Hello Etsy in Berlin!

Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hello Etsy Summit in Berlin!

It was held in ewerk, an old, industrial electric factory with lots of architectural flair.

We had great coffee, snacks, and healthy lunches in the light filled rooms

and there was even a rooftop terrace to look out over Berlin's landmarks.

I met Emily Pelich and Matt Stinchcomb, Etsy's European director, who were two of the main organizers for Hello Etsy, and I was very impressed by their attention to detail and the quality of the speakers.

We kicked things off with a pre-registration party featuring tea and scones

where I met up with Rhiannon Connelly from Edinburgh, Scotland. Rhiannon and I got in touch because she did a 12 Cities project in Europe using Polaroid film a short while back, and we wanted to compare notes. You'll be hearing more about Rhiannon, her Starry Blue Sky blog, and her travel project soon!

There were crafty tables set up for those who wanted to make something handmade at the conference.

Lovely examples of work from Etsy sellers were also on display.

One evening I met up with the Etsy German Street Team - which is lead by my friend Eleanor of e.m.papers. We all ate yummy Vietnamese food together - and aren't Eleanor and her husband Armin cute!

The next day, Eleanor did a great job presenting a talk on project and time management for indie businesses. I was so proud of her! E-book coming soon :) She also wrote a detailed post about her personal experience of the Hello Etsy conference here.

In fact, there were so many inspiring talks, I felt like my brain expanded over the weekend. You can see several of the recorded talks here if you are interested. A few of my favorites were Natalie Chanin, Douglas Rushkoff, Fraser Doherty, Jakob Berndt, and Marco Clausen. 

It was also a wonderful experience getting to meet so many creative people in person - even if it was only briefly! The participants were a very international group, from the US, the UK, Canada, all over Europe, and these lovely ladies flew all the way from Sydney, Australia! Renee and Angela have put together an awesome Hello Etsy blog post here with more beautiful photos of Paris and Berlin here.

Etsy's new CEO Chad Dickerson gave a super inspiring, warm and witty talk about courage. He said, "Finding your courage is really finding your heart." 

He spoke about how he came from a farming family in North Carolina, and how he found his personal path to get to where he is now. 

Another great session was led by Danielle Maveal, who is well known for writing the Etsy Success Newsletter and leading workshops in Etsy's Labs in Brooklyn. 

I suppose all of this talk about courage made a big impression on me, since it is something I have been reading and thinking about in preparation for my e-course for the past year.

Which reminds me to let you know that the very first session of Creative Courage begins next Monday, September 26th, quite soon! If my Creative Courage e-course sounds like something that would be interesting for you, I'd like to invite you to join us (there are still a few spots left). 

For those of you who have already signed up, thank you for taking this big leap of faith with me. I'm so looking forward to getting started next week!

And thank you Etsy for this great conference! I am looking forward to the next Hello Etsy conference in 2012 already!