Ryan Hunley wears a variety of different hats each day. He is the owner and art director at Second Street Creative, on the Board of Directors of The Speak Easy, host of Creative Mornings in Indianapolis, a dad and a husband. Most importantly, Hunley is doing cool things for Indianapolis.
Firebelly’s CEO Duncan Alney had the pleasure of talking creativity, storytelling and community with Hunley on the latest #GotTheFire episode. Here are Hunley’s steps to building a better community in Indianapolis.
Ryan Hunley’s Building Blocks for Community
Proximity breeds empathy
Indianapolis is uniquely sized with easy access to resources and networks. There are a lot of people with interesting stories that are forming the heart of Indianapolis. Creative Mornings gives people an opportunity to share their story and voice to create an inclusive and diverse framework in the community.
Listen to understand vs. to respond.
Often times we listen with the intention to respond rather than listening to learn or understand. Hunley helps people everyday tell a story, whether it’s through design or storytelling. He’s found that when people truly listen it provides more depth to relationships. When we listen and learn about people, we begin to empathize. Just like a muscle, empathy grows stronger the more we use it.
Everyone uses creative problem solving and creativity. Creative Mornings is a perfect example of how we can all intersect with the shared value of creativity. In order to progress as a community, we need creative problem solving, new ideas and voices to be heard.
Measure metrics of success.
Figure out what success means to you. For Hunley, it is not monetary. He measures success through time. Time to do the things that help him be a better leader and support and empower others through storytelling. Overall, serving more and letting go of any arrogance or selfishness is the key to being a better member of our community.
Hunley is dedicated to creating a community of good in Indianapolis. What steps will you take to be more empathetic and creative in your community?
In case you missed it, you can watch the full interview with Ryan Hunley below.