• 611 INVITED

    The story so far

    HELLO.

     

    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?

     

  • last update: DEC 10.2016

    To date, these are the 'N' events that have happened:

    • 'N' London: NOTEWORTHINESS - [30 November 2016]
    • 'N' Bangkok: NOW [11 October 2015]
    • 'N' Phnom Penh: NORMALITY [26 April 2015]

    Care to nominate your city? If it has an 'N' in it, contact me here.

     

    To the journey!

    A. Spaice

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    How it works

    Attracting the Supercurious.

    16

    # of 'N's there will be. Cities have to have an 'N' in them. Some have been fixed. Most are open at the time of this writing.

    16

    # of people at each 'N'. The idea is they don't know each other. Usually I find them online based on the topic and just write and say, what do you think about this? Sometimes, it's friends or friends-of-friends or people I know through work, that kind of thing.

    1

    The # of times 'N' happens in each city.

    N

    The letter that the topic starts with in each place. So far, 'Normality,' 'Now,' 'Nearness,' and 'Noteworthiness.'

    N

    The venue has to start with an 'N'.

    256N

    The goal. Discover 256 people in the world who would be up for this kind of thing, who say yes, get a ticket, and choose a date with 15 total strangers, all online, trusting the process and the person who is holding the space. (That would be me, A. Spaice. Hello.)

    4

    Cities 'N' has traveled to, so far. Looking for guests or hosting the event.

    Why?

    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.

  • 56/256

     

    '16N' is 21% complete

     

    #whynot #sayyes

     

    AS OF December 10, 2016, 56 people in 6 cities have said 'yes' to an invitation to 'N'. In the entire world, we're only looking for 256. That means, at the time of this writing, 16N is 21% complete.

    Right now

    A picture of where we're at

    16

    Phnom Penh

    April 26, 2015

     

    'N': NORMALITY

    NUK Cafe

     

    16

    Bangkok

    October 11, 2015

     

    'N': NOW

    Nikko Cafe

     

    16

    London

    November 30, 2016

     

    'N': NOTEWORTHINESS

    National Theatre

    5

    Copenhagen

     

    'N': NEARNESS

     

    Now registering

    2

    Wellington

     

    'N': NEST

     

    Now registering

    1

    Bologna

     

    'N': NOSTALGIA

     

    Now registering

    0

    Vilnius, maybe

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    Portland, maybe

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    San Francisco, maybe

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    Boston, maybe

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    Buenos Aires, maybe

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    Lisbon, maybe

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    New York

     

    'N': NARCISSISM

  • How to play 'N'

    (Note: It's not for everyone)

    1

    Request an invite

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    Commit with a 'ticket-yes'

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    You and 15 others decide on a date

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    Find out where

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    Show up for your 'N'

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    Win!