Tonight is ‘N’ London: NOTEWORTHINESS

MANY THANKS TO THE DOZENS of people in our online and real-life community, S. P. A. C. E., for helping DK connect with the 16 ‘new and different others’ we are meeting for the first time in one moment tonight.

TONIGHT IS ‘N’. Here, in London. A year in the making, this one. We are getting together to talk about NOTEWORTHINESS, what’s remarkable? Why?

Esoteric perhaps in nature, the actual experience of an ‘N’ is, I hope, I think, I believe, much more playful, open, engaging and by design fun. What would be the point of it if it wasn’t fun?

Fields will be represented from many directions: mathematics, curation, anthropology, culture studies, photography, writing, design, business and technology and more. The magic moment is almost here. Tonight, tonight, tonight. —AS

How to want less so you can experience more

‘MILLENIALS. I just…’

‘…’

‘No.’

‘Hm?’

‘Can’t work with them.’

‘Hm?’

‘You know. People in their thirties, for example. Mostly those ones. They get all weirded out and want to investigate every opportunity in the universe. But they don’t actually decide on anything. And then, when they don’t, they can’t really… well, I don’t wanna judge or anything, but they seem… really… um… Well, it’s not nice but… confused. Or at least… something that… Hm. Let me put it this way. I wish people could just relax, you know? And notice that if you want less, you can experience more.’

*nodding*

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But really I love millenials, I think

‘SO I’VE JUST DECIDED. I’M NOT GOING TO TALK TO THEM. Okay. Maybe that’s not fair.’

‘…’

‘But really, what it comes down to, I think, what I’ve learned from 20 years of design, is that it’s about editing. What was that famous quote? About essentials?’

‘Simplicate and add lightness?’

‘No, no, the other one.’

‘This one?:’

‘Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away …’

‘YES.’

‘…’

‘But distractions get in the way. Other options are distractions. FOMO is a distraction.’

‘…’

‘And phones. PHONES. What really kills me is the phone thing. How a phone becomes a kind of appendage and it’s weird, you know?’

‘…’

‘I can’t do it anymore. They talk to you while they’re looking at screens. It’s so awkward. How can you have a quality conversation with that kind of stuff going on?’

‘…’

(you don’t have to take my word. you wanna hear it from someone else? Like this famous white dude?)


‘I’m not saying they have to pay attention to me or anything, well, maybe I am saying that, but yeah. Okay. But I am saying… well, there is this other person sitting there and looking at you and giving you their whole attention and well, it’s just… it’s annoying. I think it’s a different kind of culture. Yeah, if I put it that way, it’s not personal. Anyway, I can’t be bothered.’

‘You sound like you’ve made up your mind.’

‘I think [Millenials] could use some simple framing. Simplicity-making. To get clarity on things. Anyway I like the new young people. The like, 22 year old and stuff ones. They don’t talk with their screens always on and poking at you, like it’s no big deal to call up a picture of someplace to illustrate with a digital thingy what they want to tell you. Like information is more important. Than eye contact. But the younger ones, they actually look at you. And listen. They listen! I’m…. I was really shocked when I met a few, this past trip to Europe. I met them and they listened. Like—without phone-checking.’

‘Phones. Bother you, huh.’

‘Yeah. I don’t have one.’

‘You don’t have a phone?’

‘No.’

‘… wait. How does that work?’

‘It’s not that complicated. It’s like the nineties, is all.’rlcK7DX5

Phoneless in Phnom Penh

‘YOU ASK THE YOUNG TWENTYSOMETHINGS simple questions and they don’t go all frenetic on you. You can be pointed. You can say, ‘What are you worried about?” or “What’s next?” You don’t have to worry that they’ll take it like you’re their uncle and interrogating them. They accept the challenge of it, and answer honestly. They really do. They entertain the questions and they are careful in their response-making. They don’t waste their breath or get all crazy about FOMO. They just don’t. I like that. I like these new people, coming up.’

‘So what are you going to do?’

‘NOTHING.’

‘…’

‘Okay. Well,. I think I’ll do SELF.’

‘For the Millenials?’

