The Amazing Humans at Experience House
What happens when leaders in experience design–facilitators, event producers, technologists, musicians, and more– unite under one roof? 2 weeks in, we’re starting to find out. So far, Experience House is off to great start. Needless to say, the group we’ve assembled has fallen into a groove that’s collaborative, supportive, inspiring, and overall full of love. “It’s not everyday your life is immediately injected with 20 new friends”. Says Max Stossel.
At our base, the group could not have more synergy. Pulling in experts from multiple industries has exposed us to thoughts and ideas that we may never have come across on their own. Our days are packed with programming that give us opportunities to learn from each other with out the stuffiness of conventions or workshops. It’s part yoga retreat, part mastermind intensive, part community living. The hardest question we’ve faced thus far, is what happens afterwards? With such strong connections, we only hope this little tribe will continue on, and reunite with us in the future.
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The Experience House Community.
Kelsea Crawford | Cofounder CEO, Cutwork | Entrepreneur | Potter/Poet/Meditation Bum
Kelsea Crawford is an American/British human being living in Paris since 2014. She is passionate about sharing, cultivating space and beauty in the everyday, and making things with her hands. Her life in Europe began as a food and travel writer with a nomadic year spent wandering, cooking, and learning French before cofounding Cutwork, an award-winning architecture and design studio specialized in building new ways to live and work.
Kelsea gave a TEDx on ‘The Future of Shared Architecture’ with her cofounder Antonin Yuji Maeno and was nominated for ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’ in 2017. Cutwork has been named in the Top-30 Cleantech companies in Europe and won the FRAME Award for Societal Innovation of the Year 2020 for their breakout coliving project in Paris. Kelsea is currently the French Ambassador of Co-Liv, the largest global association of coliving professionals.
She is an active volunteer and student of the Western School of Mindfulness Meditation and has a daily practice of meditation, participating in retreats and seminars a few times per year. Every Saturday she shares a space in the ceramics studio of Yoshimi Futamura, where she makes bowls, plates, and other tableware. Here, she’s found a home in the diverse community of Parisian/Japanese potters where each work session begins gathered around a table sharing good food and tea.
Pablo A. Fernandez | Founder Of Secret Table
Pablo A. Fernandez is the founder of Secret Table – a company that offers live experience design, consulting services, and connection facilitation for leaders, entrepreneurs, and high-performing community changemakers that want to make a positive impact in the world.
Pablo is a prominent community leader in the movement towards a more connected and collaborative future through live experiences. He believes that it is through a deep, intentional, and facilitated connection that we create lasting relationships and make exponential strides towards a more meaningful and successful future.
Max Stossel | Poet | Filmmaker | Speaker
Max Stossel is an Award winning poet, filmmaker and speaker, named by Forbes as one of the best storytellers of the year. His one-man show “Words That Move” is currently selling out theaters all over NYC and is beginning to tour in select locations. Spanning across five continents, from Lincoln Center in NY to the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Max’s performances have been described as mind-expanding, profound, and hilarious all at once. His work has been translated to fourteen languages, won multiple film festivals, and has been viewed over 20 million times online.
Anya Sapozhnikova | Founder House Of Yes | Event Producer | Artist
From July of 2008 to August 2013, Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke ran a circus theatre and creative event space in East Williamsburg Brooklyn called the House of Yes, hosting aerial classes, creative events and circus theatre. Although the original space was lost to rising rent, House of Yes did not lose its passion and dedication to making amazing performance for amazing audiences.
The current location of House of Yes was opened by House of Yes co-founders Anya + Kae, in partnership with their new collaborators Justin Ahiyon and Ilan Telmont. The space was designed as a temple of expression, and forms the creative base of House of Yes operations – which now extend far outside Bushwick. New Orleans, Miami, Los Angeles, Tennessee, London have all tasted our magic – stay tuned to see where we pop-up next!
Gui Perdrix | Coliving Expert | Founder Art Of Co | Author & DJ
Gui is a coliving expert, experience creator and human systems thinker. After running a nomadic coliving brand, he visited 100+ coliving spaces to understand how to create lie-enhancing human experiences at scale. He currently serves as director of Co-Liv, the global association fo coliving professionals, and is about to publish his book, Art of Coliving. With his personal brand, Art of Co, he explores and writes about the intersection between coliving, community and connection. Gui is also known as DJ Achilles, hosts the Virtual eXstatic Dance, has been a minimalist nomad for 4 years and tends to travel with his harp when the airline company doesn’t stop him.
Charlotte Terrien | Experience Designer | Community Builder
Charlotte Terrien is a trained experience designer with a background in building communities and organizing milestone events around the world, she is passionate about nurturing individual and collective growth through transformative humane experiences. After her Service Design degree at Savannah College of Art and Design, she explored how to implement Design Thinking methodologies into an agency setting as well as a large corporation. With these organizations and as a freelancer, she worked with a range of international clients from Audi, to Estee Lauder, Levi’s, Nike, and Visa. Most recently, she oversaw non-academic programs for upperclassmen and alumni of new university Minerva (minerva.kgi.edu) – helping them to understand local culture, learn from professionals in the city and connect as a community. She also led the development of their first virtual Graduation in response to COVID-19.
