Being here now

I STAYED UP far too late last night reading a short story about loneliness. Some part of me was totally depressed reading how the main character was so lonely he paid someone to watch him on the video stream on his laptop. But then, going around this gleaming city each day, watching people with their […]

A nomadic existence

Design Kompany is hosting an online forum in which people who don’t know one another—from around the world—are connecting and conversing, every week. LIFE ON THE ROAD. Digital nomad, or modern gypsy? If you found yourself, as we did, somehow on the road indefinitely and working off the internet in that magical and curious way […]

In her own voice

CLEAR WRITING. Is important. Direct, to the point. You don’t have to get ornamental with it. These are the things I am saying to the person I used to be, not even two years ago. I guess sometimes you have to revisit the spots where you were, and look at what you said and wrote […]

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 […]

Love & Relationships

IN THIS PRIVATE conversation space in an online forum sequence, you’ll be able to explore your honest thoughts about love and relationships in a remarkable way. People will not know you. You will not know them. The idea is that through an anonymous forum, a very specific kind of forum in that it is designed […]

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 […]

This Tuesday, everything resets

FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, we’ve been publishing a weekly eZine, S P A C E. There is a fee for this magazine. There are a very small group of subscribers. But that’s good. I’m telling you this because we are at the verge of a new chapter, this junction of DK. It’s 2017. We […]

The things to come

  ***   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 angles. Ahead? It’ll be a different adventure, now, from this point forward. Different people to meet, different scenery to note. I think even new foods […]

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 few on the cafe hopping […]

Writing and eating

TWO THINGS today, on the agenda. Going through the conversations, going through the highlights of posts, of sharings to date, of learnings-as-we-went, and the reflections from ‘N’ in Phnom Penh, Bangkok, London, and the ones in progress in Copenhagen and Hanoi. Today I will focus on getting things into a place where they are share-able […]

Save the date, almost

SOME OF THE PEOPLE reading this page today will recognize what this means. The poll. Where the people who say ‘yes’ to an ‘N’ event work together to mutually agree on a date. At the time of this writing, we have 6 people ‘in’ for the same date for ‘N’ Hanoi. WHICH SIX, and which […]

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. […]

Registration page for ‘N’ Hanoi: NARRATIVE

TODAY IS THE DAY. Registration page is up for ‘N’ Hanoi. Related: What is ‘N?’ > Related: Pushing Back on the Culture of Maybe > For ‘N’ in Hanoi, our theme is NARRATIVE. ‘What are the stories we tell to the world? What are the ones we tell to ourselves?’ ‘N’ is an invite-only event […]

How I think I found 2 or 3 of us

THE THING IS, you just have no idea. When you go and say, ‘I’m here for a thing. A salon, sort of, but not really. It’s not a performance, well, wait, it IS, kind of. It’s an improvised play. together, the 16 of us, together is the important bit. Because who cares about ‘the arts’ […]

A new kind of journey

‘I’M LOOKING forward to this; my first interactive book-course-workshop-salon.’ ‘Your wha’?’ ‘I know. It’s weird.’ ‘Is it on facebook?’ ‘Uh…. Yes. Kind of.’ Discover the details when you join us for ‘A little S P A C E’

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 thought it might be neat […]

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 and, more recently, hosting conversation […]

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 conversation starting prompts designed to […]

A new plateau

LEGACIES ARE MADE AND BUILT based on the learnings we can articulate clearly, and share. Dialogue makes us gather our ideas and respond to those of others, too. Perspectives can shift and whole rooms of internal awareness can open, if we allow ourselves room to reflect. It’s why I am always taking pictures like this, […]