Every March, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world flock to Austin, Texas (USA) to take part in the South by Southwest film, interactive and music festival. SXSW Interactive, which focuses on emerging technology, is a breeding ground for new ideas and...

Joi M. Sears, the Creative Director of Free People International was recently featured on Creative Exchange: Springboard for the Arts, a new national platform for storytelling and resource-sharing around artists, creativity & community. Click here to check out the article. ...

I am excited to participate in this year's Rhodes Youth Forum on behalf of our social enterprise, Free People International! The Rhodes Youth Forum 2014 (RYF) will bring together more than 100 motivated and proactive young individuals, speakers, and prominent experts from approximately 50 countries.This year...

We're excited to present a panel titled, "Growing A New Generation of Green Leaders" at this year's SXSW ECO conference in Austin Texas Monday October 6th | 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM #NextGenEco Youth activism is at the crux of the creative strategies and solutions challenging society to...

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Brilliant Earth and asked to create a series of looks incorporating their conflict-free/ethical/eco-friendly jewelry line. I was overjoyed, as I am a huge fan of their brand and their mission to cultivate a more ethical, transparent,...

Free People International's Creative Director, Joi Sears was recently featured in City Beat Newspaper in an article titled: Art as Activism by Maria Seda-Reeder: Cincinnati needs people like Joi Sears.    The twentysomething actor/activist moved back to her hometown, Cincinnati, about a year ago after spending nearly...

Julia Cameron, speaks very candidly in her book "The Artists Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity" about several personality types to avoid while nurturing your inner Creator. The most dangerous of these is the "crazymaker", and this type of person should be avoided at all costs. We've all experienced a Crazymaker at some point in our lives, we may even have one in our life right now. Perhaps we have even been one ourselves *gasp*. Crazymakers are those personalities that create storm centers. They are often charismatic, charming, highly inventive and powerfully persuasive but for the creative person in their vicinity, they are enormously destructive. You know the type: charismatic but out of control, long on problems and short on solutions. Crazymakers are the kind of people who can take over your whole life. Crazymakers like drama. If they can swing it, they are the star. Everyone around them functions as a supportive cast, picking up their cues, their entrances and their exits, from the crazymaker's (crazy) whims. Often larger than life, they acquire that status by feeding on the life energies of those around them. The crazymaking dynamic is grounded in power, and so any group of people can function as an energy system to be exploited and drained.  Crazymakers can be found in almost any setting, in almost any art form. Fame can help to create them, but since they feed on power, any power source will do.