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‘I’ll meet you there’

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Journal to reflect, and to get to know yourself better. See patterns, over time. You can, and maybe you already do. But what if you could share this journaling and reflection experience with others?

 

Writing for reflection

The Cojournal Project started in 2014. It’s me sending a weekly writing prompt, and then, us talking together about it, over email, in asynchronous and international conversations. There are no more than four people per circle. Several dozen people have taken part, over the years.

I feel this is useful and important for people who don’t know how to find time and space to ‘learn and grow’, in a way that isn’t prescribed like through a class or a course or something that is formal, and usually one-way (or top-down).

Personally, I love the conversations that meander, are informal, and sort of jazzy in style. We talk, and we riff, and something happens in that space. I feel that the beauty is the emergence that’s there to explore, and invite to come to the surface. Words are the notes to the music we make, together.

 

 


Making conversation spaces: in real life, online


Before covid, I used to host conversation roundtables like ‘Make: What is the creative process?’, ‘Origin: What is fromness?’ or ‘Beauty: What is it, who gets to decide?’, and maybe 100 or so, more. All around the world, wherever I was, I’d find people and invite them to convene and connect. Riga, Tokyo, Warsaw, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Oulu… Yes, a great deal of movement, pre-covid. (None, now. I’m quite stationary, and content, where I am).

Still, I recall these moments with a great deal of fondness. The people were amazing. It takes courage to ‘opt in’, I see that it’s harder and harder to do this, given the age we’re in. Many times I had highlights and even more times, it was completely a fail, lol, but that’s okay. That’s how you figure out how to make it better, redesign slightly, retest, keep going. Making conversation spaces that really get people inspired, not recording anything, and never sharing, after we leave, the contents are so personal, after all. That’s why there aren’t any pictures. I’m not keen on ‘marketing’ these things, showing off all the cool photos of all the cool people. That’s just not my style.

I loved meeting and connecting people with one another, before the pandemic. I loved experiencing the gatherings of us, in real life, to see each other, and to investigate and inquire. Even now the (few) people I know who wind up visiting cities in which others are whom I know, I will connect them. So they can meet. In the way I love: meaningful conversations, I’m certain, will come of these initiatives.

Now, though, I’m less inclined to make this effort to go and physically meet people in real life, and get them talking. It’s a lot of overhead.

So now it’s online. I send prompts to those who want to be part of the conversations (you’ll apply, then you’ll register to set up a weekly fee, and we go from there).

Asynchronous email conversations are my way of continuing to host dialogues that advance our ideas together and challenge us to dig a little deeper. Writing isn’t just publishing; it’s exploring, and discovering, too, I feel. Journeying in real life is this, too. The destination isn’t the point: it’s how fun it is, along the way, to move through the world and see what is out there for us to get to know, to understand. More and more, I see that Kismuth was never about publishing books, as much as inviting these kinds of curious, fun, light, and informal conversations. To happen.

 

“A journal is your completely unaltered voice.”
— Lucy Dacus

 

The Cojournal Project, then, is a chance for you to talk to me and others, through our weekly online prompt-led conversations. Who joins? Mostly, people I’ve met personally, as I’ve gotten to know and invite people to read my books in Kismuth, or talk together at conversation salons, or simply connect over the occasional group zoom call. I remember a time when serendipitous encounters were much more common and welcome than they seem to be today (in an era of too-much-info, too any new things can overwhelm). Let me curate this opening for your window into whatever’s next, whatever’s possible, by placing you into a circle with me and up to two others.

 


Journal with me and others: write, share, converse


We’ll meet there when we like, talk together, and expand on ideas that might have been blooming, but remained stuck, due to lack of freshness, inspiration, or a chance to simply share in a way that doesn’t judge and isn’t with people you already know. Originally that was my hope, to build a group of conversation spaces for us to semi-publicly connect (not a group, not a club, not a clique, and not a company). The differently-minded, meeting in the humble, casual, informal spaces I love to convene in, for Kismuth connections.

Be a part of it. Here’s an application form.

 

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Kismuth Connexions

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Make a Zine with Atelier S P A C E

Join us for a fun and creative online event where you can learn how to make your own zine! Atelier S P A C E, a renowned creative studio, will guide you through the process of designing and crafting a unique zine from scratch. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, this event is perfect for anyone interested in self-expression and storytelling.

During this interactive session, you’ll get the chance to connect with new individuals from around the world and share your ideas and inspirations. With Atelier S P A C E’s expert guidance, you’ll explore various techniques and tools to create a zine that represents your personal style and interests.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to unleash your creativity and learn from the best. Join us for ‘Make a Zine with Atelier S P A C E’ and discover the joy of self-publishing!

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Jump the Fork

Book reading. In person in Phnom Penh. Tickets are USD15 and come with the eBook, Jump the Fork. 

This event will take place on December 2, 4, 8, and 20. Rotating venues in BKK1, TTP, TK, Koh Pich, and BKK3.

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Bar Kismuth is opening, next month. Join the conversations over Zoom voice.

To participate, kindly register.

Here’s a link.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bar-kismuth-tickets-555979237867

Thanks!

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A Virtual Speakeasy

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The Mirror

Update: July, 2023

 

THE MIRROR.

It’s a place to talk. Mostly, 1:0, which means, solitude and space are good to have access to for this to make the best of it. Carve out some time fo yourself. Use the prompts you’ll get every week to get into the conversations that help you see what really matters.

I created these prompts from 20 years’ conversations with many people who have different learning styles, as well as some career work in journalism and brand identity design. Those were where I learned to ask questions that get us talking much more in detail about things, not so generally. After some time, in rich exchanges, you can uncover something cool. That you can only get to if you get into reflection. For real, not just talking about it. Doing it.

This is the place for you to explore and experience my way of finding things out, through writing, if you want to.

It’s a workshop that you cans hare your responses with me, through. At the end, I’ll send you a 1-page mini report which encapsulates what I heard you say. Some people have told me this is the most important piece of the workshop, for them. Seeing everything that they told me getting shared back, in a succinct way. Perhaps with some extra pieces to it, things to go and try, from there.

 

What is it?

This is what I offer, in The Mirror.

Eight prompts.

Over 8 weeks.

Its goal is to help you arrive at the center of this one important question:

‘What is it that I value? Truly, deeply, and that I decided was important to me.’

Discover it. The cost is USD160 for 8 weeks.

There is no fee to apply.

Apply here.

Selected candidates will be invited to register.

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