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My 'Creative Morning' at Etsy HQ

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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.  

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Brands interested in humanity and being real should look to transparency.

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Brands interested in humanity and being real should look to transparency.

"Poet and fiction writer Benjamin Brindise will take us on a quest for transparency in an attempt to find the truth inside the lie."  Creative Mornings.

Benjamin talks about his journey to being vulnerable and truthful on stage and how that has liberated him and changed his work to be honest, real and transparent.  Overcoming his fear has gained him an audience, support and success.  People are interested in the truth. Brands seeking honest and human relationships can learn from Benjamin's lesson on transparency.  Being vulnerable and facing their fear of not being perfect will be an honest and transparent voice on stage that people are looking for and will respect. 

Benjamin Brindise (born 1987) is an American writer of fiction and poetry as well as a Teaching Artist at the Just Buffalo Literary Center. 

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