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Thanks for following this blog. There are a few people who have asked me to keep writing it, so here I am.

Additionally, these days I’ve been writing a monthly column. It’s called Kismuth & The Way II. If you know about this column and you know about Kismuth and you are reading here, thank you. I wanted to share this issue before it gets published next month, for some people who might enjoy it and want to get it first. Perhaps that’s you? Welcome.  I invite you to read ‘Pathways.’ It’s a short PDF, and it’s in the S P A C E shop. It’s $5.

Here is a link.

https://designkompany.gumroad.com/l/dupvc


 

Writing is all rewriting, and so on, and so forth


For context, see this post at my personal site, too. I’ve been making the weekly e-mag S P A C E since 2017.

Pathways

kismuth members, writing

Kismuth & The Way

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found

On beauty

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vignettes

A story about a little time and a little space, that was the goal of writing Solitude. There is some confusion, I feel, around the value of solitude, owing to an online culture of ‘feed me info’ or ‘entertainme’ or ‘infotainment’ or even just people being unable to do the big-deal thing of ‘sitting quietly alone in a room.’ Referring to this:

Blaise Pascal — ‘All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.’

 

 

Solitude

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“When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.”
—George Orwell


There is a lot to say about how one falls into a life of writing and the purpose of our writing, besides. I’ve shared my own “why” for writing this week in the zine, S P A C E. When we write, why do we write? This was the topic for the issue,  S P A C E | ‘Something to Write Home About.’ More about my zine is at the crowdfunding page for it, and also, in the shop.

A quiet writing day

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This is the last week of exploring #softskills in the e-mag S P A C E. Things will change thematically in the summer. I’m going to talk about ‘A Change of Perspective.’ You might be wondering why anyone would make a magazine for themselves to focus on topics and write about them in a series. I was told by KT, an artist I admire and respect, that I create ‘collections’, and I couldn’t agree more. After he pointed it out, I stopped writing personal memoirs for Kismuth and though about what kind of collections I could create, instead. Some of the seasons of S P A C E I recall with great affinity have titles like, ‘In the Vernacular,’ ‘Autumn Leaves,’ and ‘A Philosophy of the Moment.’ Going to places, seeing what I might find, running into people, going out of my comfort zone, looking into the new, and packing what I heard, saw, felt, and discovered into a 16-page zine every week was a satisfying way to process as well as create an artefact, too.

I think all this exploration has helped me refine my communciation skills quite a bit, given that there were so many cross-cultural contexts (Finland, Denmark, Viet Nam, Malaysia, etc). You had to be on your toes and read the air and follow the rules. You had to listen. You couldn’t learn without doing those things. I was taught, in schools in the United States, that the thing to do is assert your point of view (loudly, sometimes aggressively), but this does not work in most places I found myself looking for the stories, over in Southeast Asia and Northern Europe – quiet does, however, and it’s the quiet that I like to write about a lot for Kismuth, now. See Into the Quiet, for example.

The zines in S P A C E are a documentation of the human connexions I took care to note; these were formed through multi-layered conversations with just a handful, in each place. It takes time to build rapport and trust, and I take that time to do it, when I am making S P A C E issues because they have to be genuine, honest, and reported from a place of having done one’s homework to understand. Deeply, not superfcially. So it was, and so it is, to me, to this day as well.  Discover more about S P A C E, how to subscribe to get it, and how to be part of the ongoing conversations, too.

See you this summer for S P A C E | Summer 2024, ‘A Change of Perspective.’

Here is a link.

http://chuffed.org/project/spacethezine

Thanks.

100 Conversations, space

Communication skills

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100 Conversations, found

Soft Skills | Conflict Resolution

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This summer, I’m starting a new theme for my weekly e-mag, S P A C E.

The theme is ‘A Change of Perspective.’

Find out more about S P A C E at my personal site, dipikakohli.com/zine, and also at my design studio, http://designkompany.com/zine.

I send the zine out by email once a week, every week, and the seasonal sets are 12 issues each.

That’s a lot of links but here are some more. The shop is at http://gumroad.com/designkompany and the crowdfunding page, just updated, at http://chuffed.org/project/spacethezine.

Checkit.

 

D. Olah

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A change of perspective

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At the beginning of February, I began writing in earnest on the theme of ‘Soft Skills’ for my weekly e-mag, S P A C E.

The stories were a mix of things, some of which were researched pieces from internet articles that then peppered up some personal commentary to add to them, which I felt comfortable sharing through the online space for the zine because I know everyone who subscribes, personally. I mean, you have a mini-mag with an esoteric name like S P A C E and you don’t go head to head with the likes of TIME. Wait.

Wait.

Some of my favorite stories in the series this time are Q&A interviews with HR experts. The titles of those issues of S P A C E are: S P A C E | ‘Is it an Employer’s Market, or an Employees?’ and S P A C E | ‘People Operations.’ You can find them in the shop.

Subscribe to ‘Soft Skills’

I can send you all the issues in the series if you subscribe to S P A C E.

To do that, here is a link.

http://chuffed.org/project/spacethezine

Thanks.

 

&Cojournal, space

April

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Here is my column this month, in Saathee.

 

Trust the Process

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Trust the Process

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Philip Oroni

 

 

Soft Skills in the workplace, at home, and in the world

&Cojournal, 100 Conversations, vignettes

Soft Skills

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essays, found

Researching ‘advice for young people’ for my last column, for Saathee, I found this intriguing short piece called Desiderata. Now, this may be quite familiar to many, because of the very real nature of Western intellectualism being more commonly delivered to our textbooks and into our everyday lives if we grow up in the West than, say, those who may have other perspectives, like the one I ended up writing about, after all. (Silence, namely. Letting people decide their own things. Jiddu Krishnamurthi’s unpackaged suggestions through his writings and lectures have pointed me this way, and the perspective of keeping quiet instead of over-verbalizing your opinion has been etched further from the many, many conversations that I’ve been lucky to get to have with those whom I have gotten to know, who have opened up, and who have come out and told me when I outright ask, ‘What do you think?’, and, importantly, who are wildy uninfluenced by Western traditions. So refreshing.)

That said, it’s sometimes worthwhile to keep these footnotes around as a reference point. Except for the ‘God’ reference, which I could do without, personally, I feel this short letter, reportedly from a father to his daughter, has some real heft to it.

Here it is.

Desiderata: Original Text This is the original text from the book where Desiderata was first published.

‘Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

‘Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.

‘But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.’ -Max Ehrmann, 1927

Advice for young people

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I like quiet space. I always have. This book expands on it, in vignettes from Phnom Penh. / Photo: Debby Hudson

 

Next from Kismuth’s collection of short books is Into the Quiet. It’s a curated collection of articles, and additional bits and pieces, on the subject of stilling, quieting, and finding comfort there.

Here’s a link.

http://kismuth.com/into-the-quiet

Thanks.

 

essays, vignettes, writing

Into the Quiet

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