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Julia: One of the questions that I get asked quite a bit is how do you know this person? How do you know her? How do you know him? And the next question inevitably is that: what do you guys talk about? And I think that that was the reason that I get asked that question quite a bit is because the connection, the relationship, the people that I know seems very random.
Hip-hop artist street artist, Pritzker Award architect, museum executive director, world class designers. So a lot of people are not quite sure why I would know those people. And today, This is actually our 12th year of doing something like this. And this is—the reason that we did this is that we thought that it would be interesting to have luminaries, geniuses, mavericks, creators, disrupters eccentrics—some people might call “crazy people”—nonconformist or just plain curious minds like mine and yours and put them in one room and see what kind of connections and what kind of communication starts to share their experiences and viewpoints. So while we’re not really audacious enough to say, “hey, let’s just throw all of these people in one room and see what happens.” What we are trying to do today is to throw curveballs at you guys because we all know that predictability stifles creativity and we really do not want to stifle creativity, and we are very aware that there are a lot of other conferences, workshops that you could learn stuff and acquire knowledge.
But I’d like to really suggest that you go throughout the day not thinking that you’re going to learn something or to acquire knowledge, but to make connections—connections with people, connections with ideas, connections with point of views. Connections with anything that you see: food, clothing, and just keep an open mind about what you can experience today. “Ichi-go, ichi-e.“ Is a term used in tea ceremonies. And if you Google it, which is what I did, it means that “every encounter is ephemeral and fleeting.” Which is true but. In all honesty, “ichi-go, ichi-e.” means that all the encounters and all the experiences you make at that moment, you will never be able to reenact that again. You might meet the same people. You might have the same conversation. You might even talk about the same topic. You might come to the same place, but ichi-go, ichi-e means that you will never be able to experience that moment that you made that connection. So what I would like to say is that, please, cherish the ichi-go, ichi-e today. Make that connection and I hope that I could make a connection with you as well.