Colorado
By Amber Atkins | June 12, 2013
We Exist on Meritocracy: 2013 AIGA Leadership Retreat Philly

The past week and all that was the 2013 AIGA Leadership retreat has left my mind drunk on knowl­edge, hun­gover from bub­bly inspi­ra­tion, and my liver slightly dam­aged. Jokes aside, this was such an honor and oppor­tu­nity for me and some of AIGA Colorado’s Board Members to bet­ter grasp why AIGA as a whole is phe­nom­e­nal because of all of the parts we play. There’s too much to cover so I will try my best to keep it short and sweet.

The Retreat was kicked off by Ric Grefé and the national staff and board with an update on mem­ber­ship and finan­cials, and I was impressed by how well struc­tured AIGA is. Let me break down some dol­lars and sense:

  • 36% of Membership goes back to each chap­ter to sup­port pro­gram­ming needs and mem­ber assets
  • 23,000+ mem­bers with a hope to grow to 50,000

Membership was a big topic of dis­cus­sion as AIGA enters its 100th year as the nation’s largest asso­ci­a­tion for design­ers. Learning of the hum­ble begin­nings where the orig­i­nal 14 mem­bers didn’t have enough space or chairs for their inau­gural meet­ing so they lit­er­ally rolled their office chairs through­out the streets of NYC just to meet and begin the dis­cus­sion of how design can impact, sus­tain, and improve the lives of our fel­low Americans.

One of my favorite exer­cises dri­ven by Ziba tasked groups of com­min­gled chap­ter mem­bers to exchange pro­gram­ming ideas, best prac­tices, and asked us the fol­low­ing ques­tion, “if you were to run AIGA, what would you do dif­fer­ently and why?”

We all joined AIGA for a rea­son, do you remem­ber what yours was?

Most con­sumers or in our case mem­bers “buy” in, not because of the prod­uct but rather the user and why that user bought in the first place. I joined because I got Syriac-ed (if you were an AIGA Colorado Member you’d be lucky enough to know what that means)!

P.S. I Wouldn’t change it for any­thing in the world because my role as a mem­ber of AIGA has dras­ti­cally increased my abil­ity to make change for good in the com­mu­nity I live and work in and I couldn’t thank AIGA Colorado more…

Next year marks 100 for AIGA and our own Chapter’s 25th anniver­sary, we are hon­ored to be host­ing the next Leadership Conference but there is so much to do to pre­pare! There wasn’t a break out ses­sion, lunch, or gen­eral ses­sion where other chap­ters weren’t gawk­ing over our board struc­ture, our lead­er­ship, our phe­nom­e­nal results in Colorado so we don’t have to get on the map, we need to live up to our legacy!

If you are think­ing about join­ing our cre­ative com­mu­nity of AIGA Colorado just read the fol­low­ing list, if at least two of these sound like you then join us a mem­ber and be the change:

  • We seek work that is intrin­si­cally rewarding
  • We make stuff often and there­fore fail often
  • We have lit­tle tol­er­ance for bureaucracy
  • We expect to be fully uti­lized and con­stantly optimized
  • We con­sider open source tech is ours
  • We think net­work­ing is sharing
  • We Exist on Meritocracy

Shout out to all of our friends out there who attend, enjoy, and enhance their lives through our AIGA Colorado pro­gram­ming, JOIN US.

We are oneAIGA and we exist on Meritocracy.

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  • Carrie Martin

    Great report from Philly! Thanks Amber :))

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