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My Creative Mornings talk: Mystery & Storytelling

A while back I gave a talk to Creative Mornings, “a breakfast lecture series for the creative community.” Every month Creative Mornings picks a topic, and groups in 183 cities around the globe bring in local speakers to lecture on it. Earlier, I posted some of the artwork that people drew at the talk.

I spoke to Creative Mornings/Austin on the topic of Mystery. The video of my talk is now online. Here you go.

CreativeMornings/Austin: Mystery & Storytelling


Yesterday I had an excellent time speaking at CreativeMornings/Austin. I talked to a couple of hundred creative folks about Mystery and Storytelling. There was a lot of energy and I got a real kick out of the morning.


Afterward, I was surprised and delighted when a couple of people posted artwork that illustrated my talk. Ami Plasse drew the picture at the top. Check out his other work on Tumblr (amirocks.tumblr.com) and Instagram (@amirocks73). Alan Buller drew the “doodle/muddle” immediately above. His website is AlanBuller.com.

I love both these drawings. They’re different, but each capture the essence of my talk. If you want a glimpse of what I said about Mystery & Storytelling, it’s in there.

Friday January 27: Creative Mornings Austin


This Friday I’ll be the speaker for CreativeMornings/Austin.

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. It features free monthly short talks (and breakfast!) in 160 cities around the world. The theme for this month’s talks is Mystery:

We are comforted by certainty and seek it frantically like a child that lost sight of their parents. But as the astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser said in The Island of Knowledge, “We strive toward knowledge, always more knowledge, but must understand that we are, and will remain, surrounded by mystery.”

Indeed, gaze at the stars, at old traditions, or ponder the modern behaviors encouraged by technology, and you might have trouble understanding or explaining it. By engaging with mystery the way we flip through a new book, we allow our lives to expand.

“This month in 160+ cities around the world, we’ll learn how creatives from various backgrounds dance with mystery and infuse it into their lives.”

I tend to scrap and rassle with mystery more than dance with it, but if you want to hear about how I do that, here are details. Though the event is free, if you want to attend, you’ll need to register at the link below.

CreativeMornings ATX
January 27, 8:00am – 9:30am CST
Hosted at Thirteen23
506 Congress Avenue, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78701

Right now, there’s a waiting list to attend. But folks on the waiting list mysteriously tend to get a seat, so if you’re interested, please do register.

Hope to see some of y’all there!