A few years ago, I embarked on two creative exploration visits to New York City.
I attended an Italian shoemaking course; a music industry summit; several shows on Broadway and off; a hackathon; and a talk by the Man Repeller herself, Leandra Medine.
For me, it was life-changing, and not long after the first trip, I was inspired to create The Medical Startup.
The memories from these trips still inspire me. But it took time to find these events, and curate my own retreat.
Creative Cities 21 would have made this a lot easier.
Jeremy and Angie Stone discovered this on a long-service leave trip to New York City. Inspired by one of the world’s most creative cities, the couple designed their own creative holiday, filled with activities such as painting and acting with Broadway actors, and came back from their trip not only rejuvenated, but fuelled with the desire to bring others along on this experience. Hence, Creative Cities 21 was born.
This year, CC21 will be held again in NYC, from Sunday 25th August. The five-day program includes art, communication and other experiential classes taught by local professionals, with ample time for exploring the Big Apple each day. Exclusive social events have been curated with local creatives, and classes with the best New York teachers who are professionals in their own right, so you don’t need to do the hard work yourself planning your own escape.
Why is creativity so important?
Studies worldwide have shown the many benefits of creativity and creative thinking in business and innovation. Harvard teaches Creative Thinking in many of its own courses, and creativity is widely recognised as an essential skill for the 21st century; perhaps an antidote to increasing automation and “the robots will take our jobs” fears.
As Jeremy says, “Creativity is identified as the third most required skill by the World Economic Forum. An IBM survey of 5,000 CEOs lists creativity as the No. 1 required skill for their role.”
He knows this first hand, having come from an extensive background in mechanical engineering and advising ASX-listed companies.
Whether you’re in healthcare or not, having a one-week break exploring your creativity while surrounded by the best New York has to offer will no doubt reenergise you when you bring your experiences home with you. And, quite likely, you’ll make new friends, too!
*TheMedicalStartup.com is an affiliate for Creative Cities 21; we earn a small fee from the CC21 team if you mention TMS19 upon registration.
All images in this article courtesy of CreativeCities21.com.