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The Creativity Issue

Creativity is more than being artistic. It is stepping out of the traditional and into the unconventional. In this issue, Marriott Hotels celebrates the creative spirit in all of us and shares stories that encourage creativity in unexpected ways.

in this issue

Cover Story

Zappos built a billion-dollar bottom line and a reputation for customer service by letting employees bring their whole, creative selves to work. We go inside.

by Cara Cannella | 08 min

6 Questions

Gbenga Akinnagbe didn’t tap into his creativity until he was an adult. Now it’s his entire vocabulary.

by Julie Schwietert Collazo | 05 min

TED Inspiration

Elizabeth Gilbert shares 11 ways to think smartly about creativity.

by Elizabeth Gilbert | 12 min

Fresh Eyes

Marriott Hotels and VSCO, an online community for creators, asked photographer Nishant Shukla to share his perspective on Pune’s creative revival.

by Rebecca Dalzell | 03 min

Our Innovations

Sometimes all our creativity needs from us is a dose of fresh air.

by Bridget McNulty | 08 min


5 science-backed reasons to unleash the artist within.

by Heather Freiser | 04 min

Like A Boss

How four women turn ideas into action in the corporate world.

by Arianna Schioldager| 03 min

The Big Picture

This cultural melting pot thrives on diversity.

by Lola Akinmade Åkerström | 01 min

Our Innovations

Creative inspiration can come from anywhere. Just ask the team behind the new Marriott Marquis Chicago.

by Tricia Mirchandani | 04 min

Fast Company

The key to upping the luxury business travel experience may rest in these five products. Here, Marriott teams with Fast Company to bring you the Inspiration Collective.

by Scott Simone | 03 min