It seems appropriate to write this on a day I'm with some 'others'. I've spent the day working at the offices of Nixon McInnes, a company I've known for years but had very little involvement with. Over the past few months I've had lots of discussions with Max and some with Charlie about some exciting changes and developments at NM, changes that made me feel like they could become some important others. We'd been talking about ways we could work together and they suggested a good way to start would be for me to spend some time with them, working in their space. You can see the corner of their office I have turned into a These Atoms outpost, and it's been a pleasure to be in the space for the day. I have had my head down though, working on Beyond Work, dissecting a 90 minute interview to make a plan for photographing someone next week. That's my post it note explosion on the wall. I've lifted my head a few times and had a few conversations, and it's reminded me of the good things about being in a space with others. I like being quizzed about what I'm doing, it challenges me and helps me get my head around things. I like the chitter chatter of the space, it's not a distraction, it's more like the sound of a distant train or rain, it's actually quite relaxing. I'm looking forward to what this Nixon McInnes x These Atoms collision could turn into.
It's a simple, lite These Atoms experiment in "finding the others", words Justin said at the Do Lectures. His thing, Somewhere, is another attempt at helping people find others, a much needed antidote to linkedin's 'throw enough shit at the wall and some of it will stick' mentality. I will end with their description, which I love and connects with lot's of my things right now: