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Lisa Slagle

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April 20, 8:00am • Lamar Street Center • part of a series on Game

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Is this the real life?  Is this just Fantasy?…

How much of our life is real? How much is fantasy? If we stop and take a moment to be truly honest with ourselves, do we really make this distinction accurately, or do we allow ourselves to believe that our fantasy is our reality? It’s not as if we actually think that we will see a dragon walking down the road (though that would be amazing!), it’s more that we allow ourselves to live in a world of fantasy where we are good at time management, great at multitasking, amazing at communication, able to handle stress, a week away from having the body we’ve always wanted, and can accomplish all of our goals.

We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.  ~Iris Murdoch

Fantasy is a place where we go to escape reality. It’s a land we use to cope, to relax, to be free. Sometimes, we escape into a Neverending Story like Sebastian. Sometimes, we retreat to Middle Earth, Westeros, or to the depths of the ocean. Sometimes, our escape it simply allowing ourselves to add small elements of fantasy to our reality.

Fantasy is the birthplace of Creativity. Or, Creativity is the birthplace of Fantasy.  Perhaps, both.

They go hand in hand. They define our lives, our self image, our goals, and our reality.

To truly embrace reality, to truly success in reality, we must accept and embrace our fantasy.

Fantasy and Reality often overlap.   ~Walt Disney

Join us at the Denver Botanic Gardens as Lisa Eldred, Director of Exhibitions, Art & Interpretation, talks about her world of fantasy and wonder, Friday, November 4th, at 8:30am. Tickets available Monday, October 31st at 9am.



Merriam-Webster’s simple definition says that being transparent is being 

: able to be seen through

: easy to notice or understand

: honest and open : not secretive

It’s a quality that we say we look for in friends, family, business relations, bosses, employees, politicians, governments…  It’s something we want, and even expect, in each other.

Transparency is truly all around us, from literally our clear windshields as we drive, to the political rhetoric of today.  But how transparent is our world? Do we really have transparency in our dealings with each other? Do we have transparency with our motivations and wants?  Perhaps, most importantly, are you transparent with yourself? 

“A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” - Dalai Lama

Despite the many claims to transparency, we find ourselves often not fully trusting one and other. We not sure we can trust our government.  We see hidden agendas in our relationships. We have backroom business dealings happening in, well, … backrooms. 

Stop for a moment and think about what life would be like if we – our friends, our family, our businesses, our government, everyone we deal with (including ourselves!) – had full transparency.  Think about a world in which everything could be taken at face value. 

Is that a world you would want to live in? Or does it scare you?

Think about what your life would be like if the only person you knew for certain was being transparent was you. 

Does this make you nervous? Or scared? Does it make you feel vulnerable?

“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.” - Mother Teresa

Come join us as Chris Zacher, social entrepreneur and champion for live music for all, talks about the necessity of Transparency (aka Trust), as the objective in the public/private projects world, and gets us thinking about what happens when it’s missing… 

Tickets are available October 17th at 9am right here on our website.  

“And above all, 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   ~  Roald Dahl

Magic. It’s everywhere. Look at a small child visiting Disney World for the first time, and you’ll see the face of magic. Watch the sun as it sets across the edge of the world while you sit on the beach next to your special someone, and you’ll feel magic. Take a moment to experience the small pleasures of a peaceful afternoon in the woods, watch a hummingbird feed on blossoming flower, or spend an evening looking at the vast expanse of stars – and you’ll feel the magic.

Magic. It’s everywhere. It’s in the small things. It’s in the big things. It’s in the work we do.

Or is it? Is there magic to be found in our day-to-day jobs? Is it possible to create magic in our lives and our work and help better society in the process? One man believes it is. Come listen to Paul McAleer as he talks about Repeatable Magic, about discovering how the magic happens, and then figuring out if we can make it happen again and again and again…

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.” ~ J.K. Rowling

“That proves you are unusual,“ returned the Scarecrow; "and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.”
― L. Frank Baum



These two words are often used to describe the same individual. The more creative-minded we are, the better the chance that someone out there will call us weird. Some would argue that the weirder we are, the more creative we are.

Weird doesn’t always work. It doesn’t always bring success or happiness or change or creativity. Being weird doesn’t mean we are destined for greatness. Being weird doesn’t mean we will be loved by the world. It doesn’t mean we will be accepted by humanity. Sometimes, it means we will be shunned, disregarded, ignored.

Sometimes it works.

Have you recently eaten at Ophelia’s? Did you notice that place might be a little… weird? A former adult bookstore turned into a gastro-brothel. Pin-up girls on the walls. Gold balls dangling from the ceilings. 4,000 Jägermeister bottles flanking the bar. And then, there’s the food…

Join us at Ophelia’s as Justin Cucci, opener of Root Down, Linger, and Ophelia’s, talks about his weird process of space design, his weird ideas on food and atmosphere, his weird way of using found items as decoration, and his weird way of having all of these become headline-making success.

Patient. Kind. Protects. Trusts. Hopes. Preserves.Not envious. Not boastful. Not self-seeking. Not easily angered. Keeps no record of wrongs.


Love is many things to many people. We’ve all experienced different forms of love. We’ve read about love in books. We’ve seen love through the eyes of Hollywood. We can remember our first crushes, our first loves, our first heartbreaks.

Love drives us. Love motivates us. Love heals us. Love keeps us going.
Some of us love what we do. Some of us wake up each morning excited to start our jobs. Some of us get to work with those we love. Some of us want to find ways to make that a reality.

Join us on Friday as Tran and Josh Wills talk about pursuing a career doing what you love, working with the one you love, and surrounding yourself with others trying to do the same thing.

CreativeMornings Summit 2016!

What began as a morning speaker series has grown into a global community of creative minds. So much of what we get every single month is due to the dedication of our incredible CreativeMornings organizers. Around the world, these organizers volunteer their time and energy to provide a FREE inspiring talk for their local creative community… and they bring breakfast! All of this effort adds up to be quarter of a million cups of coffee per year, 79,800 hours of work, and immeasurable amounts of inspiration.

This year we’re hosting the second CreativeMornings Summit for those incredible volunteer organizers. CreativeMornings Summit 2016 will bring organizers from across the globe together to exchange ideas, share best practices, and further develop their leadership skills. And it will be even bigger than the first CreativeMornings Summit. Why? Because we have nearly doubled in size and the #CMSummit16 will be in a place where everything is bigger - Texas. Giddyup!

We Can’t Do This Alone

If you’ve ever felt inspired by a talk, met a new friend or future employer, or indulged in a delicious donut, then this is your chance to say thank you and help make CreativeMornings even better. Today we’re asking you to help us continue fueling the magical experiment-turned-global-engine-of-generosity known as CreativeMornings.

We’re asking you to help fund the Summit. Whatever amount you’re able to offer will make all the difference. After CreativeMornings Summit 2016, organizers will bring home even more passion and energy to their local creative communities. You will see the return on your investment in the form of more fun, insightful, caffeinated, and inspirational CreativeMornings events!

No, you can’t put a price on making a connection or walking away with a deeper insight or inspiration, but let’s try! Please help us make CreativeMornings Summit 2016 a reality by backing our Kickstarter campaign.

About the Campaign

When you support the CreativeMornings Summit 2016 Kickstarter, you not only reap the rewards of the post-summit enhancements to your local CreativeMornings chapter, you’ll also get a reward! We’re offering rewards that range from music to golden tickets and beyond.

You can join in and support the campaign from March 11th to April 9th, so saddle up and kick in what you can to show the global CM community how much you care! Share the love using #CMsummit16.