By far the most rewarding experience of the residency has been the weekly calls. I've experienced this myself, and have seen positive feedback from many other residents, too.
For me, the rate at which I'm exposed to novel media and novel ideas is better than anything else. It's superior to Twitter and to Are.na because the feedback / references are tailored explicitly to you. There's a greater "ROI" so to speak, because an hour of time can result in multiple pages of notes. The network is real.
Once this ends, I'd like to experiment with different designs for the residency that are oriented around the weekly calls.
Multiple residents have requested more consistent groups, changing only every few weeks, or every month.
Simultaneously, other residents have expressed how much fun it has been to speak to new people each week.
It seems the main problem is the sense that speaking to new people forces you to communicate your project all over again, and that more consistent groups would enable deeper exploration of project's and their ideas.
Some ways around this might include:
"One of the things we spoke about, in relation to this residency, was how much we both got out of the process being both social and fun. Personally, I get so much out of conversations with others, so maybe what we want to make is some kind of framework for developing ideas with another person and in public."
A very tiny conference, both on- and offline, exploring the resonances and worldviews of influential interstitial thinkers. A self-directed, self-contained collaborative learning experience and experiment in sharing.
I will host a prototype event, or rather two of them — one online/distributed, one live/intimate — and compare the results, aiming to begin establishing patterns for future events. I'd like to collect some kind of external exhaust as well i.e. shareable learnings from the event(s).
Already in LG!