Do you listen to podcasts? I recently listened to The Big Web Show interview with Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss and Creative Mornings fame. I was lucky to hear her speak in person last August at ALTNYC. She is ALWAYS inspiring.
You know how I quote Ben Silberman of Pinterest: "surround yourself with people who inspire"? Tina has her own version: "surround yourself with smart, passionate, driven people". Amen to that, right?
Surround yourself with smart, passionate, driven people.
- Tina Roth Eisenberg
That desire for a smart, passionate, driven, inspiring community was the impetus for my salon series, Raincoast Creative Salon. And last week I hosted another one (the first one was at an artist's studio).
So what are these Salons?
small creative gatherings introducing you to cool artists and interesting people in a social and informative setting. Think musical performances, dance, play-readings, magic, lectures - whatever I find that I KNOW will inspire, challenge, and entertain.
It's all about bringing people together through the arts. It's about getting offline and face-to-face with other creatives and makers who are go-getters making things happen. It's about building community.
And it's about the conversation.
Face to face conversations are different.
-Tina Roth Eisenberg
I love switching up the venues AND the event/activity each Salon.
This time we started off meeting for drinks and appys at Reflections Lounge. I knew it'd be a BIT of a gamble being outside this time of year - the patio heaters were going strong.
Speaking of drinks, they made us a special Salon cocktail - a gin-based whiskey sour type drink with nutmeg and almond liqueur and egg whites. That primed the pump!
Then after the tour there were a few goodbyes and some of us returned to the lounge for more conversation. I have to be honest - the activities and events are great but I love the conversations the most!
In the podcast interview Tina Roth Eisenberg succinctly put into words one of the driving values behind Raincoast Creative Salon - that "real connections are not made behind a screen".
"Real connections are not made behind a screen".
-Tina Roth Eisenberg
You know me - I love twitter and I have met SO many wonderful, smart, creative people online. Friendships that I'd never have made otherwise. But there's something special, something different about meeting face to face.