‘Mostly. Yeah. Or for whoever thinks it’s cool to think about things slowly and work out what’s important to them.’

‘What’s it about?’

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Why I don’t answer email

WHY WASTE TIME? Why pretend that there is some kind of dance one must do to act like ‘just in case this becomes something interesting’ that we have to talk, online? Why do people think I’m going to be the person who gets in touch personally asking them for some kind of stupid networking date? Because I’m not.

OKAY, OKAY.

I DO answer some email.

From people who pay me.

People who have invested in DK.

They give their time, they share their resources. Most importantly, they show up. And so do I. The bigger their commitment, the bigger mine in return. I am a long-term relationship type. I like to know someone over the long haul, as we grow and change and discover things, and can pass on what we’ve seen and heard.

People who buy from DK are the ones who are the engine and lifeblood of our studio, in a big way. I mean, it’s true. They see the value (for growth, for culture) of making space for uncertainty and sharing of stories. These are the people who hire us for commissioned work, join our salons and workshops, and subscribe to our online magazine. Every dollar we get from our projects and our tickets goes into the design and creation of more and better space. For learning, sharing, and ‘rooms’ others can join for a time to experience moments of personal growth. And we are just getting started. In 2011 we started the first beta workshops online. STEER was the start of it, and later, we hosted a live salon called SCALE. Things got better, after that. As they must, if you care about them. Things got tweaked, honed, and redirected with the care that goes into the thing you can’t help but do, as artists.

EMAIL. I email people who’ve joined our workshops, are members of our subscription magazine S. P. A. C. E., or are mentors, or past clients, or full-time practicing designers or artists. I invest. As you do, when you want to see things progress. But I can’t invest in everybody. Selecting is huge. Sometimes, when the time is right, I send a note or two to a very good old friend. That doesn’t mean we are best friends over time and giant pen pals. It means we had a very deep connection at one particular MOMENT. (I want to talk more about ‘the moment’ in my next post.) But yeah. That’s it. I’m deleting a few Gmail accounts this week. That’s what made me think I should make this clear. Why I’m closing some of the channels, why I care about reinvigorating the lines of communication with the ones who have shown up, time and time again, or maybe just the once for that bang!, this is beautiful, point of connection. Maybe you know what I mean?

THE ONES I HAVE DESCRIBED are my high-priority people.

Less important are the no-show people, the people who’ve bought into the disrespectful yet prevalent culture of maybe, the let-me-think-about-that-and-never-actually-think people, and the generally indecisive. (It’s been something more experienced people, people like BB and others in Seattle who helped us in the beginning kind of alluded to, how you don’t have time for everyone, how it’s ‘easy to get married but hard to get divorced,’ etc, the sorts of lessons that came only with living it ourselves, and of course, time.)

People I ignore outright are the naysayers. Boring. (Surely we all know one or two of this type, right?)

But the dangerous ones leave no room for openness, they bludgeon the first sign of vulnerability. Which anyone who runs a successful business (and I’m lucky to know some of them, personally, now through these various projects) knows is a way of killing the culture of Exploration, of Asking Questions, and of discovering one’s way to Innovations. Real ones, not just stuff you talk about in a class for a grade.

Bunches of otherwise smart people are getting in the way of themselves, don’t you think? But you don’t have to get caught up in their own self-doubt and insecurity and otherwise meaningless stuff. You can just sidestep them and let them continue on their merry way, right? You can! I think you can, anyway. I think it just takes being, ah, firm. And letting them know that you want to work with people who want to work with, um, themselves. It’s kinda harsh. And maybe not the kind of thing you talk about at work. (But after work? Office party? I don’t know. I don’t remember what office parties are like anymore.)

But wait, I was talking about whom to avoid. #2 on the ‘stay away from’ list are: those who think they’ve got it all figured out. And #1, and therefore on a different planet from my carefully tended guarded gates are the ones, are those who’re just, well, bad at what they do. (Usually because they don’t know what else to do.) (Side note: I have seen more of this than anywhere else in my life in my time in Asia, but maybe that’s not Asia’s fault, or the people who are here, but rather that I’ve just gotten old enough to know the difference. Instantly. I really got sad when a woman at a venue, someone not so young who should know better, and whom I keep seeing around, said, ‘Well, it’s good enough for Cambodia.’ I nearly melted from depression, right then. She seems to know who I am now, and tries to meet my eye and smile, and I have to say, it’s very ambivalent when this happens…)

There’s so many.

