Not too long ago I opened up a group within the InterNations community called Rome Creatives. The concept was to "Learn. Share. Create." - which became a kind of advocacy over the years of collaborating with creatives: artists, designers, musicians, philosophers, scientists, meditators, and their kin. They say "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." Eat, drink and be merry? Perhaps that and a bit more substance.
By chance I found this sweet spot not too far from my son's first ever asilo/school. Its called Officina Dolce (more photos + article here), and immediately I thought - CUPCAKES! and also, brilliant location for a meet! One baby step led to another. I talked to the owner and created this little video portrait, put up my online flyer and had four people show up.
Two Italian ladies, one architect and one lawyer + a British working at FAO + a French who works for an international NGO = very interesting mix. We did a portrait activity together, something I adapted from the awesomest art school (MMM) I used to work in. And it went pretty well despite most everyone's lack of confidence in their drawing abilities.
Overall - a wonderful beginning for more interesting encounters in 2013!!! :) Excited for you and me and all! Lets bring in worthy challenges and great successes this new year.