February’s Theme is Invest.Every day we give our time, resources, and energy to the world through our decisions. We might read certain books, join a new community, or pick up a hobby. And whether we acknowledge it or not, every choice we make is an investment either for or against ourselves.Wise investing requires patience and awareness. It’s an art that combines our knowledge from past experiences with future aspirations to inform where we’ll put our energy and our heart. To live a sustainable creative life requires us to say ‘yes’ to the choices that bring richness into our lives, even when it seems risky.In the Investment Theory of Creativity psychologist Robert J. Sternberg discovered: “The greatest obstacle to creativity […] is not exactly strictures from others, but rather the limitations one places on one’s own thinking.”Take this opportunity to diversify your dreams. Convert your doubts into positive currency and bet on yourself. Without a doubt, you’ll see a worthwhile return.Our Hong Kong chapter chose this month’s exploration of Invest and Bao Ho illustrated the theme.

Welcome to a new decade everyone and everyone is welcome and everyone is creative.

January’s Theme is Roots.A tree is made up of not only its colorful leaves, but also its bark, branches, and most of all — its roots. The roots exist to provide sustenance and a strong foundation for the rest of its body.Examine your own ‘roots.’ When you retrace them, what do you find?In his CreativeMornings talk, James Victore shares, ‘The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today. But only if you put it in your work.’ Identify the things that ground you and what you’ve carried with you over time. How have your roots shaped who you are today?The start of a brand-new decade gives you the perfect excuse to dig up the old and to nourish the elements that sustain you. Courageous, creative work begins below the ground.Our Québec chapter chose this month’s exploration of Roots and Félix Girard illustrated the theme.

As the end of the year draws near, life can get humorously hectic. We rush to finish up projects, try to squeeze in appointments with loved ones, and can easily lose track of ourselves in the process.Is this inevitable? Or can we find ways to ground ourselves amid all the chaos? In this busy season, create moments of stillness where you can.When silence is intentional, it is valuable and restorative. It brings us back to our senses and is essential to our holistic well-being. Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton defines quiet as a ‘presence’ and ‘think tank of the soul.’ Silence is a powerful tool that allows us to take a step back from the atmosphere around us and realign with our intentions, our hopes, and ourselves.This December, set aside time to tune out the noise. You can go for a walk outdoors, find a cozy corner, or simply close your eyes. The magic of silence is that we can access it wherever we are.
Your beacon is the light that blazes within you, a signal made up of your values, dreams, and priorities.The essayist Anaïs Nin put it best when she wrote: “The unknown was my compass. The unknown was my encyclopedia. The unnamed was my science and progress.”Shine your light. Ask for help and let go of the idea that you have to make a perfect choice. You may feel lost, but you are not alone.Our Montevideo chapter chose this month’s exploration of Silence and Dani Scharf illustrated the theme.

We are proud to announce we have the amazing Paul Ince will be joining us as our final speaker of the year 

Wear your Christmas jumpers.

Bring some festive cheer.

Let’s eat mince pie’s and possibly drink far to early in the day.

Thanks Tim

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: https://creativemornings.com/talks/ross-davies-speaks-about-end 

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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/creativemorningsderby/ 

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