Experiential Learning Design

A shift of phase

Since moving to Asia in 2014, DK are innovation consultants and experiential learning program designers.

(If you’re not familiar with the term ‘experiential learning,’ according to Wikipedia, experiential learning is distinct from rote learning, in which the learner plays a comparatively passive role… [In contrast], experiential learning entails a hands-on approach to learning that moves away from just the teacher at the front of the room imparting and transferring their knowledge to students. It makes learning an experience that moves beyond the classroom and strives to bring a more involved way of learning.’)

DK partners with groups to design meaningful experiences.

Building relationships and discovering opportunities for us to work with new people in and near Southeast Asia has been a curious and important time of transition for DK. Many more partnerships, now. With people from a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and visions. This is where our experiential learning programs come into play. New alliances with those who also share our philosophy about the importance of introducing fresh thinking into a daily routine have become very important. Teaming with others makes it possible for us to continue to develop and evolve our unique. home-made but practice-informed style of sharing. Researching and developing by continuing to practice has been how we got to the places where we are now, and we are sharing with less clunky and clumsy training wheels now that we have grown into our new roles here at DK. Thanks to all the trial and error from ‘discovering by doing,’ which is the way we kick it around here, DK can continue to custom design sets of experiences for our partners and their guests to try something… a little bit different, and very, very new. Together. Change starts with wanting to. 

 

Groups for whom we’ve produced experiential workshops include:

 

The 1961 Co-working & Art space, ‘Choices’ Siem Reap Cambodia. Creating a public event for people who might like to try a new way to think about what options they have in an era where option overwhelm can interfere with focused selection.  2014

ArcHub, ‘MOD’, A series of short talks and events curated by Akira Morita, Phnom Penh 2014

British Council, ‘Expanding Windows,’ Đà Lạt. Workshops designed and delivered by Dipika Kohli included an outdoor element during which time small groups could explore a lovely garden and ‘go on a journey’ to reflect on what the idea of ‘expansiveness’ could mean, to each. 2020

CORA Northwest, ‘Just Be You’. Dipika Kohli was invited by a client in architecture to present the process of going through a focused, simple, step-by-step process by which to uncover a ‘core brand concept.’ Seattle 2009

De La Salle middle school, ‘Design + Computing’ West Cork Ireland. Dipika Kohli was tasked with creating and delivering a semester-long curriculum for 20 students too learn how to use tools to create websites, including Photoshop and, at that time, Dreamweaver. 2002

Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership, ‘Human-Centered Design in Cambodia,’ Phnom Penh 2014

Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership, ‘Listening’, Phnom Penh 2015

Duke University
, ‘Girls in Science’ t-shirt brainstorming, conversation, concept development, and collaborative ‘comic book’ style design, Durham NC 2012

EchoStream Design‘Modern Sikkim’, Gangtok. Partnering with Sonam Tashi Gyaltsen of EchoStream, both Dipika Kohli and Akira Morita together hosted six roundtables in which different groups of people could dialogue, share, and connect. Sometimes the venue owners would approach DK, to ask about what they could bring to the conversations. Such moments were process. A beautiful series. 2014

Edogawa University, ‘Everyday Conversation,’ Tokyo. Dipika Kohli took a ho-hum curriculum for a summer program to teach English as a Second Language and turned it into an experiential workshop series, which included ‘smalltalk’ cards and ‘mingling’ mock parties, along with a finale outdoors, a talent show. Gymnastics, a mini-concert, and a set of ongoing mini-parties followed (okonomiyake, fireworks in the park, and, of course, karaoke). 2002

The Factory, ‘Design Thinking,’ Phnom Penh 2019

Foo Cafe, ‘Flow: How to effortlessly reach your peak productivity in 90 minutes’, Malmoe. Initiating a conversation with the co-working space Foo began online. Then, Dipika Kohli visited the space and got to know a few of the people who used it. She proposed the workshop idea after brainstorming with a mixed set of guests she had met in the city after staying put for five weeks to see what it was like to be there. It was only with observation, and rapport-building, that she could host such a workshop for an audience in Sweden, which is very different from anywhere else. 2015

Inno-tech Festival,
‘Flow’ Phnom Penh. Here, Dipika Kohli took the same workshop from Malmoe and gave it an international spin. Comfortable, inclusive and discovery-oriented. Again, as in most of Dipika Kohli’s workshops, here too, there was an outside element, as the breeze was perfect for encouraging participating guests to think about ‘flow.’ 2015

Neilson Hays Library, ‘SELF,’ Bangkok. One of the best workshops Dipika Kohli was able to host in real life was this one, adapted from SELF whihc was created for VIA Programs the same year. Going on tour with it got people together at an established and beautiful library in Bangkok to talk, to together, about their own concepts of ‘self’ in order to properly approach the project that they each had in mind: to write a memoir. A garden conversation followed the indoor series, for leisurely conversation based on the experiences inside the library, during which time guests had been able to think quietly at first about their ideas, then talk in rotating pairs to articulate their singular idea further, refining in the process, until in the end each person was able to put their core idea onto the space of a single heart-shaped post-it note. This small collection of hearts, on a whiteboard, was our artifact. 2014

NIPTICT, ‘Design Thinking’, Phnom Penh 2018

Oulu Arts Festival,’Hei Kesä,’ at Kahvila Tuokio Oulu Finland. ‘Zines. Conversation. Real life. In an age where the internet can confuse and lie to us, ‘zines’ (xeroxed short publications we make ourselves and give our friends) give us a tangible grip on the *here and now*, and remind us that at the end of the day, *we* get to create and write our own stories: the stories of our lives, the stories that remind us who we are. Inspired by summer in Finland, DK and friends are gathering our summer memories at this once-off popup art installation and zinemaking atelier. Reminisce. Make. Eat. Drink, and relax with us to put together your own 8-page zine. We’ll show you how. Content may be images, text or pieces of a small story. No prior experience necessary, ages 16+. Hosted by artist Dipika Kohli, Design Kompany. €15 (price includes materials, plus coffee). You can also bring your own seasonal periodicals, newspapers and craft supplies like scissors. Limited seats.’ 2018

University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill: ‘Design Thinking:’ Chapel Hill 2012

Skibbereen Eldercare Centre
, ‘Introduction to Internet,’ West Cork Ireland. Dipika Kohli was invited to create and host a series of seminars about how to make the best use of the internet (and before that, what it is, and how it works) for ‘The Thursday Gang,’ a group of seniors who were of varying levels of concern about jumping on board the digital revolution, to say the least. We had a lovely, grand old time together, and the sendoff was exquisite, too, in the way the version of the Irish goodbye that comes with snacks, sharing, and singing can really be. 2001

SparkCON Festival
, ‘Float’ Raleigh. Dipika Kohli, along with Catherine J. Howard, together took a booth with a curator who wanted to create an experience for passersby at this arts festival about not-selling something, rather, just showing a process. Dipika Kohli took a giant roll of paper, pulled some of it out onto a large foldout table, and got some markers out. Then, she asked people to simply put objects onto the paper, and drew them, live, into a composition that unrolled and unrolled, and… well, you get the picture. Dipika Kohli teamed up with Catherine J. Howard again to host ‘Beauty’, in two separate cities, on the same day, along with John Boylan in Seattle who had plans to make a roundtable on that topic on that day. 2012

TEDx Raleigh
, ‘There’s Not That Much Time Left2012

VIA Programs
at Stanford University, ‘SELF,’ Palo Alto. Going outside 2014

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