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October’s theme is Transparency!
We are a species that flourishes when we’re seen, when our work matters, and when we connect with and understand one another. What makes all of this possible is the posture of transparency—the willingness to be seen, knowing that transparency may not always be reciprocated or appreciated.
A boss sharing her vision with the team, looking your friend in the eye and telling the truth, or owning your mistakes—none of this is possible without transparency. These experiences are refreshing, and they change us because we’re used to having our shields up all of the time. It’s true it won’t always be joyful—transparency can lead to pain because truths are told and realities are flipped, but that doesn’t give merit to avoid it. Life is enormously better when we’re real with each other, and it makes us wonder why we can’t always assume this posture. Transparency merely invites us to do the hard work of building meaningful relationships the right way.
The theme was chosen by our Cincinnati chapter and illustrated by James Billiter. This month, 150+ cities will lead with transparency, inviting speakers that are passionate and eager to show through stories and ideas the impact of transparency and its necessity to not only build connections, but to enable them to thrive.
Some upcoming talks on #CMtransparency:
- Simon Sinek is a best-selling author, visionary thinker, and known for popularizing the concept of Why in 2009 at his TEDx talk. (San Diego)
- Mayor Rosalynn Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. (Grand Rapids)
- Conrad Benner is a photographer and the Founder/Editor of StreetsDept.com, a Philly-based photo-blog that documents and celebrates street art, graffiti, and urban exploration. (Philadelphia)
Whether it’s butter in coffee, bacon on donuts, fashion in the 80’s making a return, or the culture of an organization, weirdness reveals that there are no rules or right answers. 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.
This theme was chosen by our Austin chapter and illustrated by Will Bryant. This month, 150+ cities will get weird and play with weirdness. Rather than flinching at the unfamiliar, perhaps this is a time to embrace the strange, the new, and to explore our boundaries.
Here are some upcoming talks on #CMWeird:
- Shauna Johannesen is an award-winning writer, actor, and filmmaker who believes that stories matter. (Vancouver)
- Karen Hay is an award-winning designer that worked in various industries like hotel, retail, residential, and commerical. From Asia to the Middle East, she’s passionate about quality, service, and expertise. (Hong Kong)
- Justin Cucci moved to Denver permanently in 2008 and opened Root Down, a restaurant known for its accessible and inclusive culinary sophistication. Root Down has gained a loyal following and much critical acclaim for its globally-inspired seasonal cuisine. (Denver)
“Love would be two animals,” said the author Cheryl Strayed in Tiny Beautiful Things, “a hummingbird and a snake. Both are perfectly untrainable.” Whether it’s love for another person, love for our work, or a simple love like watching the sunrise or going for a walk, it is an emotion that is the lifeblood of our being. It can confuse and hurts us, but equally true, it can lift us up into a place where meaning and fulfillment pulsates like a heart. Love is simple, but naturally as human beings, we make it complex. The theme was chosen by our Ljubljana chapter and illustrated by Lucy Engelman. This theme is presented globally by Wix. This month, 148 cities will participate in advancing our understanding of love by tapping into the richness of diversity in worldviews within our community. Maybe to relearn how to love and be loved, we need to hear new stories that are different from ours, and to weave those revelations into ourselves. Some upcoming talks on #CMlove:
- Julia Sysmäläinen is a corporate type designer and has worked many years for Edenspiekermann Amsterdam and Berlin with customers like the American Academy, Bosch, and CBS-Holland. (Berlin)
- Gaia B. Amman is a Professor of Biology at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted “the professor of the month” by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals including Nature. (Buffalo)
- Ana Cristina Pereira is an author, columnist, and reporter that focuses on human rights issues and social exclusion such as poverty, protection of children, young people, and gender equality. (Portugal)
- Herrison Chicas is a renowned spoken word artist invited around the world to share his storytelling gift and his inspirational poetry to entertain, empower, and enlighten audiences. (Charlotte)
The world around us is always in flux. We, as individuals and as communities, affect how and why, as well as when and where, we push for change. As creatives and entrepreneurs, makers and doers — we have the chance to (re)shape and (re)define the world around us. This month, 137 cities (give our newest chapters a virtual high-five!) will be exploring the shifting lenses and multifaceted theme of Change. It was chosen by our Barcelona chapter and illustrated by the Barcelona-based Victor Bregante. The conversations will be as interesting and complex as the topic itself, with speakers including:
- Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder & CEO of Acumen, an organization dedicated to changing how the world tackles poverty (New York City)
- Mathew Chow, a design lead at IDEO who thinks about organizing for complexity and change (Vancouver)
- Edreys Wajed, a high school art teacher who practices ‘multipotentialitism,’ a way to use constant change to fuel creativity (Buffalo, their first event!)
- Elmar Mock, the co-creator of the Swatch watch whose philosophy of innovation has led to being an inventor in more than 150 patent families (Geneva)
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