Next San Francisco speaker
We do our best to make sure we have great talks, inspiring spaces, and tasty coffee every month, but the best part of CreativeMornings is the people. So we’re showcasing a few of the faces of CMSF, and you could be next! First up, meet Sophia.
What’s your day job?
I do Product Design with a UX focus. I am currently collaborating with the team at Openfarm.cc, a wikipedia for growing edible plants. On week ends, I bake sourdough bread.
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Mashed banana, cinnamon, peanut butter on tartines and green tea… :)
Where’s a place you’d stop on a free afternoon in SF?
Probably ride my bike up to the highest corner of Dolores Park and enjoy the view and the fog, if not the sun :-)
What’s one thing you’ve been inspired by lately?
Noisebridge hackerspace has been persistently inspiring to me: How do you rethink an organization with no hierarchy and 100% based on individual initiatives? And even myself as a person, what drives me when there is no obligation?
“If you want something done, DO-IT but remember to be excellent to each other when doing so.” is their motto and Noisebridge is a playground of expression. On the top of that, it inspires giving back to the community as we receive a lot without even asking. And of course everything is open source and towards accessibility. Love the mindset there!
In the spirit of this month’s Magic theme, what do you find magical that others might not?
Bread! The way it is never made the same, between the leaven’s science and the art of shaping, the look of the crust and the crumb, the way it taste and smell, the way it nourrishes, the way it is not the same just out of the oven and after 3 days, the way it builds memories…
We’re delighted to welcome AND CO as the newest partner of CM/SF! They’re a resource for freelancers that brings together the best of tech with a human touch to help you get your work done, get paid, and learn from other independent workers. Partnership Manager Andrew Ward shares why it was important for them to connect with our community.
It’s essential for us all. From the solitary to the most connected of humans, support keeps us moving and motivated through the ups and downs of life and business. For creatives across the world, and especially freelancers, support can often be hard to find. It’s important to have a collective of intelligent thinkers around you that will spark ideas and challenge your work to reach its maximum potential. Whether it’s a mentor or a respected colleague in the creative field, together you provide support for your ideas, creations, and general relationships.
Be it the momentary break from a stretch of solitary work or the routine meetup to discuss your recent projects, creatives occasionally require support from their community. When you find a great group, cherish it and give back to it so others can benefit from it just like you did.
It’s that ethos which embodies CreativeMornings chapters across the globe. Since its beginnings in New York City in 2008, CreativeMornings has spread like wildfire, igniting creative minds and forming communities in each city it establishes chapters in. The growth of CreativeMornings built an amazing support network that helps creatives meet fellow creatives and get inspired more than before. From Brooklyn to Austin to Aarhus to Zurich, 151 cities across the world now embrace the idea of a monthly breakfast lecture, 20-minute talk, and the sweet, sweet perk of free, delicious coffee—all in the name of furthering a supportive community. Each month, creatives have a place to discuss, network, and enjoy the company of the community they might not have otherwise tapped into.
That’s why AND CO is proud to be the newest supporter of CreativeMornings/San Francisco!
With so many great cities to potentially work with, San Francisco was a hard, yet obvious, choice. As a hotbed of creative and innovative freelancers, AND CO knew it had to link up with the great folks at CreativeMornings/SF. With incredible leadership from the likes of Rita Troyer and dynamic speakers like Sim Thadani, it was a no-brainer to be part of the community and provide a bit more support to the creative network. For AND CO, freelance is our focus and supporting the community at large is our end-game.
By combining leading smart technology with skilled Chief Operators, AND CO generates invoices, tracks payments and hours logged, and even answers some tax deductible related questions, amongst a growing array of offerings for our members. In doing so, freelancers open up their schedules—allowing them to focus more on their craft and business rather than the millstone-like burden of administrative tasks and learning complicated invoicing software.
See you in the morning!