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May Community Minutes
The Community Minutes from our last event are up!!
Elise is part of By Other Means Gallery and a CM regular! She told us about #killingit, BOM’s open call for art, whatever your practice may be: writing, painting, music making or performing, they just want to see you #killingit. So if anyone knows any cool emerging artists who have time to invest in the summer to be part of a new art gallery, send them her way!
Also if anyone wants to be part of a really cool choir in North London (even if you don’t know to sing), get in touch with Elise directly :)
Peter’s the brains behind Wok N Wine and London Serendipity Week. The London relaunch of Wok N Wine went brilliantly and Peter’s now looking for some help with PR. Get in touch and be part of something great!
Michael knows a thing or two about being in the right place, at the right time. He’s a wedding photographer and captures these precious moments in a stunning way - get in touch for more info and availability!
Matt moved to London five years ago, he lived in hostels, boats - wherever he could. Then one day his mentor let him have the keys to his house in Putney while he was abroad, and that was the start of Launch Pad. Matt quit his job and started an creative residency that pops up in people’s home while they’re away! If anyone’s got a house they want to offer to an artist or if you’re an artist looking for a creative home/studio, get in touch!
Clare and her co-founder are both from corporate backgrounds, and both discovered the importance of yoga and mindfulness to maintain focus, wellbeing and productivity. Minds Over Matter offers yoga and mindfulness classes in your workplace, for all levels and for all kinds of corporate environments.
Daniel came all the way from Creative Mornings Bogotá and is here in London for a month! He’s graphic designer and branding wizard, and he’s looking for projects to get involved with, reach out!
7/ Jessica & Alice
Jessica and Alice are part of Founders and Coders, currently based in Bethnal Green - they’re a nonprofit organisation that runs a tuition-free coding academy. They’ve done lots of work with charities and NGOs, now they’re looking to get involved with more creative projects. Founders and Coders are here to teach anyone who wants to know how to code and do web design.
Julia moved here in September, her background is in social psychology and cognitive science but that’s not where her passion lies. She’s currently freelancing in graphic design and user experience/interface design - she’d love to meet people and get into some new projects! Check out her work below and get in touch.
Jenny followed her gut and moved to Japan! A few years later and many great experiences later, she’s back in London. She’s currently Graphic Designer at Yo! Sushi and is looking for people to hang out with/anyone who’s interested in design - get in touch and make some magic.
Simone’s from Italy but lives in London - he and his best friend are the minds behind Al.ta.Cucina, where they share recipes for cooking Italian dishes in those type of short videos you can’t stop watching. They organically grew their community of 1 million but now they’re forming into an actual business, so they’re looking for any designer/developer who has in interest in delicious food!
Gopal was a CM first-timer and wowed us with his story. He’s done it all: Central Saint Martins, Saatchi and Saatchi, SFX animation for films like Superman, Krav Maga instructor, personal trainer and more. He’s leaving it all behind in October to surf the world, starting in India. He wants to document his journey and build a community through Instagram. He needs some help with social media strategy/how to win at Instagram. If you know anyone who’s interested or can help - get in touch!
Vivian wants to start a creative community in London, like CM or SoFar Sounds - somewhere to share ideas with open minded people. She was one of the organisers of Idea Bombing Sydney, a creative exchange for a better, which included a big wall to bomb with ideas. If you want to get together and make this happen, get in touch! Vivian’s also a product manager looking for a job, let her know if you know a guy who knows a guy.
Bhavini just moved back to London after living in Japan for three years. She’s got a background in biomedical science, but became a teacher and found her passion in connecting with others through confidence building. She’s a writer and a community-oriented creative looking for any projects to get involved in!
Alice is a fashion and costume designer. She worked with a fashion brand for a year and then broke off to explore her creativity and now wants to meet other interesting people and get involved in campaigns. She’s looking for people to work on projects/collaborations with - get in touch!
Stef’s part of our wonderful CM London team, and just so happens to be a super talented illustrator. He recently injured his dominant hand, so instead of seeing it as a setback, he used it as a challenge and started doing quirky left-hand drawings, documenting them on Instagram with #WhatIAmWithLeft! He now wants to create and share visual sketchnotes of inspiring stories of people that overcome disabilities to do what they love. If you know stories worth of sharing, contact him on Instagram.
Isabel used to be an english teacher and careers advisor in inner city schools. She saw a lack of opportunities for students who wanted to get into creative sectors and the system wasn’t fair. She started Pitch It, a social enterprise and a mentoring project for young people from less advantaged backgrounds looking to get into creative industries. She’s looking for help with their website development and is also on the lookout for anyone interested in being a mentor…get behind this great initiative!
