Wherever you go, there you are


AS: What is it about?

DK: ‘A Nomadic Existence?’ asked one of my longest-term mentors. ‘What is it about, exactly? Can you name that? Can you paint a picture of what it IS? In other words, what is the content of your forum?’ Let me answer that. What IS it about. It’s about lots. It’s about the things that happen, magically, when we simply make *time* and *space* to converse, together.

AS: How does it work?

DK: I post on Mondays. We have a week to write a response. Then, on Sundays at 7PM ICT, I respond and craft the next day’s post. It’s emergent, one step at a time. It’s N+1. All of this is behind protected-page posts on this blog. Those who are taking part in the online forums are participant, see, and I truly mean are participating in the making of the content, as we go. We don’t have to know each other for a lifetime, heck we don’t even have to know one another for one hour. Or ever have met in real life. But… we show up together, and there’s a pattern of how this works, and what we can do with it, and you know? It’s a kind of community, without all the weird things that some communities turn into… I believe that this is a conversation space, and it’s also an exploration. I don’t know why I’m going into this much detail. Because I care so much? Because I lack editing skills? That’s where you come in, A. Thank you.

AS: Why is it interesting? What makes it different?

DK: We are looking for the a-ha. It comes, at times. I believe there is a way to design space for meaningful, magic moments. Connexion. Real connexion. I believe it has to be designed for, this kind of quality of truly well-collaborated, well-made space. There is design, but design is useless if it’s not inclusive and inviting and welcoming and made-by-the-collection of those who are there.

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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. (Which was, when I think about it clearly, half a year ago. That means, this isn’t the kind of thing that just repeats ad nauseum, it’s kind of based on the spur of the moment, one of us being in the mood, and happening to be here for the moment.) Now that I know I’m interested *only* in conversations with people who *show up* and want to *try things*, I go to where there is a critical mass of people who say ‘yes’ to my internet invitations. (Last one was this. Next is this.) But finding myself in Phnom Penh for this week, somehow, I’m here and I want to see if others are interested in connecting in the sky salon that is my favorite of the ones I’ve hosted so far in PP (Ennui, Beauty, Choices, Self, and so many others, over the last three years). So yes. In Phnom Penh, right now. Who’s coming? What will happen? As always, it’s an improvisation in Life Arts. To the journeys! See you there. —AS]

Noticing what’s here, where we are. Right now.





Get together with a very small group of people to talk about things that feel more interesting than the usual drone of:

  • ‘How long have you been in Phnom Penh?’ (yawn)
  • ‘What do you do here?’ (Why? Are you job hunting?)
  • ‘Where are you from?’ (How about ask me where I’m local?)

The idea. After a series of six really amazing ‘Rooftop Philosophy in Phnom Penh’ salons, limited to just a few people and small and informal in style, we bring back Rooftop Philosophy in Phnom Penh, this time the #7 edition. It’s going to be on Thursday, 17 August 2017.

Programme. Guided, prompt-led conversation. No experience or expertise necessary. This will be in English, but all are welcome. Light, relaxed, nice view. How to design space for great dialogue? Conversations that, I promise, will veer far from the vein of the above. That is the work of DK. Browse our past events on facebook or eventbrite to get a feel for what we are up to, here.

Tickets. USD $15 per person.

RSVP through the registration page, here.

Meetpoint and programme to follow, by email, for registered guests only. Including what to bring, what to expect, and a few hints on who else is coming.

A. Spaice





Rooftop Philosophy in Phnom Penh
‘Haven’t laughed so hard, or been so surprised, in the 4 years since arriving in PP:’ A. Spaice. Rooftop Philosophy #1 – #6 happened here. Some intriguing conversations, indeed. Same place for #7, on 17 August 2017.