November’s Theme is Radical. 

When we embrace radical ideas for positive change, we must be willing to reconstruct what we see and act otherwise. Better doors and realities can only open when we collectively start to move differently. 

“In the space of ‘ideas’ is where we can radically change systems,” explains artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez. “And that is, how do we completely re-envision our society?” 

Being radical can also be as simple as exercising a new level of hospitality and generosity. Entrepreneur and activist Tanya Torp shares, “It’s radical when you let other people lead, and you get out of the way. I define radical hospitality as ‘transformational connections through welcome.’” 

This month, we encourage you to quiet your mind and think about a few areas you’re willing to shake things up. Together, let’s create more radically profound, kind, and welcoming rooms. 

Our San Diego chapter chose this month’s exploration of Radical and Maheswari Janarthanan illustrated the theme. Mailchimp is presenting the theme globally!

Larnzell Harper spoke to October’s theme TRANSIT.

Hosted virtually on Friday, 10/23.

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October’s Theme is Transit. 

How can we make space for new ideas and creative energy while staying in place? 

While cars, trains, boats, planes, and our many modes of transportation may take us where we need to go — taking note of our inner worlds and soaking in the details around us can often be the best vehicles of renewal. 

Your search might lead you to long strolls in nature, cooking to your favorite tunes, gazing up at the sky, or getting lost in an immersive process. Finding your calm and filling your cup first will help you become a fuller version of yourself — not only for you, but also for those who might need you. 

Make a list of activities you can turn to when you need to get from point A to B. Leave it somewhere you can easily access and turn to it when things get tough. 

Our Cleveland chapter chose this month’s exploration of Transit and Aleea Rae illustrated the theme.

Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson along with C. L. "Rooster" Martinez shared September’s theme Spectrum.

Hosted virtually on Friday, 9/18.

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September’s Theme is Spectrum.

A band of colors, expanding definitions, a broad array of identities — we all live within multiple spectrums, colliding and intersecting with one another. Like the diversity in our foods, styles of music, and the skills we exercise, our needs are distinct with no one size fits all solution.

Understanding and championing other realities normalizes saying: What I experience, feel, and notice may not be what you know to be true. “Design for the spectrum and not the mean,” said​ ​Michael Kaufmann​ in his CreativeMornings talk. “How do we move beyond courteous hospitality to courageous inclusivity?”

As individuals committed to artfully living, we can paint refreshing possibilities that are not just for ourselves but also for others. Assemble your tools: Listen, look within, embrace the weird, and take the prism and flip it on its head — you’ll likely find a breathtaking blend of opportunities to make a difference.

Our​ Las Vegas​ chapter chose this month’s exploration of Spectrum​ and ​Iandry Randriamandroso​ illustrated the theme.

Naomi Shihab Nye spoke to August’s theme Stress.

Hosted virtually on Friday, 8/14.

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August’s Theme is Stress.
Stress, in its most basic form, is a response.
The feeling of stress can often manifest as a palpable tension flowing through your body. Stress can creep into the corners of your thoughts and decisions — eager to cloud your clarity and take power away from you.
As a popular saying goes, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom,” What can you do when stress manifests itself in your body, mind, and spirit?
Create your own mantras, get fresh air, meditate, write, play music, sleep, or stay still. Push away from the habits that add stress to your life. Get more familiar with the feeling of calm, so that when stress arises, you can gently guide yourself toward it. As Shannon Lee teaches us in her CreativeMornings talk, it is possible to “create and restructure life,” for yourself, based on how you’d like to live.
In the space between the stimulus and response, take some of the spotlight away from stress by calling in your breath — and ask it to walk out the door.
Our Warsaw chapter chose this month’s exploration of Stress and Shanee Benjaminillustrated the theme.

Brian Hawes & Seth Roberts spoke to July’s theme UNDERDOG.

Hosted virtually on Friday, 7/24.

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July’s Theme is Underdog. An underdog questions and expands what’s considered possible. When others expect them to lose, underdogs must lean on their self-trust and hard won experiences to envision and fiercely assert new realities. They do not dwell on what’s expected of them, but instead focus on what’s not expected of them. In “A Letter to My Nephew,” James Baldwin writes, “You were not expected to aspire to excellence. You were expected to make peace with mediocrity […] Take no one’s word for anything, including mine, but trust your experience. Know whence you came. If you know whence you came, there is really no limit to where you can go.” Whether you’re an underdog yourself or you know someone who is, you can help raise the bar. Recognize that every day is an opportunity to participate in life-affirming problem solving, and that every moment is an opportunity to engage creatively with your sense of what is possible. Call in and deploy your experience, your intuition, and your voice. The arena of change is calling. Our Edinburgh chapter chose this month’s exploration of Underdog, Astrid Jaekel illustrated the theme, and it’s presented globally by Mailchimp

Kiran Kaur Bains spoke to June’s theme INSECURE.

Hosted virtually on Friday, 6/19.

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