I am a director in an interdisciplinary design and architecture firm called HCMA where I help lead strategic initiatives, experiments, investigations, and interventions (we call this TILT Curiosity Labs) that help our team fulfil its mandate of maximizing positive social impact. I have the coolest job where I get to play the role of “constructive disruptor” by watching for patterns, gaps, connections, and opportunities that might help creative professionals step away from their comfort zones and daily tasks, and away from the traditions and habits that might hinder its ability to explore the many perspectives in the world, so that they may lean into discomfort and discovery and finds ways to move from “what is” to “what if" and more freely dream about a world that could be. A particularly rewarding aspect of my job is designing, curating, producing, and hosting gatherings, and meaningful dialogue-focused events such as the free monthly breakfast lecture series CreativeMornings which builds connection, conversation, and capacity of the creative community. I am also a lifelong food fanatic and cooking and cuisine is an important way that connects me to people, places, and culture.
Some trivia about me ⇨ “There is no truth. There is only perception.” (Gustave Flaubert) ⇨ I love being wrong (when it leads to learning and correction) ⇨ I collect probing, often uncomfortable questions (can you handle being vulnerable?) ⇨ I have been called a “limbic energy machine” (i.e. I give and feed on energy) ⇨ I have studied the culinary arts and love cooking for others (more than eating even) ⇨ I am an ordained Dudeist Priest and can perform marriage ceremonies (Seriously, Google it)
Design, business, marketing, the interwebs, community engagement and food.
Creating an idea army that revolutionizes Vancouver into the creative centre for innovation and friendly, engaged community we all know it is capable of becoming.
Be yourself, treat people the way you'd like to be treated, and don't worry who likes you or not—that'll work itself out.
Anyone who is able to be vulnerable, naturally humble, and admit and learn from their mistakes is someone I will always admire. Truly creative people seem to share these traits.
My telephone number from '70s.
How to stop hiccups.
Mark’s CreativeMornings activity
Damon Gameau Director, Writer and Producer
Dan Mangan Musicians, Song and Community Engagement
Sam Bradd The Visual Language
Samantha Reynolds Empathy and Human Interaction
How exactly, professor, does one spark a social awakening? To which she said what perhaps no Harvard professor has ever said. She said, "I don't know."
Casey Gerald Purpose is the New Bottom Line
CreativeMornings/Austin Team Second Cut
Robert Chaplin Teaser: On the benefits of caffeine
All of you have convening power. We're not in the industrial economy anymore, we're in the connection economy—and connection creates value.
Lee LeFever Optimizing for Happiness by Saying No
Charles van Sandwyk Christmas in July
My friends who are very self-critical edit before they actually do anything. They assume that no matter what they do, it's not going to be good and so they don't even bother doing it.
Moby Creativity and the Freedom to Fail
Heather Dawn Jones Minimal Repurposed
Wendell Phillips Hidden in photography
Elaine Carol Helping Youth at Risk
Rachael Ashe Rachael Ashe: December 6 Teaser
Mike Tippett Bravery
Matthew Clark Synapses and Synecdoches
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones Former Mayor of West Vancouver