‘N’ Helsinki: NEUROSIS

HELLO. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you struck up conversation with a total stranger, and found out something really cool about them and, in the process, about yourself, too? When did you last go out of your comfort zone to get lost in the sea of real-life conversation that wasn’t…

1 June | Atelier S P A C E moves to Finland

HELSINKI, Oulu, and Kärsämäki. New and different others. Conversations in S P A C E, intermingling with our online ones in these protected pages. Discovering and connecting people whose paths might not have otherwise crossed, that's what we are up to, here at DK. Sounds like a big project, doesn't it?…

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…

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…

Save the date

READYING. For 'N'. Checked out a couple of venues over the last few days. Looking for something that would work well for the guests whom I have met, in person now, by running into them. Looking for the chance encounter is tough, though, and today I'm going to just lay…

Ten or maybe eleven

THE POLL IS GOING, and is almost finished, I think, where we are seeing if 16 people can agree on a date for 'N'. At the time of this writing (12.10PM), ten have. Ten people, people I have just met (some on the street, some on the big road, a…
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