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CreativeMornings Chapter is Coming to Dubai!

Posted on | June 13, 2014 | No Comments

This is simply great news.

Have you heard of CreativeMornings, they came on my radar 2 years ago when I was at TEDActive.

You really want to go and give them a look, www.creativemornings.com.

Not so new but very cool.

In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone.

Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals.

The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local sponsors, generous venues, and longterm partners.

Anyone can attend. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot.

Paul Kelly from triplew.me and myself began talking about CreativeMornings almost 2 years ago and almost immediately began the application process, we were on and off again simply because we wanted to make sure we did this right and could invest the time.

Four months ago all our ducks were in a row and we pushed the send button on our application and sat holding our breath.

Weeks of waiting, an interview, and more waiting we got the green light and the first CreativeMornings Chapter in the Middle East will be kicking off with its inaugural meeting at the end of September.

Here is a conversation I had with Sally Rumble the CreativeMorning’s Chief Happiness Officer.

I think this is the most exciting activity I have been involved with in Dubai and the logical next step from my work with TEDxDubai, TEDxDubaiWomen, TEDxAbuDhabiU and TEDxZU.

CreativeMornings is a hyper-local ideafest that happens 12 times a year, action/reaction/repeat/boom.

Now the fun begins!

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