Strands of Genius: Thanks to all our guest curators!

plus our thoughts on making space for you.

WRITING FROM | Nashville, TN
WORKING ON | Two project kick-offs before we wind down for the year

Jan 12 | We’ll return to your inboxes


As has been a tradition of Strands of Genius, we’ll be taking a hiatus over the holidays, and returning to your inboxes on January 12th, 2021. Before we go, we wanted to share some information about our guest curator program.

We set out at the start of this year to spotlight 50 creative thinkers and we got damn close! We’re ending the year having shared perspectives from 44 people we admire, from around the world. For members of The School of Stolen Genius, you’ve got expert interviews with all these individuals available in Podia, and we hope you’ll steal their genius.

Where we excelled:

  • Gender Split | We achieved an almost evenly distributed gender split, with 47% of our guest curators identifying as female.

  • Global Perspectives | 45% of our curators were from outside of the USA.

Where we could do a bit better:

  • BIPOC Representation | 30% of our curators were BIPOC, and we are aiming to increase that number with a partnership with 600 & Rising in 2021.

  • LGBTQ+ Representation | Only 2 of our guest curators identified as a part of the LGBTQ+ community, and we’re making recruitment in this area an active initiative for 2021.

If you know someone we should spotlight in 2021, you can nominate them here.

This week, we’re especially thankful for:

all of our guest curators this year!


We had so many great individuals take the stage this year, but here were some of the editions that stood out in our minds:

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It's called Genius Steals because we believe ideas are new combinations and that nothing can come from nothing. But copying is lazy. We believe the best way to innovate is to look at the best of that which came before and combine those elements into new solutions.

Co-Founders Faris & Rosie are award-winning strategists and creative directors, writers, consultants and public speakers who have been living on the road/runway since March 2013, working with companies all over the world. Our Director of Operations is nomadic like us, our accounting team is based out of Washington, our company is registered in Tennessee, and our collaborators are all over the world. Being nomadic allows us to go wherever clients need us to be, and to be inspired by the world in between.

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