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“Activity Space” in Chiang Mai Gets Going | Makers & Doers report #1

Sahrah Boeck is a doer. "I'll just do it, with or without your help. I've always just done it that way," she said, smiling, but matter-of-factly. She was talking about painting the entire interior of her house and fixing doors, roofs and garden walls in ten days, but she might as well have been talking about any other project she was taking on simultaneously. Brainergy Schoolhouse, a.k.a. … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of the Orangutans

I've realized many things in the seven months since we've left America and took to the life on the road. This blog has been pretty focused on telling you about what these learnings and realizations have been; but what are we doing, day to day? How are we doing what we do? I've had hard time answering these questions, as well as knowing exactly what is being asked by them. Then, it occurred to … [Read more...]

ONE TO ONE, ONE AT A TIME

As November comes to close, we will have been on the road for seven months. Our self-appointed residencies in Sikkim and in Nepal now behind us, our touring-Asia-with-dialogue project has hit a milestone of sort. In these two-step-forward, one-step-back processes of moving around, figuring out as we go what we do, and what we share, we've become more aware and clear about what we are doing. The … [Read more...]

We are afraid of failures—lessons learned on fear, permissions, and creativity

We were standing around, waiting for the divine intervention. Or, someone to show up with a brilliant idea. Our event, Modern Sikkim, had just happened the day before, and we had worked hard to prepare for it. No one knew exactly how we'd do this next step. And there were some problems. The conversation had generated some interesting visuals and stories. Things we wanted to share with the … [Read more...]

So, what is Modern Sikkim?

It's been more than a week since we finished Modern Sikkim, a series of conversations about what it means to be in a growing place, with an identity vague and yet-to-be-determined as "Sikkimese" today. We've been mulling over the impact and meaning of what we've done in the last five weeks here, and are struggling to find the right word to describe the urgency we are feeling. Not to change the … [Read more...]

How are we connected, anyway? Community, modern culture and nomadism

We've been in Gangtok now, for a full month. A lot can happen in a month, and we've met, talked to and learned from so many people, young and old. Yesterday, a group of kids came running over to the three of us when we were hanging out on a bench on MG Marg. Just saying hi to Kush and us, they were, but it was somehow so rewarding to acknowledge the connections we've made here in that way. … [Read more...]

How to Jump: four personal stories about dealing with life’s obstacles and moving forward

One of the unexpected (duh!) ways we're finding our journey meaningful is the way things don't go by our plans, and how we might deal with these setbacks. We've written about a few of them here, and no doubt will continue to share our "failures" as we make our way around. But today, I want to share some personal, heartfelt stories from four of our collaborators and friends. Enjoy, use these tips … [Read more...]

Jump the Fork: what we do when things don’t go our way

We are camped in the western and southern parts of Sikkim this week, without internet for the most part (sometimes the whole town's connection goes down because of the weather, sometimes your cybercafe closes before you can get to it). We are well, though, and enjoying our breaks from the writing and keeping in touch, and taking in the views. Even if, when we arrived at the small tourist town … [Read more...]

What culture shock? How to stop worrying about where you are and start loving being lost

We are in India. I guess I've said that many times already. Every time I talk to anyone, online, or offline, even to each other. I say it: "We are in India, yaar." I know, you know. But, yeah. We're in INDIA. It's kind a big deal (and kind of fun to say). And, frankly, a big shock, to all of us. Why should it be a shock? As someone who have prided himself to be good at adapting … [Read more...]

How to Make Emotional Decisions

We are in India. This is the country we will be based in, for a few months at least. We are terribly excited, and afraid, at the moment, about being here. Will it work out? Will we be able to adjust? Are we going to be SAFE?  But that's part of our practice at Orangutan Swing. We know that, furthermore, that practice is LIFE. We rarely know what will really happen in life, do we? And somehow, … [Read more...]

On Listening

Greetings from Bangkok! It's crowded, but oh, so modern! I loved this town, sight unseen, as soon as I landed, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport eleven days ago. The three of us have had a chance to reacquaint with each other now, through a week in Vientiane, Laos, and a crazy bus ride from there to here. Things are back in a good groove now, and my thoughts turn to what we are here to … [Read more...]

What Do You See Over The Horizon?

Welcome to the new chapter of Orangutan Swing. I am typing this in Another Cafe in San Francisco, where I will be for just a few days before I head up the coast to Seattle. Dipika and Kush have been traveling in Vietnam for the last six weeks. The intention that we set, about a year ago, is that we will make our work and livelihood fit around our life purpose. We wanted to widen our input, … [Read more...]