In between the season highlights, I get inspired at Glug Meets, notworking night hosted by an agency, and Glug Presents, talks showcasing stories behind the spectrum of creative individuals, studios, and projects across London’s landscape. Especially inspiring is the realness and infectious energy of Pip Jamieson, founder of The Dots the innovative digital platform Forbes calls LinkedIn for creatives, on her mission to connect 1 million creative professionals to jobs by 2018 and her tales as an entrepreneur from Australia/ New Zealand to UK. Scarlett Montanaro is another motivating example harnessing creative for good with CRACK + CIDER: Shop for the Homeless. Mr. Doodle embodies his art in every waking moment and lives to share it across the city, where you’re likely to experience his iconic, whimsical style going about your day.
September’s Glug Meets will be at the new home of Studio Output and Found Studio with a chance to try Vanishing Act, a demo of room scale VR experience about the story of a scientist who has digitised his memories developed by Marcus Moresby, director and head of VR. I first heard Marcus share about his project and being inspired by Punchdrunk immersive theatre, which I’m a big fan of their Sleep No More production in New York, at Inside the Mind of Brilliant Designer series by General Assembly (featured next in Part 2). Looking forward to check out this experience from one of the VR innovators!
Similarly across the pond, Creative Mornings was started in 2008 by Tina Roth Eisenberg for New York’s creative community with a monthly breakfast talk on a chosen theme providing an open space to connect like-minded individuals, now sharing positive vibes in 173 cities. I was introduced to this uplifting morning ritual by my friend Kath, a super engaged connector who values community building in life and work as a fellow explorer who has lived across the globe. Your experiences in all chapters of your life story are shaped by and reflected in the communities you engage in. Theme 51 in February 2017 reflects on moments that define us. Communications designer Joana Casaca Lemos summed it up best that everything you do is about people, from having empathy in design to community with the emphasis on unity in the word.
Theme 52 of taboo followed in March with Sam Piggott bravely sharing his story of a launch for Dojo iOS which caused 10,000 app crashes and openly talking about dealing with imposter syndrome. Props to Sam for such honesty and leading by example to encourage others that it’s ok to open up about such experiences and help others overcome fears of feeling like a fraud in the process. Creative Mornings really showcases the beautiful human behind amazing accomplishments.
May introduced theme 54 of serendipity and engages the community to ponder how we embrace and cultivate such delightful, unforeseen accidents often leading to opportunities we seek. Carl Martin, who’s worn many hats in his digital career and founder of Wurqs, reflects on how it’s the relationships he’s built over the years that’s lead to all his job opportunities and successes. Couldn’t agree more with his belief of being identified by your values rather than job title, and reminder to create value and help others while building your relationships, which serendipitously opens doors when the time comes.