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CreativeMornings wants to build a growing, searchable archive of every talk from its 34 chapters around the world.

Aug. 20, 2012

You people are amazing. Thank you so much to all of our backers. On our campaign’s first day, we surpassed our $35k goal to build the archive of CreativeMornings talks.

This overwhelming response has made us realize that this Kickstarter is our opportunity to create a tool that can take CM to the next level. Features like dedicated sections for every city and a custom backend for all organizers are long overdue and would be *so* valuable.

Every additional dollar will go towards building this new, exciting hub for the CreativeMornings world. Let’s do this! Thank you so much for your support.

Waving from Brooklyn,
Tina, Kevin + Carly

CreativeMornings is a global, breakfast lecture series run entirely by volunteers.

After attending several conferences over the past few years, Tina (aka swissmiss) felt like there had to be a more accessible event that was really just about bringing likeminded people together. So, she started CreativeMornings.

One Friday morning a month, people in the creative community gather to hear a speaker share their story. The best part is that the coffee, the breakfast, the lecture --- everything is free.

A sampling of past speakers include Jason Fried (Founder, 37signals), Paola Antonelli (Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA), Stewart Butterfield (Co-Founder, Flickr), Milton Glaser (I♥NY), David McCandless (Make Information Beautiful), Jessica Hische (letterer and illustrator), and Mike Monteiro (Founder of Mule Design).

We’re growing... fast.

Once called “TED for the rest of us” by The Atlantic, CreativeMornings was in four cities only a year ago. Now we are at 34 chapters and span six continents, thanks to our hard working hosts all around the world.

So here’s the problem. 34 chapters means 34 talks every month. We never planned for CreativeMornings to grow like this. We’ve been taping these talks all along, but as of now they are spread across the internet. It kills us that there are videos from hundreds of leading designers, artists, chefs, entrepreneurs, and no good place to see them all.

You should be able to find every CreativeMornings talk in the same place.

Here’s why we’re turning to Kickstarter. We have the potential to create a growing archive of stories, ideas and advice from remarkable creative minds across 34 cities, but we need to start building it now.

We need to:

  • Process, tag and organize all of the CreativeMornings content, over a thousand hours of footage. (Videos need to be edited, talks need to be transcribed etc.)
  • Design the Information Architecture and User Interface for the new site (Tina will lead the design with the help of an assistant designer)
  • Build the custom backend for our organizers to manage and update (we’re working with a trusted development shop) 

Everything at CreativeMornings is made possible by volunteers. Unbelievable volunteer hosts organize the chapters, venues are donated, and local sponsors cover breakfast. We’ve never charged a dollar for a CreativeMornings event and now we’re turning to you to help us take CM to the next level.

Our grand vision...

For the future, we would *love* to create the new hub for the CreativeMornings world. Our fundraising goal is based on a processing all of the content and building the initial digital archive, but any additional dollar would go towards features we’ve been thinking about for a very long time:

  • Dedicated sections for guests to track their local chapter
  • A custom backend for our organizers to announce events
  • A process that makes it easier for new cities to join the CreativeMornings community. 
  • New features around discussion and global themes that better connect these local creative communities

Rewards, the CreativeMornings way.

We put together a campaign that offers not only physical rewards, but also experiences to connect with likeminded people, very much in the spirit of what CreativeMornings is all about. Every Kickstarter reward you see relates directly to the CreativeMornings world.

We’ve sourced notebooks, t-shirts, and prints from past CM speakers, organized amazing special events at some of our chapters, and even assembled a ridiculous roster of one-on-one/small group experiences with allstars from the design world.

Let’s do this.

If you’ve ever been to a CreativeMornings event, enjoyed the free breakfast, or just watched one of our talks -- we’d be honored if you’d support the campaign. CreativeMornings is at such an exciting, crucial place right now, a point we could have never imagined being at four years ago. With your help, we really believe that we can put together something truly special.

Waving from Brooklyn,

Tina Roth Eisenberg, Founder
Kevin Huynh, Chief Breakfast Officer
Carly Ayres, Breakfast Lecture Series Specialist

Is your company/organization interested in getting involved with CreativeMornings? Curious what it takes to host an official chapter in your city? Email us at kickstarter@creativemornings.com. We’d love to hear from you.

*A HUGE thank you to Jacob Krupnick of Girl Walk All Day (past NYC speaker!) for helping shoot and edit the video.

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    Own a special edition, hand-lettered CM print by past Vancouver speaker, Jessica Hische, (16"x20") and receive a credit on the new website under our "Friends of CreativeMornings" section. Please add $10 for international orders.

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    Tour LAIKA/house in Northwest Portland, the animation studios behind some well-known commercial content for brands like M&M's, Planters, Honda and Sony. You’ll also see surprises from Coraline & (soon to be released) ParaNorman, meet some animation visionaries and pick up a few goodies along the way. Location: Portland, OR, travel costs not covered. Tours are subject to LAIKA/house’s production schedule.

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    Attend a half day blogging workshop with Bobby Solomon of The Fox is Black/LA I'm Yours while enjoying food catered by Starry Kitchen, both past LA speakers.The workshop will be hosted at Sharon Lee's Culture Brain studio in Atwater Village at Atwater Crossing - and yes, Sharon is also a former LA speaker. (When: Saturday, November 10, 2012. 8:30am - 1pm, travel costs not covered.)

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    Get a reserved seat at your local CM chapter for a year, as well as a thank you onstage at a CM event. Before pledging, please email us at kickstarter@creativemornings.com to see if your chapter is still available (first come, first served). Travel costs not covered.

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    Enjoy 1 hour with Stewart Butterfield, Flickr co-founder. Go for a walk, have him take you out for dinner, wash your car … up to you. Location: Vancouver, travel costs not included.

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    Enjoy 1 hour of consulting on the phone or in person at the 37signals office with Jason Fried. Talk marketing, product, design, business, entrepreneurship, whatever. Location: Chicago, travel costs not covered.

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    Own a one-of-a-kind book, hand-annotated by Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org, past NYC Speaker.

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    Own a gorgeous, 14.3 - three pendant chandelier designed by talented Vancouver-based designer and past speaker Omer Arbel.

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    You (along with the two other backers) will have an exclusive lunch with Michael Bierut, past NYC Speaker, prepared by Pentagram’s private chef. Location: New York City, travel costs not covered.

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    Silver Level Backer: You/your organization will receive one of four silver level permanent credits on the "Friends of CreativeMornings" page on the new website.

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    Perfect for the corporate CreativeMornings fan: Don't sweat the sign-up, receive 5 reserved seats for your staff at every CreativeMornings in New York for a year (you also get a credit on the new site!).

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    Enjoy a private tour of the MoMA with 9 of your closest friends led by Senior Curator of Architecture and Design and past NYC speaker, Paola Antonelli (aka @curiousoctopus). Location: New York City, travel costs not covered, please give one month's advance for scheduling.

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    All Access CreativeMornings Pass, a guaranteed seat at any CreativeMornings in any city for the rest of your life. Travel costs not covered.

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    Perfect for the design-focused company/organization: Choose the next person to be interviewed by Debbie Millman on her globally acclaimed Design Matters podcast (it could be you, your company's founder, your design hero, or your design role model).

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