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LEARN DESIGN KOMPANY’s top 4 tools to uncover the answer to a very important question:

What will be your legacy?

SUMMARY. Here’s what it is. Get four top tools from our toolkit, which DK’s creative directors developed in-house over more than 10 years while working with different kinds of people and engaging with their unique learning styles. Here is what you will get. A workbook from DK with our best-of collection of 4 modules, which each give you the spreadsheets, tools, and instructions we will work through together. You’ll be able to apply what you learn right away to manage and direct your career, make better-informed decisions, and look forward to the next steps with confidence. This is our agenda:

Module 1.Self (as seen in Bangkok)
Module 2. Choices (as seen in Siem Reap)
Module 3. Flow (as seen in Malmoe)

This will be in English. It is aimed at mid-career professionals. It’s for people who are interested in doing work they really care about, work that matters, work that will leave a true legacy. ‘We’ve been working with people in Europe, N. America and Asia for 12 years, and we are ready to share the highlights of what we know works,’ says DK’s creative director, Dipika Kohli (TEDx ‘There’s Not That Much Time Left’). ‘This is a unique workshop where you can explore with others also interested in taking time to look at what work is personally important to each of us, and why.’ You’ll walk away with a 5-word ‘self-concept,’ and a professionally-worded summary statement. Useful for resumes, especially when looking to work abroad.

Register here.

Zinery: creepy hobby or ‘most satisfying thing ever?’

JUST FOUND this intriguing article that gives you the zine publisher’s perspective on zinemaking. Why would you do it? Why would you try? There are a lot of people who want to express themselves, sure, but this is a way for those who are interested in moving a step towards real publishing (with an audience, a goal, and a theme in mind before hitting ‘copy’ on the photocopier) from simply making something for your own consumption. I liked this quote:

If no one knows what you’re up to, zine-making is just some creepy hobby, but if it actually gets read, it’s the most satisfying thing ever. —Tsari Paxton, Ten tips for publishing zines

We make zines in print every so often, like the one pictured here. S P A C E || Phnom Penh’s theme is ‘play.’ Discover more about our online zine, S P A C E, which posts every wee, at the bottom of this page.

What Neil Gaiman said about The Mountain (and implied about artistic integrity)

LAST WEEK I WAS HAVING LUNCH IN A LUSH, hilly valley. Next table was this older couple, from the Netherlands, who had four daughters and five grandchildren. They were on holiday, walking in the air, getting inspired by landscapes, like me. We struck up conversation.

“Daughters are special,” I said.

“Yes, but if I had had four sons,” the woman said, “I’d think sons are special, too.”

This hung in the air, and with its shadow a lifetime of her wonderings about sons and not daughters, the number four suddenly clearer in the weight of that sharing.

Like a sailor at his tiller, skillfully changing the subject, the man asked, politely, “What do you do in Cambodia?”

Been wondering that myself. “I’m writing.”

“You’re a writer?” Impressed.

“Yes.”

The woman [unimpressed]: “Have you published anything?”

“Yes.”

How to tell them it’s not about the publishing, but about the quality of the concept that’s what’s important? Too much to get into. So I don’t.

She spoke again. “How do you get to be a writer, then?”

“Well,” I said, being totally honest. “You have to be good.”

They nodded.

“And you have to be serious.” The way I said it, and the way they received this response, made you think if you were listening in that it was me who was 20 years older.

In all seriousness

BUT I AM COMPLETELY BEING HONEST HERE. It’s all about being serious. And this other thing. The mountain.

The mountain! Yes.

That’s all there is. You do the things that move you towards the mountain, and you drop anything that doesn’t. This is what I learned from this video, a commencement speech from 2012 by Neil Gaiman. Click this image to get to it. (Hat tip: SKF.)

Neil Gaiman: 'If you know what you were born to do, just go and do that."
Neil Gaiman: ‘If you know what you were born to do, just go and do that.”

This speech is about goals. But more than that, it’s about integrity.

As you get better and build more quality relationships with the people who are able to commission you, you are able to be more choosy, of course, in what you take on and reject what doesn’t propel you towards your goal.

I think clarity of concept is hugely important, for that exact reason. You can’t move towards five thousand and forty two mountains all at the same time. You have to pick ONE.

So, that leaves me to ask: Where is your mountain? What does it look like? Is what you’re doing today getting you closer to it?

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