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August 29, 5:30pm • Gather - Arts District •

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.

Flow through the photos here.

April’s theme is Inclusive

When different people come into our lives, they bring gifts. We can blend the best of our wisdom with the best of theirs. We can teach and learn from each other to produce closer circles that foster community and commit to diversity.

People who include with intention, raise their hand to do the work of embracing what is unfamiliar. Inclusion is an attitude to consciously be open to ideas that come from outside of our settled ways of thinking or feeling. It’s about making a decision that comes from a place of love, of caring for others.

When you place inclusivity at the center of how you live, it has great power to heal, elevate new voices, and change the narrative of who belongs. As diversity advocate Vernā Myers once said, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” Our Grand Rapids chapter chose this month’s exploration of Inclusive, Libby VanderPloeg illustrated the theme, and WordPress.com is presenting the theme globally.

WATER | REBECCA THOMAS

“One theme has remained consistent throughout my career: I rely on my best ideas for work.” Rebecca Thomas is a veteran entrepreneur, expert problem-solver and writer of useful things. Her entrepreneurial career began at twenty-four with a small real estate firm. In 2005 she opened a retail wine bar which has grown into a 150 seat restaurant (kybecca.com).

Her experience in building a restaurant from the ground up, sustaining it and evolving the business to meet a changing marketplace has enabled her to understand how important it is to set your enterprise up correctly from the get-go. Structure sets success.

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

  • Venue The Woman’s Club of Richmond
  • Coffee & Breakfast Lamplighter Coffee Roasters
  • Videography Starchild Productions
  • Photography Heather Michelle Photography 
  • In Kind Printing Keith Fabry

Watch the fluid talk here.

Flow through the photos here. 

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