I kind of cringed when I typed that title because it’s hard to call Re:Create a conference. It’s part retreat and part learning experience along with some incredible experiences with collaboration holding it all together.
Having been to a good many conferences in the past, as an attendee and as a speaker, I had some pretty high standards. I’ve been to what many would consider the one by which all are measured; SXSW. I’ve also been to much more focused and intimate conferences and everything in between. Let’s just say I’ve been to enough of them to become fairly cynical about conferences.
I first had the chance to attend Re:Create in February of 2011 and little did I know what I was getting into.
I could riff on and on about my three Re:Create experiences thus far but I’ll let the conference website tell those stories, but let me some it up the best I know how.
The experiences can be as epic as any conference I’ve been too, Ed Kowalczyk played in 2011. The speakers can blow your mind just like any other conference…except you’ll get to meet them, shake their hand and ask them questions.
Those are both well and good but here’s the thing; attend Re:Create and you become part of a family and a tribe that is there with you, in the trenches, all year long. As a creative, that’s really important to me, like minded people who can support and encourage me.
[fine print: I sit on the board of Creative Community Inc., the non-profit that puts on Re:Create]