I am the Director of Brand, Culture, and Community at MGA | Michael Green Architecure in Vancouver, BC. For five I years I led TILT Curiosity Labs at HCMA Architecture + Design, a series of strategic initiatives, experiments, investigations, and interventions with a mandate to help the firm maximize positive social impact. And before that I managed a brand strategy and communication design firm that I co-founded.
I often get to play the (very cool) role of “constructive disruptor,” watching for patterns, gaps, connections, and opportunities that might help creative professionals step away from their comfort zones and daily tasks, and away from the traditions and habits that might hinder its ability to explore the many perspectives in the world, so that they may lean into discomfort and discovery and finds ways to move from “what is” to “what if" and more freely dream about a world that could be. I adore designing, curating, producing, and hosting gatherings, and meaningful dialogue-focused events (like CreativeMornings!) which builds connection, conversation, and capacity of the creative community. I am also a lifelong food fanatic and cooking and cuisine is an important way that connects me to people, places, and culture.
Some trivia about me ⇨ “There is no truth. There is only perception.” (Gustave Flaubert) ⇨ I love being wrong (when it leads to learning and correction) ⇨ I collect probing, often uncomfortable questions (can you handle being vulnerable?) ⇨ I have been called a “limbic energy machine” (i.e. I give and feed on energy) ⇨ I have studied the culinary arts and love cooking for others (more than eating even) ⇨ I am an ordained Dudeist Priest and can perform marriage ceremonies (Seriously, Google it)
Design, business, marketing, the interwebs, community engagement and food.
Creating an idea army that revolutionizes Vancouver into the creative centre for innovation and friendly, engaged community we all know it is capable of becoming.
Be yourself, treat people the way you'd like to be treated, and don't worry who likes you or not—that'll work itself out.
Anyone who is able to be vulnerable, naturally humble, and admit and learn from their mistakes is someone I will always admire. Truly creative people seem to share these traits.
My telephone number from '70s.
How to stop hiccups.
Mark’s CreativeMornings activity
Matthew Clark Synapses and Synecdoches
Pamela Goldsmith-Jones Former Mayor of West Vancouver
Ilana Labow Fresh Roots
Ian Ruhter Photography, Alchemy, and The Future
Natacha Beim Reuse and creativity in education
Treana Peake Money Well Spent
Joseph Wu ADHD, Depression, Origami, & Happiness
Vikram Vij Creativity in the kitchen and in life.
Jessica Hische Grab the Reins and F*cking Do it
Crystal Pite Conflict is Vital
Mike Tippett CMVan November 1 Teaser
My brain doesn't quite work right.