Holidays are about coming together, creating a space, and sharing; and last week on Tuesday night, 23 of refine+focus’ friends and colleagues did exactly that. While still keeping the holiday tradition of giving, we decided to do things a little differently; rather than exchange gifts, we exchanged ideas we were passionate about. Think of it as a “Yankee Swap,” except everyone goes home with both new connections and new curiosities.
This November’s event brought together brilliant artists, C-level strategic innovators, non-profit financial consultants, biomedical geniuses, and more for an evening of merriment and idea-sharing. This month’s attendees brought in their ideas in many forms, ranging from PowerPoint slides to YouTube movie trailers and even an augmented reality demonstration.
HOW IT WORKS
This month’s event followed the same format as previous months’ Curiouser evenings, with each attendee bringing an idea that excited them and sharing it with the rest of the group in three minutes or less.
WHAT WE DISCOVERED
If you’re curious about what ideas were shared that night, read on; we’ve recapped them all for you in this list:
Steele Divitto – A neighborhood concierge service that sparks introductions between entrepreneurs and business owners
Michael Evans – How to use technology to incentivize participants in research experiments
Babs Ryan – An app that brings together children and sports psychiatrists to keep young athletes healthy, both mentally and physically
Peter Russell – The importance and entertainment of bringing friends and family together in unconventional ways (like renting out a movie theater and having a film screening!)
Hakan Satiroglu – An innovation foundry that works to reframe social justice issues and generate sustainable companies
BONUS: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
We took a few minutes to recap our night, and here are some interesting questions that came up in discussion:
How can we maximize human connection?
How much of our personal memories of what we cherish are integrated with or colored by the media?
Where will we all be in one year?
AN OPEN INVITATION
We’ll be announcing events like this one in the beginning of 2018, so keep an eye out if you’d like to be a part of these inspiring evenings. Until then, happy holidays!
Did any of the ideas you read spark a new one within you? Do you have ideas of your own you want to share? If you’re a curious person and interested in attending our future “Curiouser and Curiouser” events, feel free to send us a message at email@example.com.
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