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HEJ. i wanted to tell you about a thing we are coming to make happen in CPH later this year. This is the event. 16N is a series, and it is going to be for just 16 of you. 'N' Copenhagen: NEARNESS. 'What's close? How does it affect me? KM…

‘N’ ∩ The Mirror

GREETINGS, SPACELAND. I'm in the cloud right now. Just, right here, right over the moon. Several guests joining us for the online programme, The Mirror, have also been at 'N'. Four 'N' events have happened so far: Phnom Penh, Bangkok, London and Hanoi. That was fun. Now, we are gathering…

Being offline more

WIFI. Is scarce, here, in Penang. So, more offline time. Eye contact. As I talk in real life about the why of Atelier S P A C E, it's doing something, it's making it clearer. As in, why. As in, for whom, and where. I seek cozy spaces that might…

16N in a pic

AT LAST, the picture of our guests at 'N' Hanoi: NARRATIVE. What stories do we tell to the world? Which ones do we tell ourselves? In this brief encounter, 16 people whose paths might not have otherwise crossed conversed and wrote, read and listened, in a space of just 2.5…

Choosing colors from a 256-box grid

DID I TELL YOU that when you join 'N', you get to choose a color from the 256-box color grid that is the RGB palette for web-safe colors? Yes. GRID. THIS MAY SOUND like garblety-gook to some, but to others, it's entirely clear. Of course one would enjoy with relish the opportunity:…

A Poetic Narrative, by ‘N’ Hanoi

ON 27 JUNE 2017 in Hanoi, a mix of exactly 16 people got together for '16N', a traveling conversation salon on a theme that starts with an 'N'. This time, our topic was NARRATIVE. 'What are the stories we tell to the world? Which ones do we tell ourselves?' and…

Towards the next thing, 5N

IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE PREMATURE to start blogging about the next 'N' already, but it is here, in my heart, as soon as the last one finishes. There is, of course, the thank-you not that I am still writing. For those who joined us at 'N' in Hanoi... wow,…

The things to come

[caption id="attachment_7550" align="alignleft" width="2000"] 'The Book of Red,' by Design Kompany // Đà Lạt 2015 // find it on instagram @dkompany [/caption]   ***   WAKING UP IN A NEW PLACE, not the train and not the bus and not the old house(s). Back in Phnom Penh, but seeing it from new…

One magic moment

***     THE KEYBOARD IS NOT connecting, somehow, so this will be short and sweet. (If you were there, the pic is coming. I'll email you.) I had such fun meeting you all, individually and then, together. A fuller, more articulated thank-you is in draft and I'll send, for…

After Việt Nam

FEELING A LITTLE CONTEMPLATIVE, right now. Back at 'my' cafe. Probably for the last time, since tomorrow is going-home day. The slow way. Back to Cambodia, this journey. 'Home' is there, for now. Some years have passed there. I am looking forward to regrouping, reconnecting with 2-3 people (the people…

Continued here…

IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING, I am sharing more about the just-gone 'N,' but in waves. First sharing will be with our guests, then with our online community S P A C E , then at this blog, then maybe *cringe* facebook. There was a selfie. First. Time. Ever, for 'N.' Kinda…

Ready!

[caption id="attachment_7718" align="alignnone" width="250"] 16 'ticket-yes' guests![/caption]JUST CONFIRMED our 16th 'ticket-yes' guest for tonight! Let's get ready now with the signs, I'll take a few pics and post if I can quickly set the venue up. More if I can... Oh, water.

Tonight in Hanoi

BIT OF FRUIT, some tea just now. Looking out over the rooftops, wondering what stories will unfold at 'N.' Many people to thank for helping out with this one, all of that will be shared later, when there's more time. Going to set up the space. 5 hours to go.…

16N

[caption id="attachment_7685" align="alignright" width="200"] When 'yes' becomes 'ticket-yes'[/caption] DISCOVERED OUR MOST RECENT GUEST today on my visit up to the north side of town. Really fascinating and fun conversation, on the spot, pretty dramatic. Wow. I knew that I was in over my head when I realized suddenly that the…

Design for connection

[caption id="attachment_7670" align="alignright" width="400"] Click to see where 'N' has been so far >[/caption] TOMORROW IS 'N'. 'N' Hanoi: NARRATIVE. What are the stories we tell to the world? Which ones do we tell ourselves? Framing the space. But... really? Tomorrow? Tomorrow. Yes. Hm. Let me let that sit for…

The invitation

[caption id="attachment_7649" align="alignright" width="200"] As 'yes' becomes 'ticket-yes'[/caption] USED TO THINK that 'N' was about pushing back on the culture of maybe, way back in 2015 when the idea of orchestrating 16N, a 16-way blind date was just a sketch on a napkin. But, that was early days. Now, with…

What happens at ‘N’

IT IS SUNDAY, 11.20AM, here in Hanoi just west of the Botanical Gardens. Not too hot, and I have one hour to get all the information together for everyone who is registering for 'N' Hanoi. I'm going to share the meetpoint, now confirmed, and set everything up for everyone who…
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