The basics (and a compass)

REALIGNING WITH THE TEAM, here at DK World Headquarters in Phnom Penh. In Cambodia, where there is a slight breeze and the soft sound of humming constructions and light traffic. Traffic... that's a given in PP, sure, so I'm not going to complain, especially with the influx of cars. Very…

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…

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…

Origin Ho Chi Minh City

Description ORIGIN: 'What is fromness?' is inspired by 'Ask me where I'm local' by Taiye Selasi: 'When someone asks you where you're from … do you sometimes not know how to answer?' (Watch the talk here.) Selasi speaks for "multi-local" people. In other words, people who feel at home in…

The Village

A CONVERSATION SALON in virtual spaces about family, fromness, and the journeys that interweave. A 12-week programme. Starts 1 June. Application required. Limited seats. How did this get organized? 'A lot of people have been in correspondence with me through the last few years about ** family ** and I…

SELF Ha Noi

MAKE A SPACE for reflection in this relaxed, prompt-led evening workshop. SELF offers you a chance for you to discover, along with a small group of new and different others, a Concept of You. Built from 10 years of experience designing brand identities for curious and inquiring people in Seattle…

Discovering Origin

A CONTINUATION in virtual space of conversations near and far about things related to 'fromness.' Where are we from, what that means to us each individually, how multi-local identities shape who we are. This is a build on something that we had run online last year, a series of 12…

When time stops

SOMETHING HAPPENED. Yesterday, a watch stopped. Hers. 7.45PM. This was the second time this kind of thing had happened. That is, a watch stopping. That time, his. 8.15PM. Both times, in the middle of a superb conversation that, really, slowed into a moment. Conversations with people that I had just met. That day,…

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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…