Interactive Papers Project

May 2021


A year ago. We started this. The Interactive Papers Project.

I understand now the impetus for designing and facilitating Interactive Papers Project 2020-now was this.

A personal desire to connect: meaningfully, not superficially. With a handful: I don’t like a crowd. And over time, build something together. Now I know what that thing is that we have built. It’s trust.

This project began as a way to enjoy making ‘a third space’:

In community building, the third place is the social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home (“first place”) and the workplace (“second place”). Examples of third places would be environments such as churches, cafes, clubs, public libraries, bookstores or parks. In his influential book The Great Good Place (1989), Ray Oldenburg argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place. —Wikipedia

But in 2021, it’s emerging. It’s now a ‘fourth space.’

Towards a fourth place

Morisson (2018) argues that places in the knowledge economy are evolving.[22] He argues the existence of a fourth place. In the knowledge economy, the rise of new social environments is blurring the conventional separation between the first place (home), the second place (work), and the third place. New social environments in the knowledge city can combine elements of the first and second place (coliving); of the second and third place (coworking); and of the first and third place (comingling).[22]Furthermore, the combination of elements of the first, second, and third place in new social environments implies the emergence of a new place, the fourth place. —Wikipedia


How DK are creating Fourth Space though Papers

I love traveling, don’t get me wrong. I’ve been to 27 countries through the last several decades mostly on solo tours but sometimes in groups of two to eight; yeah, group tours, too, in my younger years.

‘Space’, Found imagery // Atelier S P A C E, 2020

These days, I’m sort of done with moving around and finding the next spot to lay my head, only to listen to the pinging and beeping of people’s phones around me (I don’t have a smart phone), and wondering who they need to inform, and what, if they are not actually participating fully in the now of being somewhere else, fully. Enter Continuous Partial Attention, here. Exit CPA.

New accelerations

A lot of people in Vietnam ask me why I don’t ‘go travel’, because well, it’s boring now. It’s boring to go and see the same same same same same places and the tourists who are like, ‘Look at me plotting my Polar Steps’ on some app or camera-videotaping me and others so they can ‘share the experience of being here’ with who the hell knows and who cares.

That is my opinion.

Rather, staying put in one neighborhood long enough where eyou get to the point where someone who was, at first, like you, it was mutual, kinda sort of really mistrusting of you finally sees sees you, then one day invites you to lunch with her and her whole family including extended family, and tells you things that only someone who has seen you enough times and around and a round enough would be comfortable sharing, that… that is a different kind of trip. That is learning how to stay with it; immerse. It’s reminding me of things I used to read when I was a journalist, where the writers really got to know their subject deeply before writing willy nilly what they thought. It was thoughtful, incisive, observation-based. It was important to read things that were written by people paying attention to what was around them. Now, it’s different. Now it’s all witticism and shiny-shine and colorful hair and ‘looks’ and makeup. Ugh.

Where is the depth?


I am skipping the large section here about Substance.

Allow me to edit that out so as to keep this tight, and focused. ON what is important here. Communicating to you that I feel… ready for more challenging conversations that deepen the dialogues about, say:

  • Design
  • Decolonization
  • Discovery
  • Spacemaking & Dialogue
  • Culture

Make the things you wish existed… advice from SR, and I wanted to try that. I wanted to do… this…

I wanted to find a way to move together towards that further questing, the questing out into places that are not what we know already. Not what anyone really knows knows, but, somehow, are revealed to us. Intrinsically. For me, this happens in projects like Papers.

It happens in a small group setting (not a retreat that just happens once, mind, but over time, slowly committing and showing up because of accountability, practicing the art of sharing, and learning how to discover and co-discover, too) is… is a way to… feel our way towards those things that matter… to us.

Relatively speaking, it’s about ‘us.’

I’m learning so much about this culture of ‘togetherness’ here, where I am, waiting for things and also shaping new things while in the waiting zone…. Papers is one of those things. Vietnam has taught me lots of lessons, and one of them is something I had also learned in India… make itup, with what you have, where you are, on the spot. Resourcefulness, grit… these are shared with the lessons I had learned on my journeys in 1998 and 1999 on separate, solo tours to Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and elsewhere to see how people live within highly limited financial means. Besides that, the additional learning here that is specific to Vietnam is: hardworkingness. I mean. Wow. So much more to say. Saying thing. In Papers.


May 2021

Welcome to Papers 2021 edition. Still the same spacemaking style of Cojournaling 2014-2019, but with that additional layer of publishing and design by DK of your words and stories, this time, that you can enjoy, too. A bonus.

See what making S P A C E can reveal to you about… you

Papers is offered for USD $16 per week.

Max 4.

You can start with an application.

Apply here.

More from there. Thanks.