It’s a big week for CreativeMornings/Vancouver. On Friday we will be hosting Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and for the first time we will be live streaming to a satellite location in conjunction with Likemind Vancouver but I realize you may not know what I am writing about.
CreativeMornings is an event and speaker series which takes place the first Friday of every month and has done so in Vancouver since Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield was our first speaker in September of 2011. We’ve had great support from the Vancouver creative community packing the venue at the W2 cafe with close to 200 people shoulder to shoulder there to hear and interact with bright lights in industries covering community engagement, design, media and food. We offer people coffee, breakfast and on our best days, creative inspiration all before 10 am.
The only expectation of speakers is that they speak from within a context of creativity. In some cases we hear about process, at times it is education and at others it is humour; a recent speaker shared a slide that read “The closest thing I have to a kid is a website”.
CreativeMornings was founded in New York in 2008 and has since grown to nearly 40 cities world wide, it is a bit of a phenomena and I am grateful to have been able to help out in Vancouver since early on. Mostly I make pictures, but help out folding chairs and picking up coffee cups too. I got involved because creative work can be solitary and I like to engage and work with others for a common outcome. If you are a creative professional, or are aspiring to be, with much of your work done in a freelance sphere find an organization that you can contribute to, it makes a difference. We are all volunteers at CreativeMornings and we volunteer what is otherwise valuable and marketable experience because we enjoy working together and we believe that the reach of our once monthly events eclipse the effort it takes to make them happen.
So what do start up icon Stewart Butterfield, performer Biff Naked, culinary luminary Vikram Vij and type designer Jessica Hiesche have in common? They have all spoken at CreativeMornings/Vancouver and they all appear in my gallery.
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While these are my photos, I am only one of three photographers that shoot stills for CreativeMornings/Vancouver including Matthew Smith and Trevor Jansen and we are led by Johnathon Vaughn Strebly and you can see our Flickr Pool here: CreativeMornings/Vancouver