‘What is SELF?’
A WORKSHOP with you and DK in 1:1 conversation space through email. By invitation. Application required. Fees apply.
To thine own self be true
JOIN the unique reflection workshop SELF to get insight on the inner motivations that are moving you towards your goals, your dreams, and in so doing, better understand the concept of your life work, too.
SELF is an 8-week virtual workshop that will open a door to the heart of who it is you really are, and what’s most important to you. We’ll work through DK’s tried-and-tested worksheets designed to:
- discover your top three personal values,
- look at the past moments that were significant,
- recall the people who’ve mattered most,
- reflect on why,
- engage in 1:1 conversation on email about your emerging themes,
- refine these to name a 5-word ‘concept’ of you.
WHAT IT IS. DK sends light emails on Mondays with prompts and questions, which are sequenced to help you discover with clarity the pop that makes you very much you, and only you. Each worksheet can be replied to asynchronously, in the flow and pace that works best for you. And each week’s worksheet is designs to be complete-able within 20 minutes. Built from our past work in Seattle in brand identity design for more than 50 small businesses, organizations, nonprofits, and solopreneurs.
WHO. SELF is written and facilitated by DK’s Dipika Kohli.
WHAT YOU GET. A mini-report midway through the short course, and also at the end. This will be written based on your writings, and correspondence with DK during the 8-week programme. Sign up and know that you’re doing the big work, then walk away with a 5-word phrase that spells out your clear, unique concept of self.
‘IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE.’ For more about what people say they regretted not doing in their lives, read ‘Top 5 Regrets of the Dying’.] Certainly, the idea of ‘self actualization’ brings lots of people to vocalize giant opinions, fast. ‘What’s important? What is the purpose of life?’ These are huge questions, of course, but we can make a start at carving off a slice of the huge fabric of what counts to better understand ourselves and our roles in the scheme of things. DK have discovered that the people who best enjoy SELF are seeking meaning and ready to try things that open doors to self-actualization. Sound lofty? Maybe it is. We recognize fully that this isn’t the kind of workshop for everyone. But leaders who are aware of their own inner voice and can pay attention to it are going to be better able to allocate their resources and influence to make better, stronger and more thoughtful things happen through their work. That’s the hunch.
WHO SHOULD APPLY. If you are in a period of limbo, if you are in transition, if you have just come out of something or are about to head into a new phase, SELF is a good course for you. If you have been through some difficulty or a change, or something has pushed you to question your own goals, vision, mission and values, then SELF is an excellent tool. If you are questioning the goals and methods that you have or are using, then SELF is ideal for you to re-evaluate and confirm your personal values are aligned with what you are doing and making at work.
‘Overcome my fear of writing’
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. –J. Lee, guest of SELF, a real life workshop in Bangkok, 2014
WHY DK. Sometimes doing the work of looking inwards can be easier when framed in this way, through questions, and questions that come from, say, someone that isn’t close to you. Someone who isn’t going to have a judgment about how you answer. Someone whom you might not ever meet in real life. What if you could find a space for a conversation that was happening, but didn’t involve oversharing, or having to divulge a lot of details about the self, because it was set up, designed you could say, to be more or less a space for you, as the person playing the game, to spend time talking with mostly, yourself. What might you discover? Design Kompany has worked with more than 500 clients in Europe, Asia, and both coasts of N. America to develop this 12-step toolkit of ways and means to discover the essence of you. (See ‘Who’ section above for more about that.)
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING. HERE ARE A FEW testimonials from guests of 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.” —M, 2018
- “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
FEES. SELF2019 is USD $225 for 8 weeks. Scholarships available–be sure to indicate interest when applying.
HOW TO APPLY. Participation in SELF begins with an application. To apply, go here.