s chapter hosts to join the HQ in downtown Brooklyn for the Summit. From Jeju, South Korea, to Berlin, Germany, organizers and their teams found their way to The Invisible Dog Art Center, Bergen Street, Brooklyn for two days of workshops, talks and discussions on best practices and the future of CreativeMornings.

One of many highlights for the international organizers was the visit of an “Original NYC Creative Morning” last Friday with Steve Powers as speaker. 300 von 450 visitors were amazed, when 150 attendees were suddenly asked for a group photo on stage.

As a typographer your Berlin host Jürgen Siebert couldn’t stand the fact, that this decoration at The Invisible Dog Art Center misses two points.

September’s theme is Color

September’s theme, COLOR was selected by Paris and illustrated by Manhattan based Erin JangOur official worldwide partner this month is Squarespace, local sponsor is Shutterstock (Win a bike!), and our speaker is the great Christian Hanke (EdenSpiekermann).

August’s theme is Failure

This month’s theme might be Failure, but it should be anything but a flop. This month is all about those epic flunks and graceless tumbles. The theme was selected by our colleagues at Creative Morning Singapore and illustrated by Brooklyn based photographer Bill Wadman.

Creative Mornings Berlin will take a break in the coming month. If you’re also on vacation or traveling, maybe you have the opportunity to visit a Creative Morning far from home. Take the chance!