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2008 Looking Back

What are your favorite Creative Conference memories or take-aways?

Ed the HeadIf you attended the Portland Creative Conference during its initial 12-year run, you’re invited to communicate some of your favorite memories or take-ways from the event by using the Comments section of this post.

For me it was always the sense afterwards that I had taken what I came to call a “brain vacation”.  I came way refreshed, re-energized and ready to take whatever work I was doing at the time to the next level.

What about you?


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6 thoughts on “What are your favorite Creative Conference memories or take-aways?

  1. What are my favorite memories from the Portland Creative Conference?
    That’s like trying to recall a favorite bite from a fabulous feast.

    There was an undeniable magic pulsing through the heart of the event. It was an intellectual high-voltage stimulation for the brain, a pleasurable jolt for the senses, a pep rally for the spirit, a booster shot for the imagination . . . and on and on.

    In addition to coming in contact with so many talented, high energy professionals responsible for producing the event, the presentations were like getting a private tour inside some of the most creative minds in the country.

    The final year was the end of something truly unique. http://www.webspinstudios.com/byline/portfolio/portland01.html

    Steve! Lets do it again!

    Posted by Sharon Rockey | April 7, 2008, 11:49 AM
  2. I always felt as though those of us there slipped into a parallel universe, where ideas reigned; imagination was always the solution; and creativity replaced power and money as the thing that mattered most.

    There are so many memories and speakers, but I think Eugenio Zanetti’s talk spoke to my own creative center the most. It was one of those moments where I felt we were the most privileged folks in town… in the state… in the country!


    Posted by MaryMac | April 7, 2008, 1:45 PM
  3. I was never disappointed at the conference. The quality and variety of speaker styles, the personal focus of each presentation and the overall feeling at each event was motivating and exhilarating. My “best of” moments include the Shakespeare monologue from Barry Corbin Northern Exposure), anything from Dennis Muren (ILM) – he appeared twice, Dale Chilhuly, Martin Sheen and TV Director James Sheldon.

    Posted by Elaine Spooner | April 10, 2008, 6:20 PM
  4. My time with the conference was a backstage one.
    The crew of professionals was , and still is, the best .
    Being able to talk one to one with the speakers was a very special time.
    You find that they are as nervous about speaking as I would be.
    Letting them know that it is a very positive audience and they are on your side.
    I have so many fond memories I have lost count.
    Portland needs the PCC to be again.
    Bob Zurcher

    Posted by Robert Zurcher | April 11, 2008, 1:22 PM
  5. The Creative Conference’s “squishy brain” toy still sits here on my monitor. That seemed like the perfect item for the conference give-a-way, and made me reflect on a favorite quote (Oliver Wendell Holmes): “a mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions.” The Creative Conference was extreme brain yoga every time, and such a wonderful way to keep mentally limber!

    Posted by Nick Rothenberg | April 14, 2008, 10:54 PM
  6. Oh my gosh, there are so many amazing memories but one does stand out.

    I will never forget the wonderful advertising team of Lee Clow and Rob Siltanen. Their whole emphasis was on having fun, and fun we had when all these beachballs came floating from the balcony onto the attendees.

    The element of surprise and watching everyone batting these beachballs about still stands out in my mind.

    The excitement you would feel during the presentations and then afterward in the lobby as people shared their enthusiasm, cannot be duplicated.

    It is very exciting to see this incredible event return to Portland.

    Posted by Susan DeMerit | April 25, 2008, 11:12 AM

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