With christmas just around the corner, we thought it might be time for some reflection. Time tends to pass by quickly when you are trying to ‘live out loud’, to paraphrase Émile Zola. Our 'loudness' has involved speaking about elastic minds in New York City and curating Zen-inspired exhibitions in Ahmedabad, India. We have written a museum manual, trained the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Design Thinking and produced a new television show. But let's start at the beginning. We stood before the premiere of our first Thought Salon at Fotografiska - the Museum of Photography, a collaboration that would be much larger and more extensive than we would have ever guessed.
2016 began with the largest and most comprehensive case in the Tankeapoteket history. Fotografiska - The Museum of Photography, were about to expand on a global scale and needed our help to consolidate, analyze and record what constitutes their organizational culture - from the most concrete (how coffee is brewed and exhibitions created) to the most abstract (the values that guide behavior and why they do what they do).
We switched gears, became cultural anthropologists and began a year of interviews, observations, writing, thinking and more writing.