Today we kicked off our 24th Creative Social global. For those that don’t know, our Globals are at the heart of Creative Social and is where we bring together a perfect tribe of Creative Leaders to an inspirational city that has a real cultural and business relevance. We have some amazing attendees – a mixture of Fellows, Socials and Newbies. Check out who is here.
The theme over the next two days is transformation, probably the biggest challenge for any business that was not born in the digital age. Transformation of industries, transformation of how we work and transformation of how people live and how we design our cities and living spaces. And Downtown Los Angeles is the epicentre for how a city can transform and become home to some of the most creative people in the world. A good example of this is the Ace Hotel which is our official hotel and it was fitting that we kicked off CS with a tour of the quite beautiful Theatre at Ace Hotel (formerly United Artists Theatre):
Thanks Yael for organising
And it was fantastic to welcome Urban planner, arts developer, cultural activist, poet Ari Simon who gave us a fascinating insight into the history of downtown LA. A pivotal figure in the cultural transformation of downtown LA, and co-founder and managing editor of Get Down Town – a Downtown-focused arts guide and magazine, there are few people better qualified to give us the scoop on what’s bubbling away in this special part of Los Angeles.
After That’s Me That Is (TMTI) we will be heading over to Austere for an exclusive dinner, brought to us by our super members, Absolut. Do follow us on Instagram to get shots from the dinner. You can read more about Austere’s latest pop-up here.
And then follow us on Periscope (@creativesocial) tomorrow as we will be kicking off with our full speaker programme. Here is an extract from our agenda:
We couldn’t come to LA without lifting up the lid of the movie industry for a poke around. We welcome Dan Lin – a seasoned movie producer and studio executive whose films that have grossed over $2.0 billion in worldwide box office sales + Mikkel Bondesen a serial entrepreneur and manager of creative talent including Josh Schwartz (The OC, Gossip Girl), James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, Truth),and Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, The LEGO Movie). Come prepared with the questions that you’ve always wanted to ask about how Hollywood really works.
If you think electronic holography, large-scale interactive visualization techniques, and the I/O Bulb Luminous Room systems sound like things from a sci-fi film, that’s because they are. John Underkoffler was the man behind the interface of Minority Report, and has also been science advisor to films including The Hulk, Aeon Flux, and Iron Man. John will discuss the changing interaction between man and machine, and what the future of UX could look like.
Atom Factory is a multi-dimensional branding, entertainment, and artist management company. When their Creative Directors Rob English and Reggie Know are not crafting award winning work, they help create projects that break down barriers for young people in a networked world. They will talk to us about the collaborative venture exploring connected learning with the MacArthur Foundation, that has seen them transform youth centers into libraries and beyond.
Emma Reeves is a true avant-gardist. Always ahead of her time, she doesn’t scout trends but shapes them instead. Having influenced our visual culture at cutting-edge fashion magazines such as Dazed & Confused and AnOther, she has also worked with moving images. Reeves was until recently creative director of MOCAtv, the YouTube channel of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. A rare chance to catch up with this busy multi-hyphenate, Emma will share her unique insights on how the content game is being transformed in today’s hyper connected world.