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Hamza Perez

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February 24, 8:30am • Union Project • part of a series on Moments

Whether it’s butter in coffee, bacon on donuts, fashion in the 80’s making a return, or the culture of an organization, weirdness reveals that there are no rules or right answers. Weirdness widens the edges of the status quo, and if we allow it, it adds beauty to our lives because it introduces us to a multitude of complexities that we may be ignoring.

This theme was chosen by our Austin chapter and illustrated by Will Bryant. This month, 150+ cities will get weird and play with weirdness. Rather than flinching at the unfamiliar, perhaps this is a time to embrace the strange, the new, and to explore our boundaries.

“Love would be two animals,” said the author Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things, “a hummingbird and a snake. Both are perfectly untrainable.”

Whether it’s love for another person, love for our work, or a simple love like watching the sunrise or going for a walk, it is an emotion that is the lifeblood of our being. It can confuse and hurts us, but equally true, it can lift us up into a place where meaning and fulfillment pulsates like a heart. Love is simple, but naturally as human beings, we make it complex.

Gaze and eye contact are simple acts, but when our attention transforms into vigilance, we begin to notice things that weren’t immediately obvious. We might notice an extra space in a paragraph or details within the texture of the page that weren’t appreciated. When we turn our eyes to the government, healthcare, traditional education or public transportation, we realize how broken everything is; it makes you wonder how the world stays intact. The difference between those who make change and those who don’t is the difference between pointing at something and saying it’s broken versus pointing at it and saying, “I am going to fix this.”

The theme was chosen by our Washington, DC chapter and illustrated by Donald Ely. This month 142 cities are not only showing you what’s broken in the world, but will also share the framework and mindset for noticing these opportunities, weaving together resources and people, and making a meaningful change that lasts.

Thanks to everyone who attended last Friday’s ‪Creative Mornings‬! A special thanks to our speaker D.S. Kinsel and our sponsors The Sprout Fund, Winchester Thurston School, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh and FreeBurgh. Stay tuned for this month’s ‪#‎CMPGH‬! ‪#‎CMreality‬ 📷- classic1824

CreativeMornings/PGH April 22!

Featuring Sharon Needles

This reviled sweetheart fled the cornfields of Iowa for the dark, exciting city of Pittsburgh, where she paraded on stage like a vampire in high fashion. People thought she was either stupid or possessed by a drag demon until Sharon won season four of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” posed for PETA and the cover of Out magazine’s most influential people list, and was honored by the Pittsburgh City Council who declared June 12 “Sharon Needles Day” for her outstanding work as an advocate for LGBT youth.Sharon Needles has since released two full-length studio albums (“PG-13” and “Taxidermy,” both available on iTunes), hosted a weekly horror film TV series, and received excellent reviews for her role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in a theater production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She continues to tour - and terrorize - the world with her various creative pursuits.

Join us April 22 at 8:30AM at City Theatre.

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CreativeMornings/PGH March 25!

Featuring Melanie Harrington

Melanie Harrington serves as the first President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit economic development organization spearheading initiatives to attract, retain, and elevate a diverse workforce in the Pittsburgh region.  She currently serves on the Boards of Sustainable Pittsburgh; the Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership; YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, and Insight into Diversity, a national magazine and online recruitment site that promotes equal opportunity employment. She is also an expert panelist for the 2016 Edition of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks and a member of the Diversity Collegium (an international think tank of diversity practitioners).  Additionally, Melanie serves on the Civic Advisory Committee for the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative; the UPMC Board Committee on Inclusion & Diversity; and Inaugural Penn State Center Advisory Council.  

Join us March 25 at 8 am at the Union Project.

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CreativeMornings/PGH February 19!

Featuring Saleem Ghubril

Saleem Ghubril is a committed and passionate advocate for children and for the City of Pittsburgh. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has devoted his life to serving the people of his community through outreach and education programs.

In 1985, Saleem founded The Pittsburgh Project, a community development organization that annually provides free home renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors, and mentors, educates, and deploys thousands of volunteer youth in meaningful community service initiatives. Saleem led The Pittsburgh Project until 2008, when he assumed the leadership of The Pittsburgh Promise.

The Pittsburgh Promise is a regional economic and workforce development entity that focuses on transforming the quality of education and life in the City of Pittsburgh, and making higher education a reality for all of Pittsburgh’s urban youth.

He is currently the volunteer pastor of the Mosaic Community Church in Pittsburgh. He also serves on the boards of The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

February Is Ethics

We navigate the muddy waters of ethics every day. They’re present in everything from the values we define for our identities to how we interact with clients to the principals of engaging with other creative work on the internet. How have ethics, particularly in the creative world, evolved since their philosophical conception? Why do we create these codes of ethics in the first place? When should we examine what dictates our conscience? And what really makes up a solid, moral value system, anyway?

The theme was chosen by the Madrid chapter.