“Products are so much a people-issue and not a skills-issue. Internal team politics, conflicts, insecurity among leaders which means weak leadership – all these fail the product much more than the product market.” – says a guest.
“I never had the confidence to discuss my work issues by naming people. Vinish ensured that I could question my work, the people with whom I work or plan to work, and how relevant it is for anyone. I feel as if I had a dip in holy Ganga.” – says another guest.
The series helps us share a dinner table to discuss the future of design, and its impact on the people for whom we design, around their stories, their success, and their constraints.
Design is on an interesting intersection of leadership, ethics, and outcome. 8Knorks gives you a chance to admit your vulnerabilities, clearly and loudly because you are never quoted anywhere.
How? The names of participants are not made public at any stage of the activity, before, during, or after the dinner. The participants can discuss their vulnerabilities, constraints, the blindfolds, and what stops them to invest better in their learnings and in their work. We, the organizers never quote the participant name while sharing the takeaways of the dinner.
So, you got to choice to be as loud as you want. As clear as you want to be. As critical of anything inside or around you.
The goal is to find directions for a more mature design leadership culture in Chandigarh region, and this design awareness transcends across our teams and network and organizations, and to everyone. The following references comes into play while applying for 8Knorks.
Design’s lost generation, by Mike Monteiro on Medium (article)
The end of navel gazing, by Paul Adams of Intercom (article)
The role of story in experience design, by James Buckhouse of Sequoia (article)
Design in interesting times, Emmet Connolly of Intercom (article)
Storytelling in product design, by Sarah Doody (video)
Storytelling. Narrative. UX. Experience Design, by Michael Margolis (video)
Group size: Eight guests at most.
Protocol: The series will have a basic protocol so that we make the best use of the time, and we make focused efforts to make it relevant and memorable for all the participants.
Venue: The Lalit Hotel, Chandigarh (see hotel website).
Outcome is committed to make more sense in the world.
Write to me at vinishjg (at) gmail (dot) com for any questions, thoughts, or for your interest in Outcome programs.