• 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?

     

    What would you say if someone invited you to a thing called '16N?' In which people who did not know one another in your city could meet. In real life, of course. But briefly. And once.

     

    Would that be interesting?

     

    Or odd?

     

    If odd, let's think about that. Let's think about why. Are real life serendipitous encounters too intense? Hm. As a designer, I really miss chance encounters and randomness being more normal than it is now. I dislike googling people ahead of meeting them, or fearing they might know too much about me.

     

    I was thinking about that a lot, here in my base in Phnom Penh.

     

    Then I thought, 'Hm. What about if 16 vectors crossed paths once? That would be a point. A point in time. In other words, if we get a bit metaphysical, that would be a moment. A particular kind. A magic moment.

     

    Could we engineer that? An 'a-ha' if 16 of us convened, all at once?

     

    'N'.

  • 56/256

     

    '16N' is 21% complete

     

    #play16n

     

    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.

    So far...

    16!

    London

    November 30, 2016

     

    'N': NOTEWORTHINESS

    National Theatre

    16!

    Bangkok

    October 11, 2015

     

    'N': NOW

    Nikko Cafe

     

    16!

    Phnom Penh

    April 26, 2015

     

    'N': NORMALITY

    NUK Cafe

     

    5

    Copenhagen

     

    'N': NEARNESS

     

    Now registering

    1

    Bologna

     

    'N': NOSTALGIA

     

    Now registering

    2

    Wellington

     

    'N': NEST

     

    Now registering

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': NUMBER

    0

    Gangtok

     

    'N': NOTHING

     

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': NEURAL

     

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    TBD

     

    'N': TBD

    0

    New York

     

    'N': NARCISSISM

     

    Registering from

    1 Jan, 2031

  • (Note: It's not for everyone)

    This is how to play.

    1

    Request an invite

    2

    Commit with a 'ticket-yes'

    3

    Choose a date with 15 other registered guests

    4

    Find out where it will be

    5

    Show up for your 'N'

    6

    Win!

  •  

    Other bits about 'N'.

    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.)

    3

    Cities 'N' has been completed in, so far.

    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. Of showing up, even if you have no idea to what, exactly.

  • SO FAR,
    I have invited
    611
    People.
     

    'It takes a lot of NO's to get to YES,' as they say.
     
    But the magic moment is SO great. I want to keep going. I am still going.
     
    Last update: April 7 2017

  •  

    Are you curious?

     

    To nominate an 'N' in your city, contact me here.

     

    Or, if you see your city on the board, request an invite!... More from there.

  • Can I donate to 'N'?

    Yes! To contribute to 'N', here are some links.

    You can make a one-time payment in any of these amounts:

     

    $16
    $32

    $64

    $128

    $256

     

    Don't see the number you want? You can use the button below. You can also use it if you'd like to make a sustaining (monthly) contribution. Kindly go here:

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