Rose is one of our beautiful social media people. She’s an online community manager and is currently working with General Assembly, among others… But it’s lonely as a freelancer, so she’s looking to connect with other social media people to hang with and learn from - get in touch to chat!
Zara’s an ex-dancer and a Trinidadian Londonder (!). She quit her job recently, so she’s out there looking for something fresh and new. Zara’s here to help you develop your business ops and strategy! Get in touch with her and do something great together.
Soala’s the amazing Community Manager at Ustwo. She’s also one of the founders of People of Creativity, celebrating and connecting people of colour in the creative industries. They run workshops with young creatives and are looking for people and spaces! Get behind this!
Rees has spent the last few years working with music artists/bands. Now he’s set up a fashion brand called The Heights London, with the aim to support and celebrate the maker community, wherever it’s found. He’s looking for people and events to collaborate with - get in touch!
As you all know Victoria is our beautiful CM London host and basically the glue of the community. She’s started her own podcast series called The Work We Do, celebrating people with very undefined job titles who are doing interesting things around the world - it was recently featured in iTunes’ list of “New and Noteworthy” podcasts! She’s looking for someone to help out with sound quality - give her a shout if you can sort this!
April Community Minutes
Here are the Community Minutes from our last event! YAY!
In Kayna’s words, she’s looking to ditch her 9 to 5 to make her 5 to 9 her 9 to 5. She’s currently a therapist but wants to become a motion designer. She’s looking to swap skills with someone who knows about whiteboard film - someone who’s good with cinema 4D for support with whiteboard animation, hopefully it will be a pitch project that will make her a full time creative!
Steven’s freelancing for now but is looking for something more permanent in a business development/creative role. If you know anyone looking or of any opportunities - let him know!
Frankie’s the creative mastermind behind The Design Kids, a platform developed to celebrate and connect the next generation of creatives with the professional industry and beyond. She worked in the design industry for 12 years and believes that students are unsupported, so The Design Kids was started to help students figure out what they really want to do. Frankie’s been travelling round the world and is looking for students, grads, lecturers and creative directors (esp. if you’re not from this country) to join the community and showcase what the design industry looks like from the inside out.
A life-changing injury hasn’t stopped Sam’s determination and she’s doing a bunch of charity challenges, such as Senate House Abseil, Swim for Wildlife and MacMillan Peak District Mighty Hike, in the coming months. Any donations or sponsorship would be very helpful. Check out the details in her blog - and Happy Birthday for last week Sam!
Frankie’s from TCA, “Amazon’s #1 sportswear brand” - it’s a small team that’s growing very quickly and they’re looking to hire a graphic designer. So if you’re passionate about sports, fitness, design and creativity, get in touch!
Carl’s the mind behind Wurqs, an emotional intelligence platform looking to connect people. They’re hoping to dedicate 5% of profits to charities and diversity-driven initiatives. He’s on the lookout for places to invest in - so let him know of any opportunities.
Sam’s 12-month creative project 12by16 is gaining traction - get in touch if you’re interested. But this time, he told us about his full time job as a music manager for a big range of bands at Everybody’s. He wants to know more about VR and 360 landscapes a bit more - get in touch if you’ve got ideas!
This wonderful lady told us about a speaker series she’s started and she’s looking for people of all ages, men women, all colours, all backgrounds, to speak to big agencies and share what they’re doing.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get her name or contact at the end - if this is you, let us know and we’ll add all your details asap!
Lewis runs Lunar HQ, a really cool new co-working space on Hackney Road. They want to run creative workshops, so if you’ve got any skills that you want to share with the world - chat to Lewis!
Margot runs Creative Mornings in Minsk (woop!). She’s going to be talking at a conference in Belarus about technologies in creative industries, like VR and new media for artists etc. Get in touch if you have thoughts, ideas and things to talk about!
Margot - we didn’t get your details at the end! Send us your email address and we’ll add it asap.
Abby quit her job last week and now she’s a freelance copywriter. She’s worked for big brands and startups, so if you’re working on a cool project and need content - let her know. She’s also setting up an agency called Needs More Salt - matchmaking people in the music industry with creatives.
Toni studied Fine Art at university, she happened to get into graphic design and she loved it. Toni’s looking for any creative opportunities out there, ideally she wants to work in a design studio but any freelance work is great too - she likes mixed media and her style is quite experimental, check out her work below.
Kirsten’s an actress and she’s also part of a collective of eight theatre creatives called Think Tank Arts. They have a new venue in Streatham Hill (South London), they want to invigorate their community and are looking for people to bring in and encourage a creative spirit in that space. They’re also looking for board members from a range of backgrounds.
