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Changing Cambodia from the inside out: ‘Makers & Doers’ report #2

Ms. Sreyneath Poole will be a featured guest at Origin, a conversation on 'fromness,' on Wednesday, July 23 in Phnom Penh

"I WANT TO be a politician," says Sreyneath Poole. Doing something for Cambodia, she says, feels like "it's my duty." Though the 23-year old was born and raised in Phnom Penh, it wasn't until her junior year of high school, away in America, that she discovered what had really happened here. "I didn't know who Pol Pot was," she says, still dismayed even after several years' time has passed … [Read more...]

10 pictures from 10 photographers on the subject LIGHT

Greg Bem

WHAT HAPPENS if you gather many perspectives on one theme? We can do this in roundtable form, but what about visually? I asked ten photographers to share a pic a piece on the theme, 'Light.' Here is the collection: A conversation begins Do you ever feel you're working in isolation? Do you wonder what other people, working elsewhere in the world and perhaps with different tools, think … [Read more...]

Origin: A conversation roundtable about fromness, place


UPDATE: Details of where this will be are now included in this post, see details below. IT HAS BEEN some months since we were able to stay in one place long enough to get to know the story, the scene, the vibe, and the context in which to design a dialogue roundtable. In some parallel conversations we're participating in about, specifically, design thinking for Phnom Penh, OS is also talking … [Read more...]

A workshop on Khmer design


WARM GREETINGS FROM Phnom Penh. This is the thing that has happened: we have fallen in love. With the Khmer aesthetic. It's easy to become enamoured with a style so very remarkably opposite anything we've seen before. Kbach ornament design is geometric and refined, with many allusions to the natural world and there are so many, many ways to enjoy it. Since our family here at Orangutan Swing is … [Read more...]