Do you ever wish you could take someone’s business card and just hand it back? I do this. I figure that’s more direct, and polite. ‘I won’t be needing this.’ A no BS policy.

No bullshit

FOCUS. NEXT WEEK I AM STARTING SOMETHING NEW. An eCourse. It’s called FOCUS. Maybe it’s because of my genes that I’m inclined to be the kind of person who listens to the questions pouring forth about: meaning, direction, choices, confrontations with the Self, the stories within, the sharing of these, the philosophy that transcends our usual bounds of dogma, and so on. It’s been a privilege to share these innermost thoughts with people who are asking big questions about, ‘What am I doing? Is this worth my time? Does this really matter?’

Death and complacency

BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT?

There’s not that much time left. Watch DK’s TEDx now >

Words from four years ago.

I still stand by them. Perhaps you’ve already gotten past me, perhaps you are well on your way to putting into practice the things that one learns, with time, that are more important: vision, focus, and living your values. Right?

GRANTED, THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. I know with a handful of other people that certain things are highly esoteric and inaccessible, things like the eWorkshops that will, in 2017, be built out for the kinds of people who are already past the point where they have to ask, ‘Wait. What else is there?’ and still need convincing that the job they hate that they keep going to every day or the boyfriend they are dating until it’s convenient to break up is just… time wasted. WASTED. And for someone who has been writing incessantly about the imperative drive taht we must Realize our Fullest Potential, well, I am now seeing that, no, not everyone cares to do that and in fact, I don’t care about those people. I don’t. I really, really don’t. It’s why I disconnected from a lot of social media. It’s why I’ve slimmed the group of people I spend more time talking to (and am completely awake to hte fact that there are so VERY many who I simply cannot relate to, and that this is OKAY, this is disqualification, and if ther’es anything I’ve learned from freelancing here at Design Kompany since 1994 when we were kids and things were groovy is that you just HAVE to CUT THE BULLSHIT. I’ve caught myself saying it out loud, lately. I don’t email personally outside of my innermost circle, and these are people who have joined me on some adventure or another in S. P. A. C. E. (workshops, live salons, and online magazine). Show up and I’ll show up, that’s my attitude. ‘Tude. Making space for uncertainty. Framing the bounded box, within which we can investigate the URGENCY of the MOMENT, the impressive impact of the noted NOW. (Why else would I do 16N?!)

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LATELY I REALLY detest giving email out like it’s some throwaway thing. Matter of fact, I’ve been thinking about how I can quit it altogether. There has to be a way to communicate with the high-priority folks, but… does it have to be email?

Let’s be honest: if there was a connection, we would know it, and there would be an honest exchange of something after that. If there wasn’t, we know that, too. Why waste time? Why pretend that there is some kind of dance one must do to act like ‘just in case this becomes something interesting’ that we have to talk, online? Why do people think I’m going to be the person who gets in touch personally asking them for some kind of stupid networking date? Because I’m not.

I knew immediately this person was going to take a lot of time and energy to work with, and int eh end, wouldn’t even read this far on a post that I think is really important. I don’t draw lines between ‘friendship’ and ‘workship’ I believe in what Bicycle posted here, our unofficial manifesto that he said isn’t a manifesto (but it kind of is.) I am looking for the people who want to be better. The people who want the tools to ‘N+1.’ Is that you? It might not be. It’s very, very likely that it isn’t. But if it is, if it IS, then that is why DK exists. Honestly, it is.

‘Cause know what?

Most people are hot air, and I don’t have time for bullshit. Who does, really? Right?

More is coming, for the people who are with me on the plane of the next. Is that you? I hope so. We have a lot of good work to do, together. —DK

Fear of the Unknown, Part 1

THIS IS A TED talk I just found by Ruth Chang, who nails it square when she talks about ‘hard choices’ being not really so much about being hard as a chance for us to decide, ‘Who do I want to become?’