Alex pointed us to three more wonderful communities including Coding and Cocktails, a new and accessible event open to women who want to see if coding is for them.
- Thursday was especially busy and we didn’t get Alex’s details either, or the details of the other two communities he shouted out. Alex - get in touch with us!
Rose is our social media maestro, and also works for General Assembly - they’re launching a monthly series called “I Fucked Up”, they want to hear from any creatives about how you fucked up and what you did about it. Look out for info via Twitter.
Bianca’s the reason we get delicious OZone coffee every month at CM London. They’ve got lots of cool things going on, including workshops and supper clubs. Keep up-to-date with their Facebook page!
Edd’s doing his A Level’s at the moment and came all the way from Exeter to Aldgate. He’s doing English, History and Graphics, and his main passion is in graphics - he’s developed a fashion brand and is looking to expand his network. Get in touch if you’d like to talk!
Sree’s graduating from the Royal College of Art’s Global Innovation Design Programme today and she wanted to invite us all to the RCA final grad show on 24th June. Her own background’s in UX and she’s designed/worked for companies in New York and Japan over the past couple of years.
See you in May, lovely people!
March Community Minutes
Here are the Community Minutes from our last event!
Last month Carl mentioned the tech company he’s started called Wurqs, a self-development platform, focusing on emotional intelligence and empathy - and an associated monthly series called Everybody Wurqs. He’s looking for illustrators and animators to work with - get in touch!
Chloe’s shoutout was for her friend Marie who works for Ink Global and is looking for a freelance digital content strategist to work on Eurostar’s Metropolitan Magazine. Ideally looking for someone with a journalism and video content background with previous experience developing digital content for brands.
Peter’s the mind behind London Serendipity Week and he’s relaunching Wok+Wine in London on April 26th. Wok+Wine helps you to find the people (and opportunities) you didn’t know you were looking for. An evening of delicious jumbo prawns and wine and even more deliciously surprising conversation.
Anisah started a coding school for women in London with a one-for-one model - for every paying student they teach a disadvantaged woman in India how to code. They’re looking for coders and designers to join the team! Get in touch and do something brilliant together!
Elise is one of the great people at By Other Means art gallery in Clapton. They’re hosting lots of intensive art workshops and you can get an exclusive 20% off by using the code *createbyothermeans*. Her friend Rebecca is also hosting a Spring themed pop up dinner on 8th April, tickets below - get involved!
Vanessa’s doing her Masters research on how we can help people find their purpose and passion and she’s looking for stories from anyone with how/what they’ve done.
Gerry’s part of Flyy Tech and wants to bring learnings from their experience with startups and acceleration programmes to other industries. He’s looking for people in businesses that are desperate for innovation, or if you have hacks to recommend to people in different creative industries.
Sam’s into music and he manages bands, and one day he set himself a challenge to be more creative. He decided on a new creative theme each month in a year and produced something at the end of each month. It was a life-changing experience and he wants to roll this out to other people. He’s looking for another digital/ideas-person to help kick this off - get involved!
Stefan’s a photographer and here to offer his services! If anyone needs promo images, headshots or photos of your event, he’s your man. Stefan - get in touch with us so we can add your contact details!
Lewis has developed a cool little (co-working) space in east London and he wants to show off people with cool skills. If you want to run a workshop at Lunar HQ, get in touch!
Jay’s works for UI Centric and is looking for web/digital design people to work specifically with big brands involved in US broadcasting.
On the theme of Taboo and making mistakes, Billie pointed us to Fuckup Night - a global movement to share business failure stories where each speaker is given less than 10 minutes to tell the audience about their biggest fuckup. Check out Billie’s site “The Crazy Ones” below.
Priya’s part of the wonderful CM team and her project Yaha Archive is live! She’s putting together a people’s history of South Asians in Britain through family archives and vernacular photography. Submissions are now open - get involved and spread the word! She’s up for a coffee with anyone who wants to speak about archiving, digitising, curating, decolonial histories and the South Asian diaspora.
Anna wants to run a creative get-together in Kent - something like CM - and is looking for anyone who is keen, wants to talk or wants to help to make some magic happen.
Aino is part of Beyond, a design and technology ideas company. They’re looking for runners to help test their new iOS app - get in touch!
Here are the Community Minutes from our last event!
Laura works at the new Design Museum in Kensington and they’ve got a great programme. SUPERLOCAL 0 Miles Production Tour is a hands-on workshop coming up on 18th Feb where participants can learn about local sourcing and production with designer in residence Andrea De Chirico.
W/ Book tickets here.
