Komuhn

Collaboration is not about gluing together existing egos. It's about the ideas that never existed until after everyone entered the room.

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Fluency in care

Thriving organizations through empathy

How we build capacity for care within our communities, organizations, teams, has a critical effect on how much we can participate, accomplish, and invest in.

In this proposal, we are exploring ways towards more sustainable collaborations by understanding the value of being together.

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Recent posts

From resistance to curiosity

From resistance to curiosity

Ana Varela

How to make use of a public space to welcome involvement, experimentation, and open bridges between generations. *This piece was originally written for RUA+ — a participatory design exercise promoting the autonomy of the inhabitants…

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#partycipation

Dia da Abóbora – The party made by those who come

Pedro Reis

What influence does a neighborhood party have on the sense of autonomy of a community? When we make a party in the streets of our neighborhood, we spend more time in it, we clean it,…

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Fluency in care

Thriving organizations through empathy

Komuhn

Within many types of organizations - care - is often seen as something important, still, there’s this uncertainty about its impact or how to put it into practice.

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Influencing future

Making a case for activism by participation.

Komuhn

Some of us are struggling with the Future. The thing with the Future is that sometimes (a lot of the time), the word future is associated with growth. And growth, while inevitable, isn’t something we…

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I’m a WIP

Ana Varela

Don’t most humans struggle, every day, with the temptation of keeping going, pushing onwards, brushing off things lightly, for a person shall be strong, never shaken, unbothered?

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Everything everywhere all at once or distributed teams that distribute

Pedro Reis

You may have heard about distributing equity or delegating tasks but here I’m more interested in things like power, and roles, and capacity.

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A room of one's own, Virginia Woolf (1929)

Money, design and freedom to think of things in themselves.

Andréa Adão

This is a proposal for us to rethink the concept of money, first as individuals, as a team, as a design team, as a community, and who knows, as an economic system.

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Committing to communication

Riikka Virtanen

Are you eager to share with others what you do or what you have been learning and to have meaningful conversations but feel let down and overstimulated by the fast-consumption communication we all scroll through on social media? 

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Cycle

How is your cycle?

Pedro Reis

One month feels too short for our current rhythm.

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it’s OK…to care

Riikka Virtanen

We have distanced ourselves from other human beings. We’ve distanced ourselves from Caring.

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La Danse II, Henri Matisse, 1910

Design is a living experiment

Andréa Adão

We all have different ways to get through living. There’s no right or wrong in most of them, and whether we agree or not with some of them at first sight, there’s no way of skipping experience and acknowledging we have a role in it. As a team it all comes to syncing both our goals and our ways. It isn’t an easy task, needs a lot of jumping through a lot of hoops, so we better experiment as much as we can, making sure we’re grooving it.

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Gru hates writing

I hate writing! 

Vasco Amaral

Those who know me, know I hate having to write anything. For those who don't, I'll tell you. I hate writing. I HATE IT!

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How: designing a website

Ana Varela

A website that is done behind closed doors and then revealed all ready and “finished” goes in the opposite direction of everything we propose in our ways of working. This static product expires as soon as it’s done because we are not showing how it got done. All the things we explored and learned, all the tests and prototypes, all the things that got tossed or are in the list of things we would like to still do, all the feedback we didn’t get. Because it’s a case-closed instead of an open book.

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Outgrowing.

Pedro Reis

At Komuhn we asked ourselves what this would look like. We put ourselves on a path to understand and allow change, complexity, difference, nuance, polarity. We did it because we think that if we want to do better we can’t stop growing. We have to be able and willing to always be curious and kind and optimistic. And this brings change and lots of it. We have outgrown ourselves. 

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Jacks of all trades.
Masters of some.

We’re a multidisciplinary team working in the intersection of design, collaboration, and what-can-be.

Andréa is making a case for Rotulama a site-specific artwork experiment aiming to grasp gentrification’s impact on small local businesses and their neighborhoods. A joint-project with Super Eclectic.

Kako is organizing the next community meeting for RUA+, a participatory design exercise with the purpose of making the public spaces we inhabit more liveable and healthy.

Pedro is giving shape to our latest proposal — Fluency in care — an exploration of new and sometimes unexpected approaches, towards learning about what we need to be able to work well together.

Riikka is facilitating the conversations within a group of scientists that want to become a team and understand how they can take advantage of their capacities to create self-sustainability.

Tita is laying out the content for Peniche — Treasure island, a book more than a book, a contribution towards this place, history, and community’s identity.

Dance like nobody is watching, collaborate like everyone is.

We work with organizations of all types across the world.

INECC Mindworks Smart Ocean RUA+ TEDx Peniche Open Knowledge Finland Largo Greenpeace Câmara Municipal de Peniche Docapesca Govint ISS - Instituto da Segurança Social Espaço Ó ESTM - IPL ESAD - IPL Kaospilot Reciclar para Aprender TWND SEAentia TGGP