Highlights From Sense Supper Club BCN

This week we hit Barcelona to launch Sense Supper Club. Continuing our mission to generate more creative collaboration around the globe, we took a fresh approach to deconstructing creativity using food.

Sense Supper Club Barcelona

Eight intriguing creatives gathered in the Gallery at Studio Store. Each guest brought along a raw ingredient representing their role in the creative process.

Sense Supper Club Barcelona

Guests discussed the relationship of their ingredient to creativity. Rice provided the foundational quality, garlic infused potent flavour throughout the dish. Lemon? The citrus kick needed by every creative at some point.

Sense Supper Club Barcelona

Illustrator, Rémi Cans, sketched throughout the evening providing live narration of the creative process in action.

Sense Supper Club Barcelona

Sense Supper Club Barcelona

The next Sense Supper Club commences Thursday 29th June in London. Watch this space!

Feeling out of the loop? Get in touch with rebecca.dowell@senseworldwide.com to find out about the network, our initiatives or to propose a collaboration.

Featured Senser: Meet Sina From Berlin

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The Sense Network is our global community of smart and articulate individuals that share their collective wisdom to help make things better and make better things. The Sensers (as we call them) are our eyes and ears on the ground, always scouting out the latest trends, able to bring fresh views when collaborating on projects. Every couple of weeks we have a new ‘Featured Senser’ which is our way of showcasing some of the high calibre members with unique interests and passions. This week we’ve been catching up with Sina from Berlin.

Hey Sina, please tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi! I’m Sina, a Senser in Berlin, the ever changing capital of Germany. I like to be involved in different projects of all kinds. At the moment there are 4 main things I’m working on:

1. I am introducing the concept of Human Resources to Blinkist, a start-up company based in Berlin. They have successfully emerged from the “Hey I’ve got a cool Idea let’s try it out” – phase and are transforming into a proper business, with a substantial amount of employees. I – as their first employee in this field – am helping them professionalize their structure.

2. I am still involved in psychological research with my former University, working on publishing articles with my colleagues there.

3. I built a personal website where I give online tuition (http://psychologie-aufnahmetest.de) for those preparing for entrance examinations.

4. Even though I tuned it down a bit, I still organise some events and work as a DJ here and there.

What do you find most inspiring about your city? And what would you recommend a visitor should see or do?
I’ll try to bring up a point that you have not heard already, as Berlin is a hot topic in small-talk all around the globe. One thing that separates Berlin from other hip cities like Barcelona / London / New York etc. is it’s unique relation to space. In the beginning of the 20th century, Berlin was meant to hold a maximum of 6 million people. Because of the second world war and it’s isolation during the cold war, Berlin now actually holds less inhabitants than it was built to accommodate! This is absolutely unique. Despite the huge growth in numbers during the large decades, this fact leads to Berlin still holding open spaces, unused territories and (comparatively) low rents. In my opinion, this single fact is responsible for creating the room for opportunity, flexibility, craziness and venture that made Berlin what it is today. In Berlin, you can find an unused room somewhere for a really low rent, set up some tables and call it a Club. It might work, it might fail, but there’s not much to lose, you don’t need to invest much. This drives innovation.

Are there any trends, cultural shifts or movements emerging in Berlin right now that really excite you?
The Berlin start-up scene is very vibrant in Berlin, I am particularly interested in how this sector develops. Will the next European Facebook / Google / Twitter emerge here?

What do you think the major changes in Berlin will be in the next 5 years?
The biggest challenge is coping with all the people moving into the city. Will Berlin become a void, colourless, mainstream and student-oriented place or will it keep it’s quirky and very diverse identity?

Which brand would you most like to have an influence on and how would you like them to change?
Probably the FIFA and UEFA. Ever since I read “how they stole the game” (I have some substantial criticism with the book itself too) I developed a deep disgust with these organisations and if I could choose, I would transform them. They have no interest at all in change though. Speaking of product-based brands: I’d kind of like to change the way almost any given traditional company (as in companies that exist for more than 10 years) speaks to their sub-30 year old customers. They have a horrible, horrible intuition of how to communicate with them.

If you could improve just one thing in the world what would it be?
Transparency where it is appropriate. In private, in public, in economics. In the right places, it’s the antidote to a lot of problems.

Featured Senser: Meet Suki From Mumbai

Suki From Mumbai Sense Network

Suki From Mumbai Sense Network

The Sense Network is our global community of smart and articulate individuals that share their collective wisdom to help make things better and make better things. The Sensers (as we call them) are our eyes and ears on the ground, always scouting out the latest trends, able to bring fresh views when collaborating on projects. Every couple of weeks we have a new ‘Featured Senser’ which is our way of showcasing some of the high calibre members with unique interests and passions. This week we’ve been catching up with Suki from Mumbai. 

Hi Suki, please tell us a bit about yourself…

I am super family oriented, a very proud, British Punjabi living in the heart of Bollywood in Mumbai. This year I started telling people that I am a farmer – they look at me as if to say ‘you don’t look like a farmer’ to which I laugh because I believe that in some way we all are. To put it simply I plant seeds and watch them grow, nurture and nourish.

What do you find most inspiring about your city? And what would you recommend that a visitor to Mumbai should see or do while they’re there?

I am most inspired by people in the City of Mumbai because they are true survivors of what is quite a hard place to be in. There is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape. Imagine 20 million dreams combusted in one hotspot. The energy is fierce. Mumbai is called the ‘City of dreams’ for a reason. I recommend people visit the Dhobi Ghat (the open air laundry) for a visual perspective of operations in Mumbai and how it is the ‘make it happen’ city, you don’t need to go on an inside tour, just take a look from the bridge and have a photo moment.

Photo of ‘Dhobi Ghat’ taken by Suki Dusanj
Photo of ‘Dhobi Ghat’ taken by Suki Dusanj

A must is to experience Juhu beach at sunset, go for a walk around that area. Go see some live music in the city, there is everything from Sufi, Bollywood and an incredible Indie scene, visit the Mehboob studios for a live event if there is something on and if you’re lucky maybe even stumble across a bollywood film shoot. For that luxury feeling a must is a tea at the Taj Hotel, Sea Lounge in Colaba. You have to take a dirty yellow and black cab or ‘auto’ ride at some point, they are surreal.

Photo of an ‘Auto’ thanks to Suki Dusanj
Photo of an ‘Auto’ thanks to Suki Dusanj

Are there any trends, cultural shifts or movements emerging in Mumbai right now that really excite you?

I am most inspired by people in the City of Mumbai because they are true survivors of what is quite a hard place to be in. There is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape. Imagine 20 million dreams combusted in one hotspot. The energy is fierce. Mumbai is called the ‘City of dreams’ for a reason. I recommend people visit the Dhobi Ghat (the open air laundry) for a visual perspective of operations in Mumbai and how it is the ‘make it happen’ city, you don’t need to go on an inside tour, just take a look from the bridge and have a photo moment.

Tell us a bit about your experience of being involved in a Sense Worldwide project. 

I was a cultural reporter for Nike on behalf of Sense Worldwide. This was like a dream job for me for I got to talk about experiences that I was having around the City. I am always sharing information with people so what better way to do it than reporting in an official capacity. I presented some innovative events and experiences that were happening in the city and I was armed with a very talented videographer.

To read Suki’s full interview visit The Sense Network. You can also see our previous Featured Senser, Carla from Rio here. Want to be our next featured senser? Sign up to The Sense Network and tell us all about yourself.