Steven’s got a background in geographical sciences, he’s worked with FTSE100 companies and startups, including Escape the City. He’s looking to get into service design and design thinking - get in touch with him and make some magic together!
Gergana’s started up 11 Trails, a social network for adventure/travel junkies like herself. It relies on user-generated content, where people share the stories of their trips through photographs, enabling others to connect and go on similar adventures. She’s looking for a technical partner/CTO to help bring her vision to light.
Zainab is developing the community over at Monzo but she’s also started Coffee + Henna, connecting with others to share stories over a hot drink and some rad mendhi. Say hey!
5/ Nick Birkett
Nick’s the co-founder of Mr Bao on Rye Lane. He’s heading over to San Francisco soon and would really appreciate any contacts, especially of anyone who works in tech. Do your thing CM community!
Elise works at By Other Means Gallery, they’re about to start an artist-run supper club, where visual artists, musicians, designers, chefs come together and participate in creating a gastronomic experience together - pass details on to anyone you think might be interested!
BOM Gallery are also looking for a new space for their art salon, something like a cafe or apartment.
Elise is also a choir researcher and she needs help finding all the choirs in the UK! If you’re in a choir or if you want to be in a choir let her know.
Lewis works as a designer and he’s just done up a space on Hackney Road - Lunar HQ. If you know anyone that needs space to work, need a shop front or can help run workshops, get in touch!
8/ Anna Hiltur
In the spirit of new music experiences, Anna told us about Nordic Playlist. Discover nordic music and join them on Tuesday 24th at 7:30 when they’ll be livestreaming their show with Argentinian-Swedish folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, José González.
Zosia is part of Future Mapping Company, who bring together a love of cartography and graphic design. They’re doing user testing and need some help, at any time on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th for 15-30min, let Zosia know what time you want to drop by (you get a free map afterwards)!
Uslan announced Stour Space’s Good Day opening night, where they commemorated Ice Cube’s Good Day (20th Jan!) with art, music-based art and booze. The exhibition continues until 3rd Feb, so drop by.
Paul is CM London’s wonderful photographer and you might have seen him at our last few Mornings. While Paul was working as an architect, he was diagnosed with a chronic illness - a life changing time which resulted in him wanting to bring people together through photography. Now he’s looking for people who want to make photographs together - so get in touch if you want to be involved!
Rose has just joined our wonderful CM London team, and she also works with General Assembly. They’re currently looking for ethical startups to get in touch with - if you know any, let her know!
Joana has started Design Dharma, asking questions about the intersection of our spiritual life and our design practices. There’s a meet up coming up in the next couple of weeks at Roam Coliving’s new space in Chelsea.
We all know Victoria as the incredible host of CM London and now she’s starting a podcast called “The Work We Do” exploring new ways of working and living. Look out for the launch date! She’s also going to be talking to Joana (above) at General Assembly on 3rd Feb at 8:30am!
October Community Minutes
The last ten minutes of our CreativeMornings/London events are always dedicated to our community. You can share anything from a cool project you’re launching to an event you’re running to what you need help with.
Last week’s community minutes:
Shari is the Community Builder for Let It Grow, an incubator aiming to make cities in the world as green as possible. She’s on the lookout for entrepreneurs to join the programme - if you know anyone that’s doing innovative things with plants and flowers - let her know!
Boutziee is from the Ravensbourne design university and is looking for a subject or muse - she wants to to photograph people expressing their visual identity.
Will has 8 years of experience working on mobile app development, digital marketing and email design - if anyone needs his skills, get in touch asap! Will’s also looking to start a kickstarter campaign, so send over any advice you might have.
Rasa gave shoutout to Jason Briscoe - a CM LDN speaker on his new venture The Vision Mission. With the tag line “Laser eye surgery changed my life”, he hopes to change the lives of others with poor vision by donating vintage frames and raising money for others’ laser eye surgery.
Priya’s launching two exciting new projects in the next few months. She’s looking for people who know things about creating photographic archives, the South Asian diaspora in Britain and food trucks. Hit her up if you can help or if you want to know more!
Gretchen recently graduated in Graphic Design and moved over from Melbourne - she’s looking for a mentor in the industry and also somewhere where she can put her design skills to good use!
Experiments in Design meetup coming soon (10 Nov) with a talk on how designers can learn from Hitchcock’s direction and a quirky exercise on redesigning apps for famous movie characters.
Lisa’s the Communications Manager at Vinaya - wearable technology that helps you stay mindful and connected. She ran their very successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in the run up to the much anticipated launch. She’s also a writer and freelancer, so get in touch with her for any opportunities!