This is the video…

So when we face hard choices, we shouldn’t beat our head against a wall trying to figure out which alternative is better. There is no best alternative. Instead of looking for reasons out there, we should be looking for reasons in here: Who am I to be? You might decide to be a pink sock-wearing, cereal-loving, country-living banker, and I might decide to be a black sock-wearing, urban, donut-loving artist. What we do in hard choices is very much up to each of us. —Ruth Chang

Pretty cool, right?

But how about that. Deciding to be who you want to be FIRST, and letting the choices follow from THERE. More about thinking in reverse from our usual programming, in another post, Part 2.

May 5: ‘Simplicity,’ a workshop

Simplifying.

WHAT IS SIMPLICITY?

Who needs it, why, and how will all of our lives be better if we know how to clear the clutter?

White space. Meditation. Slowness in the stream. Placing spacers so that we are able to curb the flow of distractions and illusions and focus, focus, focus on those few but quality things, the things that most matter, in our lives. Is important work, really important, but… how?

Design Kompany is collaborating with Kismuth Books to create this unique moment of looking at the things that matter in our lives, and quickly figure out the things that don’t.

MAKING SPACE. Room for you. Time to be. Space. You notice yourself breathing. You feel calmer, you feel at peace.Why can’t it be like this, for you, right now? What’s happening in your world? What’s distracting you, what’s keeping you from getting to the things you really want to be doing?

Are there things you can say ‘no’ to, and if so, what? What can you let go of to make more space for you—temporal space. Physical space. More room for you to do what you care about, and let go of what you don’t.

Break out of molds of what you ‘should’ or ‘ought’ to be doing. What you need to ‘have’ in terms of stuff, or relationships, or followers, or friends. What DO you really need? Here is a simple workshop designed to help you discover what it is that really counts. For you.

WHO IT’S FOR. It’s for people who want to discover themselves again, through a conversation and guided, prompt-led sequence of exercises in a two-hour session for strategies. Push back on the culture of ‘busy.’ The culture of ‘maybe.’ The culture of ‘stuff.’ Use the techniques of editors to clarify, refine, and simplify the ideas and systems of your day-to-day life. Maybe you’re decluttering at work, or at home. Use these tips and lessons from the creative writing process. Prompt-led guided conversation.

Walk away with a clear idea of what you can do *right now* to make your life simpler. 5 strategies to put into action.

Simplicity. A virtual eWorkshop.

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Pushing through the dip: on process and perseverance, or something

I WANT TO MAKE ‘N’ for London and Copenhagen and Ha Noi this year, and I’m going to just have to keep on inviting people until we find the magic sets of 16 per city. Bearing with me are the guests who’ve joined so far. I’m so lucky and grateful that a few of us are on for new things, for challenges, for learning as we go, for mixing it up, for giant blind dates, and for, yes, the human connection that can happen when we unplug, show up, say hi.

DK’s 16N project gathers 16 strangers in 16 cities. Cities that have an ‘N’ in them. On topics that start with ‘N’. This began in April 2015 in Phnom Penh with ‘N’ Phnom Penh: NORMALITY, then in October that year continued with ‘N’ Bangkok: NOW. We are now inviting new guests for ‘N’ London: NOTEWORTHINESS and ‘N’ Copenhagen: NEARNESS. Here is an update from the series, ‘Diary of N’.

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MAKING MY WAY OUT OF THE BOX. It’s true. I’ve been hiding, sort of. I’ve been avoiding the work of actually inviting more people, because it takes a lot of mental effort and huge emotional reserves. I mean, not like the kinds you would need to go through trauma or anything.

Just—when you are idealistic and hopeful and optimistic and believe like anything in the power of people to work together collaboratively, beautifully, together when they only have a chance to meet and get over their initial seeming differences then yeah, you get discouraged to see that most people, I’m talking about 99% or so, but I haven’t done all the math yet, will not agree with you.

Maybe they’re scared. Worried. Not into it. Don’t think it’s important to ‘go outside the comfort zone.’ Is that what I’m asking people to do? It seems that way. That is what I hear, mostly, in the responses to my invitations—

‘You’re asking me to go outside my comfort zone.’

