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This month was all about money in the CreativeMornings world. The theme was selected by Daniel Frei, organizer of our Zürich chapter. From running a nonprofit to managing multi-million dollar corporations, the speakers this month came from a variety of backgrounds and approached the theme in a multitude of ways.

We were fortunate to partner with Squarespace for the month, an organization who both supported and participated in this global conversation.

"It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fine artist, illustrator, designer, art director, or entrepreneur – if you’re trying to make a living doing what you love, you’ve likely faced the difficult question of how to value your work. Squarespace is excited to explore a global conversation on money this month in cooperation with CreativeMornings."

— Squarespace on the topic of money

Biggest takeaway? A small amount of money with a big idea can go a long way. Go out and make something awesome!

See all of February's money talks as they get posted online here, and watch the best CreativeMornings talks online.

Waving from Providence, 

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Money Talk Highlights

"At the end of the day, it starts with making sure that you're solving the right business challenge." And Keith Wilmot knows all about solving business challenges.

Keith is the Vice President of IGNITOR (aka Chief IGNITOR), an internal creativity and innovation group at the Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. He's in charge of solving wicked business problem. In this talk, he shares some of his own insights on building commercial value with the audience.

Watch the talk.

At our Berlin event, Martina Flors shares lessons on how she built her own practice as a successful hand-letter and illustrator. 

"Just do it and show it," was the mantra for her talk, as Martina shows a few side projects she took on to improve her technique and get her work out there to lead to better and bigger endeavors.

Watch the talk.
We were excited to have the Awesome Foundation represented at several of our talks this month—one of which was with Mike Capsambelis of Awesome Pittsburgh.

At our event in Pittsburgh, Mike speaks on putting yourself out there to make awesome things happen. Talking about the Awesome Foundation model, Mike encourages us to just try something and that a small amount of money can make big things happen.

Watch the talk.
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Gregor Zakelj


"A small amount of money can be extremely powerful."
— Mike Capsambelis (watch it)

"A thousand dollars has a limit to what you can buy, but it has no limit of what it can lead to."
— Mike Capsambelis (watch it)

"Go do something awesome."
— Mike Capsambelis (watch it)

"I don't think we ever know how much reach we have when we truly put ourselves out there to give."
— Treana Peake (watch it)

"Creativity can create change in our world."
— Treana Peake (watch it)

"Break formulas."
— Martina Flor (watch it)

"Work is a very tangible thing that we can invest to go after the jobs that we want."
— Martina Flor (watch it)

"The most exciting projects are the ones that I don't know how to do."
— Carolyn Patton (watch it)

"If you don't have passion for what you do—stop doing it. Life is too short."

— Keith Wilmot (watch it)

What would you do if money were no object?

We asked this on the CreativeMornings Blog and our followers weighed in. Here's what they would do:

"Devote myself to creating many animation shorts and movies with my friends, and visiting as many new places as possible."  
- lizmaryo

"Invest. Donate. Invest. Donate."  
- garthdeblasio

"Do full time mission work in Honduras."  

"Travel, start my own business, lend some of my money to other creative people so they can create something new."  
- nonsense-world

"I'd probably never stop going somewhere—I think I'd get on a bike and never stop riding. Something new every single day!"  

"The question is what wouldn't I do..."  

Icebreaker of the Month

Icebreakertags started at our New York event. You can create your own using the Icebreakertag generator, or see some others on the Icebreakertags Blog here.

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