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Michelle Angela Ortiz

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September 29, 8:30am • Center / Architecture + Design • part of a series on Compassion

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In September, we channeled the magical. Magic is about adding layers of wonder and surprise in our lives. In Philadelphia, Mike Smith – the Smith half of Smith & Diction – gave an inspiring talk about how doing something uncomfortable can lead to something incredible.

More than 150 CreativeMornings chapters worldwide took a walk on the “weird” side in August! 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. To celebrate that “weirdness,” we heard from Philadelphia’s premier couture taxidermist, Beth Beverly. “Taxidermy seems pretty weird,” she said. “…but aren’t we all weird?”

In July, we tackled the theme of “love.” Love is simple, but naturally as human beings, we make it complex. Dr. Timaree Schmit, a sexologist and host of the “Sex With Timaree” podcast, aims to promote rational, sex-positive, empirically-based knowledge about sexuality. In her talk at the Center / Architecture + Design in Center City Philadelphia, Timaree shared love lessons with our incredible creative community. Whether we’re looking to better connect with family, friends, or coworkers, we can take tips from both couples counseling sessions and from the polyamory community to build and sustain healthy relationships. In this talk, Timaree explored the value of nurturing relationships, the interconnected and interdependent nature of human networks, and the use of self reflection to understand the origins of negative interactions with others. Attendees learned how to use conflict to deepen relationships through a team-based approach to resolution, as well as how to integrate the practices of sex therapists and the polyamory community into any relationship.

CreativeMornings Philadelphia took the global theme – “broken” – literally when it came to our location. Our talk from Dr. Peter Lloyd Jones, who spoke about the brokenness of healthcare and using creative thinking to repair it, took place in the Penn Museum’s Lower Egypt Gallery alongside a Sphinx.

May’s global CreativeMornings theme was “reality,” so we turned to Chris Chrisman, a nationally known commercial photographer whose work spans from Mary Kay to Cirque du Soleil. “Reality is malleable,” he told us, “but if you want to shape it, you have to use your own hands.”

In April, CreativeMornings Philadelphia explored our global theme of “risk” with the CEO of La Colombe Coffee and host of Travel Channel’s “Dangerous Grounds,” Todd Carmichael.

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