THE BOOK OF SONGS, meanwhile, is coming together as a collection. It’s going to be a modest size but an honest gathering of notes, stories, poetry, and artwork from this time here in Scandinavia. Inspired by the music, art, and maybe even the food here where I am. So that would be… six weeks, I think, if I can hold through December.
TODAY I AM WRITING FROM SWEDEN. Tomorrow I will go to Denmark. It feels very strange Writing these Words from a computer that has a keyboard setup for SV. There are some intriguing characters that come up, like ö and Ö and when you see them here, you are moved, because the unexpected rises and makes you say, äHuh.ä
ARE YOU THINKING of moving abroad? Meet others who also want to try out life on the road, or at a distance, with a couple of belongings and good wifi connections.
IN COLLABORATION WITH ANAKOT ASIA’s Chhunny Noem, Design Kompany is hosting our first multi-day intensive workshop in Phnom Penh. This will happen from January 6-8, 2016.
DK DESIGNED AND FACILITATED SELF, a workshop series, in the summer of 2014 when a social entrepreneurship program at Stanford University invited Dipika Kohli to be part of an experiential education program there. Since then she’s hosted SELF for writers in Bangkok and entrepreneurs in Phnom Penh, too.
‘N’ IS A CONVERSATION installation in which 16 people whose paths never would have cross will meet ONCE. It’s an international series, and in each city (which will necessarily contain an ‘N’), we have a theme that starts with ‘N’. The theme for ‘N’ Copenhagen is NEARNESS.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, what we care about most now is co-designing space with people in locales around the world. But not just any people. People who are interested in connecting in real life, connecting with one another, eye to eye so that we can have some good old fashioned human style conversation. It really is awesome when it happens. We get into it. There is a sparkle.
IN COLLABORATION WITH PHNOM PENH-based InSTEDD, we are co-creating a one-day only special event on December 9.
DK’s Akira Morita is working closesly with InSTEDD’s team to design a formal workshop for exploring innovation. What is real innovation? How do you create space to invite it? Project managers and others interested in making their projects work more elegantly are welcome. Our joint goal is to open new ways of thinking and invite insight that can lead to intriguing breakthroughs.
MAKING SPACE FOR REAL LIFE is the most important work there is for me. I love it when people can feel truly connected and their eyes light up because they’re engaged. Which means, of course, that you feel you’re being heard, as well as interested in listening to someone else. There’s too much stuff ‘out there’ that’s about us passively taking streams of images and data in.
IT IS ODD. When world of before is no longer the world that you can resonate with. You don’t understand why people are concerned about the things that they seem to place at the tops of their priority lists, and