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AFAR Conversations: The Power of Creativity

Cocktails & Company
AFAR Conversations: The Power of Creativity
On a rainy February evening, guests at the latest AFAR Conversations gathered at the Park Hyatt New York for an event focused on “the Power of Creativity.” While Illy poured shots of espresso and coffee martinis and the Park Hyatt New York served Peking duck and dim sum, friends and AFAR staff caught up over cocktails prior to the night’s presentations. 

AFAR Cofounder Joe Diaz introduced Chaucer Barnes, Chief Audience Officer of Translation and United Masters, and photographer and Nikon Ambassador Ami Vitale. Both tackled the weighty topic, and explained what they understand by the word creativity, how they nurture it, and why it matters to them. From Barnes’s description of creativity as the result of struggling with the constraints of different situations and art forms, to Vitale’s emphasis on the role of empathy, it was a thought-provoking and inspiring evening. 

Scroll through our slideshow for a look at some highlights of the evening and more insights shared by the evening’s speakers.
By John Newton, AFAR Contributor
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    Cocktails & Company
    Cocktails & Company
    A room off of the Park Hyatt New York lobby provided the setting for a cocktail reception where friends of AFAR caught up over dim sum and coffee martinis provided by illy.
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    Catching Up with Friends
    Catching Up with Friends
    AFAR Cofounder Greg Sullivan at the cocktail reception.
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    Delicious Duck
    Delicious Duck
    Along with dim sum and passed hors d’oeuvres, the Park Hyatt New York served Peking duck during the cocktail hour.
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    Coffee Hour
    Coffee Hour
    Illy served both espresso and coffee martinis, made with espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur.
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    Picture Perfect
    Picture Perfect
    A slideshow of photos from around the globe, shot on Nikon cameras by travelers on AFAR and Nikon’s World in Focus trips, provided an inspiring backdrop.
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    Friend of AFAR
    Friend of AFAR
    Lauren Walsh of Nikon USA at the evening’s reception.
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    Catching Up with illy
    Catching Up with illy
    Adam Paige of illy with Greg Sullivan, AFAR Cofounder.
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    The Evening's Speakers
    The Evening's Speakers
    AFAR cofounder Joe Diaz with photographer and Nikon Ambassador Ami Vitale and Chaucer Barnes of Translation and United Masters prior to the evening’s presentations and discussion.
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    Starting the Conversation
    Starting the Conversation
    Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of AFAR, kicks off the night’s presentations.
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    Measuring Success
    Measuring Success
    Joe Diaz and Chaucer Barnes discuss how you measure success when it comes to creative endeavors. “The only way you know the creative process has worked,” Barnes said, “is when you see the response from the crowd. That’s when you know if you have reached them.”
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    Globe Trotters
    Globe Trotters
    The evening included presentations by both Chaucer Barnes of Translation and UnitedMasters’ recent work and Ami Vitale of photographs from her travels to some 90 countries, followed by Q & A sessions moderated by Joe Diaz.
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    Finding What Unites Us
    Finding What Unites Us
    Joe Diaz with Nikon Ambassador and photographer Ami Vitale discuss the sources of her creativity. “If you want to find differences, you can. They are there,” Vitale said. “But searching out what unites us is what has motivated me.”
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