Little Truths from Epicurrence: How an Anti-Conference Fosters Absolute Community
27 postures, perspectives and practices that empower collective growth
In the weeks following Epicurrence №6, I’ve spent hours reminiscing about the magic that took place just outside Zion National Park. In short, some 70ish product designers, illustrators, project managers, agency luminaries, content creators and freelancers came together for a week of ongoing adventure, engaging dialogue and total camaraderie. And I know I’m not the only one who is utterly grateful for the chance to connect with such incredible people in such a beautiful backdrop.
Jeremiah Warren gives a glimpse below.
I don’t dare try to sum it up in a post. It’s a living, breathing thing that you simply have to experience. But that doesn’t mean we don’t get the chance to bring back some of the little truths that made it all possible.
In many ways, I think that’s how Epicurrence lives on between events. Individuals enter the arena vulnerable and return to the grind ablaze with inspiration and brand new friendships centered on all that we shared. And now the time has come and we’ve the privilege to spread that energy within our communities back home.
This brings me to this list. It’s not everything, but I’ve compiled some of the most profound truths, perspectives and parameters that I believe lend to the growth of the creative community and our collective work. I can’t take credit for the wisdom. I merely get to reflect the light, and it’s my hope that a little bit of the Epicurrence glow rubs off in one way or another.
- High fives are better than handshakes. Leave your ego at the door
- Shared experiences > business cards
- Ask the weird questions. Break the surface
- Stop taking all the credit
- Kill the Keynote. Break free of the presentation model and connect with your audience
- Don’t talk in circles, sit in circles
- “The more you whine about something, the more you can do to fix it”
- Vision + Accountability = Progress
- Pay attention to the “small” ideas
- We need more we… not me, me, me
- Everyone has the power to create
- Talent scouting should seek potential, not perfection
- Compete with class
- Don’t underestimate the value of trust
- Pick up the phone, knock on doors, reach out directly
- Everyone needs an ally
- Fail forward
- Inspiration is contagious, share your passions
- Inclusion and equality are big, necessary movements. Embrace the journey
- Scabs are universal equalizers
- Unscripted is often better
- Remember to breathe
- Give some of it away for free
- Speak the language of the audience
- Don’t believe the doubt. You’re never alone
- Pitch in behind the scenes
- Unplug and connect
I can’t name everyone. Instead, thank you for shared meals. Thank you for honesty. Thank you for adventure. Thank you for conducting yourselves like family. Thank you for sharing your stories. Thank you for hiking by my side. Thank you for riding with me. Thank you for writing down your motivations in my notebook (list to come soon!). Thank you for the laughter. Thank you for listening. Thank you for stepping up. Thanks for being you.
It was epic.
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