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DK makes S P A C E programmes for new and different others to connect, and interconnect, in remarkable ways.


S P A C E gathers small circles of divergent viewpoints. For conversations that move and invite movement. The kinds of talks that have a center, and not sides
These are ‘the third place’ kinds of conversations. (Or the ‘stammtisch,’ as they say in German.) At it’s best, S P A C E shows us how others feel and think. Gives us, if we’re lucky, a mirror, too, to show us who we really are.

Think of S P A C E as that philosophy class you never took. Or, if you went to Governor’s School in North Carolina, recall Area III—S P A C E is modeled from that programme, as our host took part in it, ages ago, and the feeling of dialogue-for-the-sake-of-learning-together opened a new path, one that ultimately led to founding DK as an LLC in Seattle in 2005.


DK co-founder Dipika Kohl hosts ‘State of Publishing’, 2012, and S P A C E in 2018

 

IN SUM, S P A C E is asynchronous. Weekly. International. Agendaless. No hierarchy. Not religious. Inspired by those who take a chance on DK and trust the creative process, and, trust DK to guide the way towards some kind of moment of breakthrough. It happens.

In 2018, S P A C E is hosted by Dipika Kohli (pictured). S P A C E happens in DK’s forums, in these protected pages. (And in real life, at ateliers listed here.)Why make S P A C E? Can’t help it. DK started doing this in real life, back when we began in Seattle with an office, and an apartment, and then, Kornerhaus. Parties. Brown bag lunch discussions. Salons. Evening soirees. It sounds like a lot happened, when I write these things. Maybe a lot did. But that was the place it started. S P A CE started in real life. Let us explain…


DK co-founder Akira Morita, pictured at Kornerhaus in Seattle when the studio was based in that city, takes PLAY as his ethos and put together the collage not eh wall behind him. We didn’t know back then that our whole reason for being would be to make S P A C E so others could remember how to P L A Y. But there you go. That’s what DK does, and is. Spacemakers. For play.

 


2018: Year of the journey. Helsinki for ‘Slow Moment,’ Kuala Lumpur for ‘Book of Hearts’

Around early 2014, we started hosting dialogues on the internet. This was the beginning of a new chapter, for DK. Based in Phnom Penh from 2014-2017, that was how it moved from being place-specific sets of conversation salons to something more loose, more international, more inviting chance encounters, and adding new voices to the streams. In small circles, always. But also, always looking for the next, the near, the far, and the new. So many things. And so many great dialogues. Sometimes, when it’s going well, we put together a short anthology, like The Mirror. More stuff like that is ahead, for 2019. Ask us about it.


‘Deep thought, unusual connection’:
What people are saying about DK’s programs

HERE ARE A FEW testimonials from guests of The Cojournal Project, SELF and THE MIRROR in 2014-2018.

  • “My writerly friends (those who do so publicly and privately), I’ve been participating in Dipika Kohli’s CoJournal project since just before the new year (2014). It’s a unique project and it’s pretty special. If you’ve been looking for some structure or accountability in your writing – and supportive community in very small groups, this could be for you. Dipika is a compassionate leader and offers some accessible assignments that are helping to shift my writing lens. I love it.”—MH, 2014
  • “I am writing because I wanted to thank you all for sharing ideas and memoirs, I am very much impressed and really enjoyed the workshop [SELF]. I’ve been working on my writing, and finished one short story which I feel so happy after I finished writing it (it’s in Thai.) I’m working on its English version pretty soon and will send to you all for the feedback. Bottom line is I’m happy to let you know that I’ve somehow overcome my fear of writing, though there’re times when I got stuck with the stories, get distracted, or feel like it’s not good enough – if it was before, I was just going to give up. Now, I feel it challenged me and I find writing more enjoyable. Most importantly, I feel like my writing is getting better too.” –JL, Guest at ‘SELF’, 2014
  • “I love the space you are creating and holding around the world for deep thought and unusual connection.” —KA, 2017
  • “Astonished…” –B, 2018
  • “Your touch is really delicate and modern. Quite lovely.” —PP, 2007
  • “Thanks so much for the feedback, Dipika.” —M2018
  • “Meeting so many kinds of people at different walks of life was inspiring, because people who show up, I call this ‘self-selection’, are the sorts of people who are looking to explore and get to know others interested in also exploring. Making oneself available to come to an event that seemed to hint at others also taking a chance on trying new things did something very important. It showed me that the barriers to me doing what I want to do creatively start right here, with myself. A skeptic inside fights the opportunities that arise. I joined a writers’ group, and then your workshop… It motivates me, makes me feel like I am part of something great,” —D, Guest at ‘SELF’, 2015
  • “Thank you for the opportunity.’ –F, 2018
  • “I was invited to participate in the last cohort (yes, I had to be *invited*, it wasn’t a given that I’d be privy to it,) and wow, did I enjoy the conversations. So much learning and fresh insights from strangers, old and new friends. If you think you can use some ‘seeing anew’—gaining new perspectives, noticing new sights, becoming aware your blind spots, this might be just what you need.” —AM, 2018
  • “Warmly recommend it.”–SG,2014
  • “[This] motivated me more to do what I wanna really do and kick some a**… Thank you, Dipika! —JH, 2016

 

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