Change is upon us. The future of work is unfolding in the present: People everywhere are... Disrupting. Expanding. Revolutionizing the definition of work. Greater choices mean: No more grey suits. No more mandatory staff meetings. No more cubicles. Work culture may be in the process of being redefined, but what does that look that? What happens when a group of people chooses to set out to sea, to work, travel and engage more intentionally with the world? Life happens...
In summary, what is your “Made on Coboat” project idea (max. 3 sentences)?
I hope to capture the essence of Coboating. An intimate (not a la Big Brother) portrait, in words and images, shooting and writing about 100days of big moments and minutiae of daily bits - and bytes - in the lives of a diverse group of individuals (a.k.a. digital nomads and entrepreneurs) who converge to plan, design, invent, create bigger ideas for the world.
How much of your project can you realistically achieve in 100 days if you will get the chance to stay on the Coboat?
The photography, and much of the writing, will take place in situ; over the course of the voyage. If Capturing Coboat evolves into a wider, long-term project, it may require further photography of the subjects when they continue onward or have returned home. Writing will continue for up to 6 months afterwards. Compilation of the photo essay may be expanded into other writing assignments, websites, etc.
Will you complete this project on your own, or will you be working with a together with a team?
I envision it as a solo project – with the consent and participation of each of the other passengers, of course - while I'm on board Coboat. However, I'm always open to collaboration if and when such an option manifests.
Why should your project be chosen?
Capturing Coboat will tell the tale of a revolutionary experiment. This is not the future of work; it's happening NOW. Coworking spaces are already redefining the notion and parameters of work. Coboat cranks it up a notch, throwing caution – and dreary desk jobs - to the wind. I'm fascinated by the intersections between work, leisure, rest, play, food, sleep, etc. Where work might be mistaken for play. What does that look, sound and feel like?
What does this project mean to you?
It means that I enter the void, signing up for an adventure that has no real precedents. It means embarking on an odyssey whose inner workings and outcomes are virtually unknown – and unknowable. It means practicing patience, faith and hope; that the results – of Coboat's maiden voyage, as well as the team's successes, ups and downs – will be accurately, fairly and joyfully represented in my project.
Why do you want to do this project?
On a professional level, it's a perfect opportunity to combine my passions for writing and photography with an indefatigable penchant for observing / studying people as they engage in daily life. On a personal level, I hope to relay to others who live with an (invisible) disability that they should not impose artificial limitations on their adventurous spirit and pursuits. What's not to love about diving overboard and swimming EVERY day... sweet sea music and anti-gravity therapy for my body!
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The cover photo, as well as all others that I would use for the project, are mine. I invite you to peruse more images from my photography portfolio: https://www.flickr.com/photos/peripatete/albums