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Kelly Herrick takes the stage for #CMFLOW

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October 18, 8:00am • QUAD • part of a series on Flow

It’s no secret that our modern-day world is full of distractions: Glowing screens. Notifications. 24-hour news cycles. At times, it can feel exhausting to try and get things done with all the bells and whistles competing for your attention.In his book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, psychologist and researcher Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi theorizes that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow. Flow is the experience of completely immersing yourself in a singular pursuit and effectively applying your skills to it.When you’re in flow, your awareness of time momentarily dissolves. You’re in a temporary, but energizing state that helps you make progress with the task in front of you. So, how can you rise above the noise and get into flow?First, quiet your mind and take a deep breath. Then, pick one task (yes, just one) and set clear goals for it. Move or put away any distractions around you. Lastly, take your first action. Whether it’s writing your first sentence, drawing your first stroke, or playing your first note — dive in.Activate your flow and let it carry you where you need to go.Our Mexico City chapter chose this month’s exploration of and David Espinosa illustrated the theme.

Our next event is 20th October and our guest speaker is Kelly Herrick 

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. Our Bratislava chapter chose this month’s exploration of and Simona Cechova illustrated the theme. 

Our speaker for this month is local legend Rob Dawes from our very own videographers FutureProof Films .

We also have a brand new sponsor for August and September MarketEd.Live 

I’m not being melodramatic, July’s CreativeMornings theme is ‘End’

“The secret about ‘the end’ is that it actually contains countless possibilities.” July’s theme is #CMend! It was chosen by CreativeMornings/RiodeJaneiro and illustrated by @imzeferino. 

July’s event is on the 19th and our guest speaker is the fabulous Ross Davies - You can find the event details here: 

This will be the 3rd ever CreativeMornings/Derby event and we are starting to grow a really great little community with our friends at Mainframe, QUAD and Futureproof Films.

I Wonder what June’s theme will bring to CreativeMornings/Derby.

“Our sense of wonder is the code for tapping into our most creative selves.” June’s theme is #CMwonder! It was chosen by CreativeMornings/Copenhagen and illustrated by Rune Fisker. Our next event will be on the 21st June at the fabulous Mainframe at QUAD and our speaker is  Amir Bazrafshan . 

I have had the pleasure to know Amir for many years and he is one of the smartest people I know. Not only is Amir a talented experienced marketer but alumni and coach for Seth Godins Alt-MBA and student of behavioural economics, persuasion and marketing to name a few things.

I am excited to hear Amir’s thoughts on #CMWonder

I hope to see you there


Creative people, especially those that work in creative industries, are a special breed of individuals with unique experiences and an original way of doing things.

If you’re a creative - and I’m assuming you are because you’re reading this - then you’ll already know how inspiring it can be to hear other creatives talk, or how good the conversation can be when discussing difficulties or successes unique to a creative business. This ‘creative kinship’ was our primary reason for becoming involved with Creative Mornings.

By participating in your creative community you’re opening yourself up to these inspiring and rewarding experiences that can further ignite your passion, or provide a small piece of advice that just might help you power through a tough situation further down the road. And it isn’t just a one-way street. Your opinions and your unique outlook will help others as well.

Then there’s the more pragmatic bonus of building your network and developing more working relationships. Future Proof Films has now been running for over 4 years, and in that time we have collaborated on numerous projects with a wide range of other creatives, and we’ve been recommended or we’ve recommended people, all as a direct result of an impromptu conversation during a community event.

So get out there and get involved.

Robert Dawes

Director, Future Proof Films. 

What a great start to our new CreativeMornings/Derby community.

At 8am on Friday 17th May, we kicked off CreativeMornings/Derby in style with Paul Chapman presenting on the topic of Preserve.

I couldn’t have wished for a better start to the chapter, our partners Mainframe and QUAD provided us with an amazing venue, the fella’s from Future Proof Films were brilliant and a special shoutout to our stand in photographer Ben Lumley who took these amazing pictures 

Ben will be speaking at the next event on June 21st - Watch this space for more details on that event and of course the video of CreativeMornings/Derby Preserve.


Tim Elliott

Welcome to CreativeMornings/Derby.

Hello! I’m Tim Elliott, the host of the newest CreativeMornings chapter.

I made this video as part of my application to start a CreativeMornings chapter in Derby. Now that our chapter has been officially approved, my colleagues at Mainframe Derby and I will be making these ideas reality and bringing the community together in Derby.

A bit about me.

I’ve been living and working as a marketer now for over 22 years, so the creative process and creative people have been a massive part of my personal and professional life so becoming the host of CreativeMornings/Derby is something I am super proud of.  I am looking forward to getting to know and growing this great community for you.

A bit about the team:

Every CreativeMornings event is free and run by a team of volunteers. I want to give a special shoutout to Hana & Charlene from Mainframe Derby and the good people at Quad & BigHouse without whose work and generosity of time and knowledge CraetiveMormnings/Derby would not exist.

My vision for CreativeMornings/Derby.

Community is king! I truly believe communities are the classroom of your industry (thanks Chris Brogan). I want CreativeMornings/ Derby to be a hub for the local creative community bringing together everyone with a creative role, idea, or passion.  Derby is lucky to have the fabulous Mainframe in which I am running CreativeMornings/Derby in conjunction with that has developed the community we seek to serve.  We are here to create an environment for you to be your best creative self and learn from others. I’m so pleased to have you with us.

How to participate.

Want to be the first to know about our first event? Sign up for the CreativeMornings/Derby newsletter. If you’re interested in partnering or volunteering, please email

Stay tuned for details and I hope to see you at our launch event!

Everyone is creative. Everyone is welcome. We’re a free monthly breakfast lecture series for Derby’s creative community. Hosted by Tim Elliott & Mainframe Derby