The story so far
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you struck up conversation with a total stranger, and found out something really cool about them and, in the process, about yourself, too? When did you last go out of your comfort zone to get lost in the sea of real-life conversation that wasn’t set up digitally first?
You are not a robot.
You are not your schedule.
You are a human being.
When did we all become option-seekers? Can we go back to when it was different, when we used to just commit?
'Don’t wait to see if something better might come up – be a bold human being and just pick a date and show up!' as one guest of 'N' put it.
And when was the last time you looked at another person, a stranger, like, really? Eye to eye, face to face. ‘You’re here, like me, in this world. Let’s converse?’
16N. 'N' came into concept at a small cafe in a waking Phnom Penh with one sizzling question: 'What if we could design great space for fantastic dialogue? With new and different others? But briefly, and once. What if we could really make it happen? With 16 people. Two to the eighth. What if N was a vector? If 16 vectors cross, just once, that's a moment, right? What if we could frame that moment, and celebrate, then, the urgency of now? Of real life, of right here, right where we are.'
‘N’ gathers 16 people in 16 cities. Cities with an ‘N’ in them. Designing a way for people whose paths have never crossed to meet together, in one framed moment. Each city’s ‘N’ is themed. The topic starts with an ‘N.’ The big idea? Ever notice how people collect each other, as though we’re numbers? In each city’s big blind date, ’16N’ become 16 people. Phones and devices go into a box at registration. No recordings. Just real life. But briefly. And once.
Are you up for the ‘N’ challenge?
Cities 'N' has traveled to, so far. Looking for guests or hosting the event.
Got tired of agenda-driven, boring conversation. Hate wasting time with endlessly-shifting coffee dates that ultimately, who cares? Enjoy the urgency of the moment that happens when you know it will end soon. Spectacular engagement when you know you'll never see the person again. yet, maybe you will. There's always that chance... that you'll have a longer-lasting connection. But how do you know unless you go? *mystery* *chance* *serendipity* There's art in the magic moment, of simply being highly present. Of showing up, even if you have no idea to what, exactly.
Show up for your 'N'