And sometimes, that is a welcome thing. I guess now that I’ve been hiding for a while I’ve had a chance to regain my enthusiasm for ‘N’. Some cool people are joining and I have made a promise to them, that I will make this happen. I am the kind of person who does what I say I will—it’s a huge value I inherited from my father, who is stout, and stubborn, sometimes keeping us from getting along, but boy, do I love that about my dad: his consistency in doing what he says he will. Later in life, I learned that is the best way to build trust and quality relationships—for work and for personal stuff, too. Show up. Do what you say you will.

I want to make ‘N’ for London and Copenhagen and Ha Noi this year, and I’m going to just have to keep on inviting people until we find the magic sets of 16 per city. Bearing with me are the guests who’ve joined so far. I’m so lucky and grateful that a few of us are on for new things, for challenges, for learning as we go, for mixing it up, for giant blind dates, and for, yes, the human connection that can happen when we unplug, show up, say hi.

I’m sharing the journey in some updates on our blog, but mostly in email conversations with people who have opted in to our mailing list at Design Kompany. (Just go to the contact page and click ‘get updates by email’ if you are curious.) I’m guessing most people are not aware of the quality level I am looking to make for ‘N’.

I AM GUESSING THAT they would see this, initially, as some sort of quick buck thing. They don’t know that it’s actually running at a loss. That is to say, the sponsor that everyone asks me about is actually my own studio. And we’re not rolling in it, like. We’re just… we care about uncertainty, trying things, taking chances, showing up, making something beautiful if we can find people also interested in those things. (Lately, business execs, generation Z, and innovation R&D heads.) It’s not everyone, for sure. And that is the learning, to date. It’s actually very, very few people. But then again, it wouldn’t be worth it if, through this giant maze, I didn’t find my way towards them.

TO BE HONEST, I don’t know how I would respond if the tables were turned. That is, if someone from the internet whom I didn’t know asked me if I wanted to get a ticket to some event that had never been done, with people I didn’t know and couldn’t read up on beforehand, and on a date ‘to be determined’ together by the registered guests, Hm, what would I say to that? Maybe it’s because of the challenge of trying to be more open this year, to say ‘yes’ more, to try new things myself that I wanted to keep going with ‘N’ after Phnom Penh and Bangkok and really try to make it to 16. I’m not saying it has to happen all at once, perhaps a break after the UK-DK tour this year. The rest can wait. It can happen over sixteen years, if it must, because what counts is the moment of it happening, in those places, not the hurrying through… I care about ‘N’. I guess I care about it because it is introducing me to a very neat set of people, (you know who you are), and the future ‘N’ guests to be determined, and it is for them, for meeting them, the chance to know them for a bit, that I want to keep pressing forward, and push through this awkward ‘givey-uppy’ moment, the one that some people call ‘the dip.’

To be continued….

#whynot #sayyes

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SATURDAY March 19: FLOW workshop at Inno-tech Phnom Penh

ARTIST CHUCK CLOSE on flow: ‘If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction.’

DK ARE PRESENTING FLOW: A WORKSHOP at the Inno Tech Festival on Saturday, March 19. Here is the timetable for the day’s events. We will be on at 11.15AM.

We first shared FLOW with a great group of engaging people at Foo Cafe, a programmers’ hub in Malmö, Sweden. Excited to bring it to Phnom Penh.

INSIDE. IN THIS WORKSHOP, you’ll get to learn four three of DK’s favorite rapid-fire exercises (15 minutes each) to jump start your productivity. We’ll walk you through how you can use these anytime, anywhere to find flow, either in familiar contexts or outside of your usual bounds. This is an interactive program, so come ready to experience trying these methods out on the evening of the workshop.

WHO. WORKSHOP FACILITATOR Dipika Kohli is a co-founder of Design Kompany. Since opening in 2005, DK has designed messaging for: software developers, architects and other process-oriented entrepreneurs. How to best communicate ideas, and how to grow through new ways of thinking about the work people do, and why it matters. Watch DK’s TEDx Raleigh talk, ‘There’s Not That Much Time Left’ here. More recently, DK are working with individuals to clarify a personal identity, and the resultant techniques on how to declutter have led to making space for people to explore uncertainty through workshops like: FLOW, SELF, and SIMPLICITY.


