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THIS MONTH in S P A C E, DK are sharing the new collection, Circumference. It’s a selection of short articles DK had first shared in our eZine S P A C E. The pieces were written from January through December, 2016, the ‘Year of the Circle.’ During that time, DK explored big questions with […]

Change starts with wanting to

  PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY IN MOTION know that the hardest part about starting a thing is, well, starting. In classic high school Newtonian physics, the coefficient of static friction is greater than the coefficient of kinetic friction. Which means that if you had a mass on a flat surface, for example, you would need […]

A green space in George Town Penang

ATELIER S P A C E is just underway here in George Town Penang. In a planning session, ‘Creative Process’ came up. Questions about the approach towards creating new things. Most important, one guest said, is that there is a chance to reflect on one’s own self and self-learning–that this is more important, perhaps, than […]

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 not be ‘regular’ for philosophical […]

Transformational change starts with space

***     WHY DO WE INSIST on ‘making space for uncertainty?’ here at DK? Because it’s important to give room for things to emerge… things like *transformational* change. SN, whom we met a few years ago in Phnom Penh, said this of innovation: ‘Innovation is designing solutions to the right problems, solutions that users […]

Nomad life of artist-wanderers

FOUND THIS. From Culture360: In 1996 Michael Haerdter of Berlin’s Künstlerhaus Bethanien called artists “post-modern nomads” or “wanderers between cultures”.  Migrating artists, he said, “belong with the many transcultural messengers of a world whose keywords are nomadism and globalism.” Goes on to say the fact that we see the invention (and spreading about) of residential art […]

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 hours. A magic moment. *!

A Q&A with author Michelle L. Stephens: ‘Venturing into the unfamiliar’

[Update: Before Design Kompany became a roving atelier to gather people’s stories on the spot in real life, we were gathering perspectives in our online community, behind protected-pages at this blog. This post was originally an exclusive for a forum, ‘The Village,’ on work, life, and relationships.] TODAY I INVITE you to read a short […]

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 other questions popped to place […]

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, just last month. At the […]

‘N’ is making steps in Hanoi

JUST BOOKED OUR VENUE. For 16N. Terribly exciting, this step. Almost there now. For the real life ‘N’ moment. Our theme for Hanoi is NARRATIVE. What are the stories we tell to the world? Which ones do we tell ourselves? A conversation installation in DK’s signature style (improv, reflection, conversation, new connections, and fun!) for […]

From new angles

THIS WEEK IN S P A C E, some sharing. Of how we got to ‘N’… 1997. ‘Let’s start a design studio. I’ll set up a hotmail.’ 1999. ‘You what? You want to hire us? Oh… Sure, yeah. I’ll do that. I have Freehand.’ 2000. ‘Let’s move. You can work at __.’ 2004. ‘Let’s move. […]

How I start an ‘N’

‘16N‘ if you are hearing about this for the first time, is a conversation salon. A very specific kind, in which 16 people whose paths have never crossed will connect once, but briefly. In a city that has an ‘N’ in it. To discover together more in hosted conversation space about a topic that starts […]

Metaphilosophy and metaphysics, with clouds

[Update: I read once that if you want to be great at SEO, you should update your posts. Let’s see if that really is true. Anyway, Rooftop Philosophy in Phnom Penh, a salon, is TOMORROW. That would be THURSDAY. Yesterday and today our team has been inviting people we have met since the last one. […]

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‘HELLO. CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION?’ ‘Sure.’ ‘What do you think makes a thing noteworthy?’ ‘Makes a thing noteworthy? Is that what you asked?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Something that is an experience.’ ‘Good answer! Right. So what are you doing at 6PM? Because we’re going to have a conversation salon, on noteworthiness. Yes! And someone just […]