Posts tagged joe edelman
It’s a wrap! October 2018

What’s a conversation you’d love to have and with whom?

Every time I started working on a new book, I’d start by asking myself just that; what would I love to know and who do I want to have a discussion with? Then I’d reach out to those people and have the sort of conversations I was craving.

If you’ve been reading these monthly reports for what’s now been exactly four years, you might have noticed I’ve had an obsession with “conversations” and how technology is impacting the way we communicate and spend time together. For my upcoming book project, I’ve reached out to people who gather friends and strangers to ask them more about how they see their role as a host and how they orchestrate gatherings that leave an impression; gatherings people ponder about even days or weeks after.

This new project has been filling me up with joy, in addition to a new client I’ve started working with: Norn.

To me, Norn is one of the most exciting ventures I’ve come across in recent years, and at least since I started working with Kickstarter. As conversation hubs, Norn’s aiming at bringing people together to help them facilitate meaningful conversations.

Together, we’re refining their customer journey and experience and also reworking their messaging. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend following them on Instagram.

Along these lines, yet slightly extended in their sense, I’d also like to recommend the following articles written by my friend Joe Edelman, who I consider one of the most inspiring philosophers of modern times:

Five Question Rethinking Civilisation

Non-Goal Drives

As for LifeStart, we’ll soon be launching new challenges on the platform after closing a challenge with Virgin Money Giving and Sony Pictures. I’ve managed to hire a couple of students to help us create interesting content for students. We’re still looking should you know a student who’s based in the UK looking for part-time work, and is a great storyteller.

I’m also in the process of launching a new Skillshare class on how to use social media as a creative, which should launch within the next couple of weeks.

It’s a wrap! June

I kicked off June with a second workshop with the team at SOS Kinderdorf. We’ve discussed community building for their various activities. As transparency must be at the core for any business that wants to build a community, it was rather challenging to figure out a strategy for community building initiatives while making sure the privacy of SOS Kinderdorf's protégés remains guaranteed. 

Nowadays, and with the rise of the social web, many people want to have a full understanding of how different systems work and they want to understand in more detail what happens to their money. While the social web has given everyone the tools to emotionalize people and build a community, people are being held accountable and must remain open and transparent if they want to win trust of donors.

In my opinion, having to be transparent has paved the way for independent makers and creators, and it’s what makes working with Kickstarter creators so enjoyable. In June, I organized an event for fashion creators. I also helped Matriarch, I Lock It, and Triggers to hit their goals on Kickstarter.

Furthermore, I was honored to participate in Stephan’s Kardos Creativity Gym as a speaker to a small group of talented students at the University of Economics in Vienna. 

One of my favorite community building initiatives was Joe Edelman’s Soundtrack Dinner. Joe created a playlist and invited everyone to come up with a tapas dish to go with the song he chose. For one hour, we listened to the songs, while eating. Talking wasn’t allowed. The sensory feeling one gets from focusing all your energy on your ears and taste buds was pretty much unforgettable, and I’d recommend everyone to try this out at home too! It was, let me tell you, bloody damn amazing!

Let’s see what July brings!