 

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And something to whet your appetite:

Chuck Close:

The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you.

If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case. —Chuck Close

MORE LIKE this, at FLOW Phnom Penh. And a lot of other things are happening besides FLOW at InnoTech Festival Phnom Penh.

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Flow: A Workshop
How to effortlessly rise to your highest productivity in under 60 minutes
Inno-Tech Phnom Penh festival
11.15AM
Saturday, March 19
Free
More at Innotechfestival.com/programs >

Time and space for quality self-reflection

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S. P. A. C. E: ‘Diary of N’

…PEOPLE WHO’VE said ‘yes’ to this wacky and weird idea. Followed all the instructions. Showed up, on the day. What happened in Phnom Penh and Bangkok was very special. And it’s because of the people who came. I can’t even tell you how cool it was. We made it possible, ourselves. We chose to be there, and we were there. Because we were curious. We wanted to be. That’s what made it magic.

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‘N’ IS IN PLAY.

I’ve given myself a task. To find 256 people. In cities that have an ‘N’ in them. To talk about a topic that starts with ‘N’. In a venue that starts with ‘N’, too. So far we’ve gone to Phnom Penh for ‘N’ Normality at NUK Cafe, and to Bangkok for ‘N’ NOW at Nikko Cafe. The next few places are on the books for later this year, and I am now working to invite the magic set of 16 to each of those places. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the number one reason is:

‘N’ is magical.

Why?

It’s working. The thing that an innovation consultant we know and work with closely said innovations are solutions to the right problems that users love to use. The important parts: ‘Right problems,’ and ‘love to use.’

The problem: people aren’t connecting in meaningful ways. Outside of work or romantic relationships, it’s hard to discover space and time to connect for quality dialogue, intellectual play and stuff like that. ‘A 30 year old guy talking to another 30 year old guy?’ someone on a train I met somewhere in the autumn said, ‘Well, that’s just weird. It’s like a date. What do you like? I don’t know. What do you like? That’s just… weird.’

Is it?

Can ‘N’ let it happen, so it’s NOT weird?

My original gut feeling was, ‘What if we could stop trying to collect people? As if we’re all numbers. What if, instead, we were all N, so randomly chosen and highly self-selecting. And then, when we have this very short moment of a conversation space in real life, those ‘N’ who’ve chosen to join the project become real people. The kicker: you have to check in your phone at the start. This is a picture of what it ‘feels’ like to be there. I took this picture in Copenhagen.

People. It’s about the people.

256 in total.

You. Me. Us.

People who’ve said ‘yes’ to this wacky and weird idea. Followed all the instructions. Showed up, on the day. What happened in Phnom Penh and Bangkok was very special. And it’s because of the people who came. I can’t even tell you how cool it was. We made it possible, ourselves. We chose to be there, and we were there. Because we were curious. We wanted to be. That’s what made it magic.

‘A – H A!’

EVER SINCE the idea to make ’16N’ flashed into concept in March 2015, I have sort of obsessively been writing people or bumping into them and asking, ‘Will you like to hear more about ‘N’?’ Sometimes they say yes.

I wanted to design a way for us to all meet each other at the SAME TIME. Serendipity and chance, but sort of on purpose. An experiment? Something. The idea being let’s see who comes. Let’s see what happens. Non-boring conversations, please. How to make it happen? This was my premise: You can design for great conversation. You can engineer conditions so that it’s more likely to hit on something cool in the space of a short burst of time. (PS, I’m an engineer by training, a designer by school of life.)

What I needed were these things:

People’s trust.
A unique proposition.
A firmness in structure.
A way to make it fun.
Hurdles.
Openness within the structure, on the day.
Gumption.

NO DOUBT this is a work in progress. But if you’re here because I invited you to an ‘N’ in your city, there’s more to share, at the password-protected link. Let me know you are there, and I can share more.

Diary of ‘N’ is published in Design Kompany’s eZine S. P. A. C. E. —DK

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