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Muse - Christy Coleman

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September 20, 8:30am • Studio Two Three • part of a series on Muse

September’s theme is Muse

Whether you’re a mathematician tinkering with complex equations or a musician pairing discordant notes together, searching for inspiration can often send you in circles. The longer you sit and wait for an epiphany to strike, the harder it gets to make progress.

What if you could get unstuck by turning to your muse?

Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. It invites you to bring your dreams to life using the raw materials found in your daily life. Artist and director Oroma Elewa once said, “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.”

The next time you want to draw out your muse, stimulate your imagination in a different context. Leave your desk, take a walk outside, read something different, observe the ordinary, or try your hand at a new recipe.

Chances are your muse will come out to play.

Our Dubai chapter chose this month’s exploration of Muse and Shahul Hameed illustrated the theme. Presented around the world by our Global Partner, Mailchimp.

JUSTICE | Carol Adams


Carol shared a heart-felt story about her life path as it relates to Justice. For those in attendance, it felt like we experienced something important together. We hope it will inspire people to take action and get involved where you can.

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Thank you community for showing up and supporting each other like you do.

Thank you to our generous partners at Capital One, IdeaWeavers, Worth Higgins and Associates, ICF Next, and Martin Agency.

Fair warning, the events described in this talk may be triggering for victims of violence. If you’d like to be touched and inspired by Carol’s story, learn more HERE.

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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 hands 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 Justice and Simona Cechova illustrated the theme.


END | MAGNUS HIERTA

We started at the end and worked our way backwards this July with Magnus Hierta of Hue & Cry. 

Thank you community for showing up and supporting each other like you do. 

Thank you to our generous partners at Capital One, IdeaWeavers, Worth Higgins and Associates, ICF Next, Martin Agency, Fahrenheit IT, and guest takeover partners at Joe Smith for a great 90s throwback experience. 

Watch the beginning, middle and end of the talk HERE.

See you next time! 

July’s theme is End

Ends are unique opportunities in disguise. They allow us to make meaning out of our past relationships, experiences, projects, and seasons in life. On the other hand, beginnings are romanticized and energize us to envision all the impressive things we will do. Headlines celebrate the latest rising startup or ‘it’ destinations travelers must see. But reaching the end of something can also carry meaningful joy.

Author Wes Moore once talked about the difference between our jobs and our work. Moore said, “Your goal should never be to start something. Your goal should be to end things.” When we truly fulfill an ending, it reflects growth and real change. We can create projects to end loneliness, walk away from empty relationships, change habits, or choose a different career trajectory. The secret about ‘the end’ is that it actually contains countless possibilities.

Our Rio de Janeiro chapter chose this month’s exploration of End and Isadora Zeferino illustrated the theme.

WONDER | EMILY HERR

Emily Herr uses her power for good as a Virginia based, travel ready muralist. She had us laughing and crying as we listened intently to her wonder/wander-full stories. 

Thank you to our generous partners at Capital One, IdeaWeavers, Worth Higgins and Associates, ICF Next, Martin Agency, and Joe Smith for keeping the lights on. 

Watch Emily’s talk here

June’s theme is Wonder

Our sense of wonder is the code for tapping into our most creative selves. It enables us to expand our horizons and encounter parallel universes that haven’t been explored yet.

According to the classical Greek philosopher Socrates, “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” By drawing us out of our typical patterns, wonderment reconnects us with our ability to marvel at new and beautiful things. We all have the capacity for wonder; but why do we lose sight of it?

As our lives get busier, we tend to streamline our schedules and relationships to become more efficient. We want to know what will happen and when it will happen. But extraordinary things occur if we make room for the unexpected. When we leave space in our plans, we create magical conditions for our imagination and thoughts to collide with one another. And it is from these sparks that our best ideas are born.

Our Copenhagen chapter chose this month’s exploration of Wonder and Rune Fisker illustrated the theme.

PRESERVE | JOHN HENLEY

Photographer John Henley captured moments that aren’t usually shared to preserve stories that aren’t usually told. His portfolio left us inspired to work from the inside out and pursue the things we love. 

Thank you to our generous partners at Capital One, IdeaWeavers, Worth Higgins and Associates, ICF Next, Martin Agency, Fahrenheit IT, and Joe Smith

May’s theme is Preserve

The beauty in our world deserves to be cherished, sustained, and rediscovered. We share this life, and every day we have the opportunity to act as thoughtful participants in it.

What do we care about? What do we take for granted? Would we miss it if it disappeared?

Preservation begins with asking deep questions and turning our attention to the environment around us.

Marine biologist and explorer Sylvia Earle wrote in her book, The World is Blue, “Should we race to see how quickly we can consume the last tuna, swordfish, and grouper? Or race to see what can be done to protect what remains? For now, there is still a choice.”

Our daily habits are a mirror reflecting back what we truly care about. Our actions are key to protecting the wellbeing of our communities, cities, and planet. Pause for a moment to notice what is being neglected and take an audit.

We can break out of patterns, simplify our lives, and focus on the things that will last a long time. Together, we can chart a brighter path into the future.

Our Charleston chapter chose this month’s exploration of Preserve and Chris Nickels illustrated the theme.

Thank you to our Global Partners—Mailchimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com—for supporting us.

INCLUSIVE | SALLY KEMP

I create opportunities for people to connect…to awkwardly & beautifully bump into each other and into new ideas.

And now that you’re here, be brave. Be everyway alive.

The last lines of Peter Gizzi’s poem that, for Sally Kemp, inspire thought and action. As founder of Milk River Arts, Sally uses courage and creativity to inspire a neurodiverse community of artists who make up a collective in the Church Hill neighborhood in Richmond, VA.

Her purpose is simple - Recognize and value the artists who live among us and introduce them to the right mentors & materials so they can support one another and amplify what is their One-of-a-Kind Voice. Sally curates the exchange between artists with and without disabilities and feels the hum of being most fully alive in moments where validation, delight and discovery spring up inside the studio.

Thank you to our generous partners at Capital One, IdeaWeavers, Worth Higgins and Associates, ICF Next, Martin Agency, and Joe Smith

  • Venue November Theatre
  • Coffee & Breakfast Urban Hang Suite
  • Videography Antonio Knoxx
  • Photography Jae and J Photo
  • In Kind Printing Keith Fabry

Watch the full talk here.

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