HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MAVERICK?
“An individual who despite, societal or even closer community norms, takes action, based on their understanding of context, need and maximising good, without getting caught up in tradition or conventional paradigms. A maverick is somebody who does the right thing, even if that might be an unpopular choice.”
Mark Busse is Director of Creativity and Engagement at HMCA Architecture and Design who want to break from convention and question what is possible—for the firm, for their work and the communities they serve and live in. He leads the firms TILT Curiosity Labs and their Artist in Residence programme. Mark is Fellow and Public Relations Chair for the Society of Graphic Designers Canada. Co Founder and Associate at Industrial Brand, a brand strategy and marketing communications design consultancy. He is Producer and Host of Creative Mornings, a monthly morning lecture series of creative types. Mark is also Co-Founder & Writer for Foodist, a collective of like-minded food worshippers. And Citizen Member of City of Vancouver Engaged City Task Force that examines innovative best practices for civic engagement Mark is also Writer for Designedge Canada, the countries leading media brand for the graphic design industry. And an Advisory Board Member of Vancouver is Awesome, an independent, community-minded media company dedicated to showcasing to residents all of the great things that keep them in Vancouver. Finally, Mark is an Ordained Dudeist Priest upholding the principles of Dudeism.
WHY MARK WAS INTERVIEWED
I had read about Mark and his role in Creative Morning and once I met him realised he saw things differently, and was brave enough to say what he thought. I had wanted to attend Creative Mornings whilst visiting Vancouver and reached out to him, told him I was moving here. He befriended me and became instrumental at the early stages of this project by personally introducing me to other mavericks he knew. Mark is fun, interesting, blunt, kind and wacky.