CreativeMornings Istanbul: İsmail Arı


March 31, 2023
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Open To Public

In March, CreativeMornings Istanbul will take place physically at ATÖLYE. At this month’s event, we are hosting İsmail Arı with the theme of “Corruption”. At the event, İsmail will talk about how the theme resonates with his personal and professional journey.



09:00-09:30: Welcoming and Breakfast 

09:30-10:00: Talk 

10:00-10.30: Q&A and Networking

*This event will be held in Turkish.


About the Speaker:


İsmail Arı graduated from Gazi University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Journalism in 2019. In June 2019, he started to work in the Ankara office of the newspaper BirGün, and in 2020 he moved to the Istanbul office of the newspaper. He worked as a health reporter for about a year during the COVID-19 pandemic. He received awards from Istanbul Medical Chamber, Ankara Medical Chamber and Turkish Journalists’ Association for his news in the field of health. İsmail, who has been making news in this field by researching city, municipality and public tenders since the middle of 2021, received awards from the Chamber of Architects and the Chamber of City Planners for his news. Arı is also a member of the Journalists’ Association of Turkey.

March ’s Theme is Corruption.


Corruption can start innocently, like favoring someone you know over someone you don’t. Or recalling a gift they once sent, and repay them with a project for that sweetness. Corruption is a spectrum, rewarding social connections and financial advantages over the rules of fair play. It exists in every society and every institution. 


Some people survive through corruption, the labyrinthine bureaucracies where they live making it literally impossible otherwise. But while they survive, others perish. Rising plumes of toxic chemicals, collapsing buildings not constructed to code, we owe the calamities all around us to those who cared more about profit than people and gain over the greater good. 


As social anthropologist Lucy Koechlin notes, “A world without corruption is a powerful idea. But it doesn’t appear out of the blue.” It takes courage to speak out. To demand transparency and accountability. To strengthen whistleblower protections and the rule of law. To break up corporate concentration while organizing coalitions of people to reset the balance. What will you do to hold power to account? 

Our Monterrey chapter chose this month’s exploration of Corruption and Violeta Hernández illustrated the theme.