San Francisco-based The Bold Italic, a web publication, events producer, online shop, and creative services studio, is presenting The Sum, its first annual two-day creative conference, on November 6th and 7th, 2014. The Sum will bring together people from a variety of industries and disciplines to cultivate their collective creativity and re-imagine possibilities for themselves and their cities. If you are going to be in the Bay Area on those dates, The Bold Italic is offering Inhabitat readers a discount on conference fees, read on for details.


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The Sum is The Bold Italic’s first entry into the conference fray, but as Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Maerz notes, it is a natural next step for the company: “We’re an experiment in local media focused on written and visual storytelling about the Bay Area. The goal of sharing ideas extends from the site to all corners of the The Bold Italic ethos, from our artist collaborations in the Shop to our events that encourage people to explore the streets around them differently. The Sum is a natural extension of the content’s mission to encourage people to think in new ways about their city and themselves.”

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As The Bold Italic inspires people to think differently about San Francisco with its stories, events, and products, so it hopes to inspire people to think differently about creativity with The Sum. The conference will help guests to see themselves, their work, their free time, and their city in new ways, and give them tools and insight in how to boost their creative output. The keynote speaker is Candy Chang, the artist, designer, urban planner and senior TED fellow who focuses in on what makes cities both more comfortable and contemplative. The speaker lineup also includes DIY.org and Vimeo co-founder Zach Klein; WIRED’s Creative Director Billy Sorrentino; Scott Doorley, Creative Director at the Stanford d. school and co-author of Make Space; Karen Cheng who famously “learned to dance in a year”; and author Joshua Wolf Shenk. In addition to the 15 speakers, there will be five workshops taking place on Friday 7 November.

The Sum will be held at the SF Jazz Center in Hayes Valley on Thursday November 6 and Friday November 7, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Registration can be completed online, with tickets for the two-day event including the workshops priced at $280 for students and $400 for non-students. Inhabitat readers can get a 30 percent discount on the full, $400 ticket price by using the case-sensitive discount code: INHABITATSUM.

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