A Leap for Women’s Empowerment through Design

After studying the future of education at Stanford’s d.school, Katie Kirsch went on to start a non-profit focused on women’s empowerment. “When you pursue your passion and carve your own path, there is no limit to what you can learn, achieve, and create.”

by Katie Kirsch

An Accountability Village

I’ve always been a ‘get it done’ kind of person. I’m usually juggling more than one project or opportunity at a time. I don’t like wasting time or energy doing something that isn’t productive. There was once a time when I had three part time jobs, was a full-time student, volunteered as a weekly youth … Read More

by Morgan Bortz

Thanks, Doan

“So you’re doing it.” I knew I was. That’s the thing with Doan. He’s direct and concise. Even his physical frame embodies it with its bony angles. He cut through all my concerns to tell me what I already knew: I was joining Experience Institute. The jumping bean concerns in my head, You’re still in … Read More

by Kali Lewis

Venture Building

We are all pretty familiar with the venture building process for most startup ecosystems; on one side of the table there’s business-people: investors, advisors, realists. On the other side, you have idea-people: entrepreneurs, founders, visionaries. In the fall, I sourced founders at a seed fund in Hong Kong. I was in the investor camp. In … Read More

by Samir Ahmed

Prototyping at civilla

I came to civilla not knowing all that much about the organization, besides hearing whispers from friends/classmates who have been there and shared back that there is magic in Detroit and that time at civilla can be life-course-altering. NBD. On my first day, I arrived slightly late and blurry eyed after a very delayed 3am … Read More

by Lan Nguyen

Dear Future Experiencer

Dear Future Experiencer, Here we cross paths on this journey. You are heading into the uncharted wilderness, and I am on the path home. As a fellow experiencer, I wanted to impart a few pieces of advice on the terrain ahead. I cannot give you my map because the path I took is no longer … Read More

by Derek Kessinger

The Common Thread

Two weeks ago, I was working on a project to help me reflect on my past two terms and plan for the third. I found myself struggling to find a common thread between them. I felt stuck and I couldn’t seem to make sense of it. It was hard to focus and I felt like … Read More

by Morgan Bortz

What’s your Unique Value Proposition?

What’s your unique value proposition? These words were displayed brightly on a white wall. My mind was spinning. The past three days at Meetup 3 had been a deep dive into exploring what my Ei year was shaping up to be and where I might head after it was over. I didn’t have an answer … Read More

by Kali Lewis

Believe in Wandering

You are a wanderer: an apprentice of the unknown and the undiscovered. You walk with purpose through the fog, through a mission continuously fine-tuned. You leave behind the hopes and expectations of well-meaning, misguided wisdom. Your head-first plunge inward hitches a ride with your galactic travels outward. Your journey from the tip of your toes … Read More

by Jake Jones

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A letter to food

Dear Food, I can’t remember when we met, but it feels like you’ve always been a part of my life. I have very few memories of you from when I was young… I remember carrying cloves of garlic around in my pocket, microwaving eggs as an “experiment”, or getting my hair caught in the blender. … Read More

by Michelle Krasny

The Error in Justifying your Work

Harvey began telling me what I should be doing with my life. I had known the guy less than five minutes and now he lectured me about how my mistaken approach. My attendance at this mixer was to support a friend, but seemed like another place where I needed to justify myself. Harvey (not his … Read More

by Derek Kessinger

Think ashram meets start-up accelerator

“We must therefore rediscover, after the natural world, the social world, not as an object or sum of objects, but as a permanent field or dimension of existence.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception If you choose to entertain the vantage point that everything is connected, literally everything, it can lead to the idea that … Read More

by Gareth Gwyn

How will you survive Experience Institute?

I can hear the concern when people ask me questions about Experience Institute. I understand why people worry how my year is going to turn out. They’re concerned about me being safe and finding a place to stay. They picture my path becoming derailed or people taking advantage of me. They cannot imagine surviving a … Read More

by Derek Kessinger

Back in Chicago as a design researcher

For those who read my last post, you know I was on the hunt for an apprenticeship for Term 2. Much to my (and my mom’s and dad’s) relief, I have started with Conifer Research in Chicago as a Design Researcher! I had a running start last Wednesday, March 9th. I came into the office … Read More

by Kali Lewis
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