Maybe it’s a cup of coffee? Maybe it’s a pair of lucky skinny jeans? Maybe it’s a disembodied rubber Batman head that rests at the base of your iMac to remind you of childhood, or … of what might happen to you if you miss a deadline? The truth is, we all have a few things we consider essential when it comes to our creative happy place. And so we ask the question, what are your creative essentials? This round, we spoke with our very own Jr. Strategist, Kendra Siebert.
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After nine inspirational Portland Table for Ten dinners, we invited our guests back for a Table For Ten Alumni Night. Our PDX studio served as the location for our Alumni Night Happy Hour, complete with wine, hors d'oeuvres, and sweets.
Our guests sipped on bottles of 2015 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2014 Chardonnay, and 2013 Sangiovese generously gifted from Local boutique winery, D’Anu Wines. Located in SE Portland, D’Anu Wines only uses fruit from vineyards that are either LIVE certified or sustainable farmed.
Portland is a city saturated in history, a love for craftsmanship and a passion for finding purpose in the forgotten, bringing us to Old Portland Hardware & Architecture for our Spring 2016 Table for Ten. Oregon native and Old Portland Hardware’s founder, Bret, told a behind the scenes story of history, passion and purpose with our guests. Our furnishings were provided by Commonwealth Rentals and decorated with antique pieces carefully selected from the showroom floor of Old Portland Hardware. Park Kitchen graced our palates with locally sourced blackened steelhead, beet chicharrones and double chocolate tart, while Bridge Nine Candles lit up our night by sending our guests home with their sustainable, handpoured Portland Mist candle.
Last weekend, Manifesto had the unique opportunity to work with Tech4Change, a 54-hour marathon weekend put on by MercyCorps and Startup Weekend to help develop solutions to problems facing the world. Over 70 entrepreneurs attended the event to work on their startup and create a company that helps facilitate a better world.
Manifesto was a platinum sponsor for the event and awarded the winner with a Brand Declaration prize package valued at $5,000. After 54 hours of collaboration, inspiration and innovation, EcoValuate walked away with the top spot and will work with Manifesto to create a stronger sense of brand identity and strategy. Joanna Malaczynski came up with the idea for EcoValuate as a way to pull information from different databases and analyze the safety of chemicals.
Manifesto Chief Strategist, Dave Dyer, emceed the event and Manifesto worked hand in hand with MercyCorps to transform their headquarters into a space inspired by Startup Weekend, yet true to the MercyCorps brand and mission. By the end of the event, several startups received funding, and others had developed a plan to help get off the ground. Though the pilot event, Tech4Change was a great event for Manifesto — and our Portland office enjoyed joining forces with some of the greatest minds at the forefront of innovation and social change.