A few days ago, I took the elevator to the 17th floor of our office building.
When I walked into the lobby, I saw a group of people hugging, high-fiving, sharing bustling conversation. They were surrounded by bags and jackets strewn across tables and chairs. When a new, familiar face appeared, the entire group would erupt with welcoming greetings. It was a reunion of friends, travelers, colleagues, and family.
This is a usual scene for Ei Fellows returning to Chicago from their apprenticeships for our week-long meetups. And since this is the very last time they’ll be together before they finish their 12-month fellowship, the sense of camaraderie is more present than ever.
Over the past week, each Fellow has worked tirelessly on their final project – a 2-minute video that tells the story of their self designed-Masters. Throughout the week, a certain closeness has continued. Questions are thrown across the room and quickly answered. Meals are shared. Laughter is the common tool for breaking the sound of typing and clicking.
On Saturday, August 26th, this cohort will graduate by sharing those videos, along with a few brief talks about their experiences. We’ve also invited our friend and world-renowned designers and co-founder of Kickstarter, Charles Adler, to share a few final words. We’ll be hosting brunch, taking a few nostalgic photos in a quirky photobooth, playing games, and connecting with the other amazing people in the Ei Family.
All of this will be taking place from 10am-12pm, at Lost Arts in Chicago. There are a few tickets left and we would love to have you join us. bit.ly/eiexpo2017 (Use the code FRIENDS for a little surprise.)
Wherever you are today…
If you’re trying to build a deeper sense of community amongst your team, class, or friends, remember that you can’t rush it. Commit to completing something audacious, reflect on your progress intentionally, finish it boldly, and tell your stories with and for one another.
It’ll lead to your great lessons and memories.