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

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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Think. Design. Make: The Forge

This fall I worked as a physical storyteller at Civilla, an IDEO-type design firm in Detroit, MI. In my role I was a builder of sorts, taking design insights from our various projects and making them into experiential installations and objects. I traveled all over the city – from hardware stores to maker-spaces, theaters to … Read More

by Claire Jencks

Michelle eats world

For almost 4 years, I lived in rural Southern Vermont. There, I had the unexpected pleasures of being able to grow my own food and of having friends who owned small farms. It was easy to make my husband a plate of pasta and know that the tomatoes and basil were from my garden, that … Read More

by Michelle Krasny

Symbols of strength

Five months ago, I left familiarity to chase curiosity. To test my definition of home and follow new conversations. To see if I could find pieces of myself scattered elsewhere. Anywhere, if I looked hard enough. I thought that this was the scariest decision of my life. I thought it was the choice that would shape my … Read More

by Kacie McGeary

Leap Kits | Almost there!

Hey Leapers! It’s been a full two weeks around the Ei shop! Here’s the skinny: SHIPPING SOON We’d hoped to ship the final Leap Kits by today, but after seeing our first batches, we caught a few errors and decided to make a couple of perfectionist tweaks to make sure everything is just right (ie: … Read More

Victor Saad

Portugal, I’m a jester.

I spent the fall in Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated cities in the entire world. Now, I’m in Aveiro, Portugal: a city less than 77 sq. miles in area that looks like a ghost town when students go to their homes in neighboring cities on the weekend. My role has transformed from … Read More

by Samir Ahmed

Check Your Story’s Focus or Lose Your Audience

An author’s greatest asset is the ability to shape what details the audience can see. This insight came to me during a talk by Experience Institute all-star photographer Kevin Von Qualen. Kevin showed my class how a great photo really comes down to choosing your focus. A creator, in any art form, must decide what … Read More

by Derek Kessinger
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