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My 'Creative Morning' at Etsy HQ


My 'Creative Morning' at Etsy HQ

I joined a group called Creative Mornings.  It's a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. The organization is a bottom's up community comprised of local chapters across the globe. Their manifesto is:

Everyone is creative.

A creative life requires bravery and action, honesty and hard work. We are here to support you, celebrate with you, and encourage you to make the things you love.

We believe in the power of community. We believe in giving a damn. We believe in face-to-face connections, in learning from others, in hugs and high-fives.

We bring together people who are driven by passion and purpose, confident that they will inspire one another, and inspire change in neighborhoods and cities around the world.

Everyone is welcome.

This month the theme is "Fantasy" and Randy Hunt, the head of design at Etsy spoke on the power of Fantasy in storytelling comparing a famous architect's premeditated and well designed funeral with Kanye West's Saint Pablo tour highlighting the power of design to transport us into fantastic places. Randy Hunt is an amazing guy and Etsy headquarters is proof of his skills as the architect of the brand's expressions.  

Here is a peek into the public floor (6) where Etsy Labs and the Etsytorium both live.  The curation of art and craft, the Etsy voice in signage and design choices as well as the functionality of the space made it a morning to remember.  


Be brave.  Be transparent.  Embrace Radical Transparency.


Be brave. Be transparent. Embrace Radical Transparency.

Be brave.  Be transparent.  

Agencies are especially guilty of being more about "smoke and mirrors" with clients than being transparent with them and I would argue this leads to losing clients and employees. 

(Watch Carolyn Kopprasch talk about transparency)

Carolyn Kopprasch, Chief Happiness Officer of Buffer, shares how transparency in a business and in life translates into empathy.

To paraphrase Carolyn, building strong client relationships, sharing pricing structure and profit, making the right hires, being internally transparent with salaries, equity and especially self-improvement all have a magical effect on relationships promoting empathy between people inside and out of the company.

I believe in the power of empathy. I wonder how I can be more transparent with my partners and clients.