December’s theme is TRADITION 

Traditions are sacred because they cultivate consistency and a sense of belonging. It’s the bread and butter for fostering connection and community.

We’re in a time where traditions are being challenged and remixed. We question how they came to be and the context in how (or if) they fit into the future. 

“This is just the way it is” is a statement of fear, not possibility. It undermines the human capacity to adapt and create change. Traditions are made by us, for us, so therefore they can be reinvented with intention and imagination. 

You may not start the next national holiday, but you can bring to the table your generosity, your kindness, your vision and heart to create a more welcoming future. 

Our last 2018 global theme TRADITION was chosen Barranquilla chapter and Andrés M. Felfle illustrated the theme.

Elizabeth Johnson spoke to the global theme of RESTART.

Hosted at Pharm Table on Friday, 11/16.

Special thanks to Pharm Table and Lone Star Capital Bank for their support.

And cheers to our coffee partner Brown Coffee Company.

November’s theme is RESTARTI need to disconnect. There’s too much noise in my head. I am burning out. I need space to rethink everything. I need a hard reset. Exhaustion is like dehydration—when you feel it, you’ve gone too far. So we finally cave in and heed the words of people who’ve found their centers again: take a trip into nature, go for walks, unplug completely. The challenge with restarting is that we often save it for the end rather than creating pockets throughout our weeks where we prioritize reflection and solitude. Restarting is essential. It’s a way to digest experiences, reflect and cultivate self-awareness, and remind ourselves that life is to be enjoyed. It’s refreshing and feeds greater intention and momentum into our creative endeavors. If you find yourself feeling like you’re on a treadmill with an invisible hand increasing the velocity, remind yourself: only you have the power to get off and recalibrate. Our global exploration of Restart was chosen by our Cologne chapter and illustrated by Marie Maerz. Thank you to Adobe for empowering the global creative community this month. 

San Antonio’s Emily Royall will speak to the global theme of HONESTY.

Hosted at Geekdom Event Center on Friday, 10/26.

Special thanks to SA Startup Week.

And cheers to our coffee partner Estate Coffee Company.

Our global theme for October is HONESTY.

Honesty is the currency for connection. It’s a gift we give to each other that strengthens bonds and deepens relationships.

Honesty is a practice where we start from the heart.

Being honest isn’t always easy and being honest all of the time is impractical. Giving honest feedback or sharing our opinions requires sensitivity to the context and meeting others where they are—with kindness and empathy.

Honesty is about providing the information that you would want if you were in a similar situation.

Another way to look at honesty: it’s a flower born out of the soil of trust, connection, and conversations. The more we nurture conversations that breed trust and forge a connection, the more honesty becomes baked into the way we lead our lives.

This month’s global exploration of Honesty was chosen by our Cardiff chapter, and illustrated by James Lewis. Thank you to Mailchimp, Adobe, and WordPress.com for empowering the global creative community.

San Antonio’s Charlie Biedenharn spoke to the global theme of CHAOS.

Hosted at Southwest School of Art on Friday, 9/21.

Special thanks to Bakery Lorraine and Direct Motion Technologies.

And cheers to our coffee partner: Estate Coffee Company.

This month’s global exploration of Chaos is presented globally by MailChimp. It was chosen by our Tijuana chapter, and illustrated by ERABOY.

When you think of chaos, you might think of utter confusion, a jumbled mess, destruction, or Slack being down. But previously the word “chaos” had a different meaning. In ancient Greece, writers and thinkers described chaos as more of an abyss, an empty void that existed before life. It wasn’t until the 1600s, when it was adopted by the English language, that it grew undertones of mass confusion or pain. Life, by nature, is chaotic. And the human brain is beautifully designed to turn chaos into order. Whether through storytelling, art, or through the veneer of self-delusions, we’re built to handle the randomness and uncertainty of daily life. When a tornado rips through town, one person may see chaos where another sees a fresh start. So, then, a creative addendum: We are in control of the story we tell ourselves about the events that unfold before us. We can view chaos as a freight train hitting our soul or we can see it as a catalyst for clarity.