Rebecca’s looking for someone who can help her learn about Adobe - she’s happy to pay about £15/h.
Matt’s a freelance graphic designer - get in touch with him for any work or opportunities!
FormBox, the desktop vacuum former
Team Mayku are the perfect guests for October’s theme of Transparency, as they’re on a mission to open up the conversation about local production methods, access to tools and a deep consideration of where your products actually come from.
We’ll announce the drop on Twitter, don’t forget to follow us to get the latest news and join in on the conversation. We’ll be at a new CM venue at the Goldsmith’s Centre in Farringdon, and we’ll feed you with pastries and coffee to make sure we’re all bright eyed and bushy tailed.
See you there!
Wednesday 28 September 6.30-8.30pm (yes, it’s CreativeMornings/London at Night)
This month, you’re getting a double shot of CreativeMornings/London. Lucky you! In addition to our regular event taking place on 30 September with Matt Trinetti, we are hosting a workshop on Wednesday 28 September.We are teaming up with Wix.com who are flying over all the way from Tel Aviv and San Francisco to teach us how to build powerful brand stories. You’re invited! Join us for this free evening workshop where the brilliant Carolina Solari, Wix.com’s Head of Social Media & Blogs, will share her tips on:
- Turning your brand into a story that people can connect with
- Creating a cohesive brand on your website
- Connecting your brand to your customers on social media
Space is limited - don’t forget to register here!
Support the volunteers who make the magic happen!
Over the past seven years, we’ve collectively produced almost 3,000 events – and we’ve never charged our attendees for a single one (unless you count hugs or high fives as a currency!).
This magic wouldn’t exist without 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 even bring you 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 (the first one was pretty special) in Austin, Texas. It’ll bring 350+ organizers from across the globe together to exchange ideas, share best practices, and develop their leadership skills. They’ll return to their cities with more passion and energy to offer to their creative communities. That means you!
But we can’t do this alone. We launched a Kickstarter campaign to help these volunteers get to Austin.
If you believe that great communities make great things happen, this is your chance to impact hundreds of creative leaders around the globe. 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.
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 #CMsummit16 a reality by backing our Kickstarter. Giddyup!
A Day without Laughter is a Day Wasted
When was the last time you’ve seen a really good comedy?
One that inspired you or even made you cry?
Hold on… You can’t remember?
Don’t you worry! We’ve recently discovered one and want to organise a CM meet up for us to see it together!
Created by CreativeMornings speakers Eva Liparova and Sam Bailey, Black Dog Gold Fish is inspired by Sam’s own personal history of living with clinical depression and is created by their theatre company Parrot in the Tank. Designed as an immersive experience set in an aquarium, it explores the repercussions depression on day to day life, spinning the story of one troubled aquarium employee as he tries to liberate the captive fish back into the sea while he accidentally sinks towards the rock bottom of the aquarium himself.
The show premieres on the 15th March 2016 at the Hen & Chickens Theatre with the support of Arts Council England and is running until 27th March.
Book your ticket here and don’t miss out on it! Booked?
“Creativity is intelligence having fun …”
This is a guest post from our partner in crime, Streamtime!
You’ll have heard our name and seen our logo at CreativeMornings over the past year, but our guess is, you may know very little about us. So we thought we’d let you know a bit more, explain why we sponsor CreativeMornings and give you a heads up on an exciting year ahead.
Here at Streamtime we love being immersed in the creative community, both professionally and personally. We work closely with all sorts of creative companies to help them with their project management, with the ultimate aim to harness control of the serious stuff (AKA the boring bits) and free up that all important expressive time. But did you know that us Streamtime Aces are artistic types ourselves??
We have a fantastic mix of people who have come from a variety of creative backgrounds and who understand it from the inside. We’ve been Account Directors, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Media Buyers and Production Managers. In our spare time we also live creatively too. Our interests include silk tie design, upholstery, peanut butter making, photography, travel writing and music making.
So when Vicky and her lovely team asked us if we wanted to help make CreativeMornings/London happen, it was a simple decision. Not only do we have a chance to hang out with you crazy, cool, creative lot once a month but we also have a chance to bring something to the party too.
2016 is no exception. This year we’ll be launching a shiny new Streamtime. It’s fully web based, super simple and we can’t wait for you to try it out. We‘ll also continue having serious fun with our blog, webinars and podcasts to help keep you informed, entertained and up to date, taking our cue from Mr Einstein himself (that’s who we stole the title of this blog from in case you were wondering).
Streamtime is designed to help manage your busy creative studio - to make sense of the daily chaos that occurs in any creative company.
If you’d like to find our more or arrange a demo for your company, please follow this link: More info please
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