Emmi Salonen

Creative Ecosystem

Emmi Salonen
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In this Creative Ecosystem workshop, Emmi Salonen (Studio Emmi) will bring you on a journey to uncover processes, practices and rituals that help fuel your inspiration across all areas of life. We’ll do this through prompts, reflection, exercises and discussion within the group.

Work is often so focused on output that when people aren’t intentional about input as well, it can lead to burnout and a lack of creative energy. Inspired by the Finnish ecosystems Emmi grew up in, she saw the opportunity to help others reconnect with their creativity, purpose and excitement for their work. Ecosystems are all interconnected and interdependent, seamlessly flowing together. Similarly, creativity cannot happen in isolation. The Creative Ecosystem model is based on balancing your creative output with nurturing input areas to sustain your creative wellbeing. “My intention is for this to be a nourishing and inspiring experience for you, and I hope you can take this as ‘time for you’.” - Emmi

Everything Emmi Salonen does is underpinned by a simple but powerful idea: Positive Creativity. From the creative process to the final output, Emmi believes design can bring people together, create sustainable choices and foster wellbeing.

She set up Studio Emmi in 2005 to partner with clients and creatives who want to make a positive contribution to society and planet. Emmi is a certified Happiness Facilitator and regularly gives talks and workshops about her personal design journey and a model she has created, Creative Ecosystem, guiding creatives in their wellbeing and careers.

Emmi is the author of the book Common Interest: Documents, and was one of the main stage key speakers at AIGA Design Conference in New Orleans, USA, talking to an audience of 2000+. She is a Domestika teacher, having written an online course ‘Visual Identity Design with Sustainability and Wellbeing in Mind’.

Born in Finland, Emmi studied graphic design in the UK at the University of Brighton. In 2001 she moved to northern Italy to work at Fabrica, Benetton Group’s prestigious communication research studio for young designers. She then worked at Karlssonwilker in New York, and Futerra sustainability agency as their UK Creative Director.

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