Jonny Miller | Podcaster | Coach | TEDx Speaker
Johnny Miller is the Host of the Curious Humans Podcast and Coaches founders to scale themselves. A TEDx Ubud Speaker on The Gifts of Grief, Jonny works with leaders to help them ask better questions. He writes a Substack newsletter for fellow ‘Curious Humans’ and facilitates Emotional Resilience Masterclasses with Studio D. Jonny is currently researching a book called ‘How to Human’ (publish date 2022).
Damian Madray | Designer | Founder Of PRESENCE
Damian is a design thinker and creative supporting the integrity and development of the experience economy. He founded PRESENCE to help creators to bring people into experiences that connect in meaningful ways. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Bold Italics, Huffington Post, Slate, WSJ & Financial Times. He also led experience design for EQ’s “PLANET HOME”, an environmental solutions summit bringing together 10,000 attendees alongside thought leaders and artists from around the world to sustainably solve global challenges.
Kelly Wilde | Trauma Coach | Personal Discovery Mentor
Kelly Wilde is spending 2021 reinventing herself as a storyteller and multi-modality artist after reconnecting with the true desires of her soul. She has spent the bulk of her professional life working in travel marketing & PR, event management, startups and coaching. She also lived a double life as an exotic dancer for high-end bachelor parties, where she became fascinated with human psychology and the power of ‘telling the truth.’ In 2021, she will be reinventing her online presence, creating a narrative audio storytelling piece and practicing her newfound loves of percussion and singing. She also does voiceover work for commercials & books. Kelly is passionate about inner work, the power of intimate relationships, and mining the darkness in order to find our infinite light. She’s been a trained dancer for 20 years and is an NLP practitioner, which led her to create Manifest Dance, a combo of free-flow movement and visualization meditation. She’d like to talk to you about outdoor adventure, living sustainably, and anything related to self-expression and being a full-spectrum ridiculous human.
Sandra Abrouk | Human Experience Creator
Sandra is an experience creator, autodidact and life adventurer. Her mission is to create unforgettable human experiences, which she does for herself and others, mostly in the digital field through user experience design and physical sphere through coliving and hospitality. She currently serves as Head of UX Design at Co-Liv, the global association of coliving professionals, and is working on her own coliving project, while being a nomad in between Central America, South-East Asia and Europe. She also loves scuba diving, being weird and eating plancton from time to time.
Valeria Milan | Event Manager | Co-Founder Brilla Mexico
Valeria Milan is an experience creator, event manager and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Brilla Mexico, an NGO that educates people on polluting habits with the aim to create environmental consciousness and work towards a cleaner world. Currently, she is developing a new brand of Real Estate within her family company, Invest, targeting the residential sector. She leads a team that renovates residential properties and is working to integrate technology in order to increase revenues and optimize the operations by leveraging each asset’s strengths. Valeria has an active participation on the board of Le Pain Quotidien to improve client experience, hospitality and the latest culinary trends as well as works on developing social events for YPO Mexico City, including the F1 Grand Prix event. In her free time, you can find her baking, working out and traveling around the globe.
Anubhav Kandpal | Chef
Co-founder of Conscious Kitchen The Hague and Soil and Sun kitchen. I’m passionate about cuisine, people and helping the transition to a more sustainable society. Growing up, I had an affinity for delicious food and the intricacies of flavours that it offers. As a self-taught chef and I like exploring the diversity of food philosophies, which have played a dominant role in my growth as a chef. I’ve found it increasingly important to find out where my food comes from and how it is grown. I also believe that food has a communal element and is a common ground we all share.
Nour Tohme | Designer | Illustrator
Nour is an illustrator, designer and entrepreneur. She created Draw Me a Song, an award-winning art project exploring the fusion between music and visual arts, and has worked with JWT, Ogilvy, Mercedes and the UN Development Program. She is art director for Presence, an operational tool for designers of experiences that facilitate human connection. She has been living nomadically since 2016, traveling while working as an independent illustrator and designer, and working with nonprofits and social/environmental initiatives. She is passionate about using art and creativity as a tool for social change.
Melissa Valder | Creative Director | Copywriter
Melissa Valder, the founder of Literary Legacy, is a Creative Director and copywriting specialist. Literary Legacy is a company that produces memoir-style legacy pieces for thriving business leaders, visionaries, and against-the-grain changemakers. As a Creative Director and senior copywriter, Melissa is passionate about crystallizing brand messages, scaling positive impact, communicating solutions, and uplifting the voices of purpose-driven leaders.
Former Member Services Manager for LA Fitness International and Director of Operations for Secret Table, Melissa is an expert in effective management strategies and communicating the gap between problem and solution, especially in the areas of health, fitness, leadership, business growth, and community.
Today, Melissa works with a small group of clients who align with her values and share her passion to support consumers with effective, high-quality, and impactful services and products. When the creative wheels need a rest, Melissa can be found walking on beach, dancing cliffside, traveling, gardening, or sipping mint tea while reading a good book.
Alex Olshonsky | Writer | Coach | Tech Exec | Community Builder
Alex Olshonsky, AKA “Olo,” is a tech exec turned writer and coach. He writes the popular “Fridays on the oLo” newsletter exploring consciousness, philosophy, addiction, and jedi mind tricks. After over a decade scaling some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies, he now Coaches executives on how to transform their lives. Alex is the founder of a digital community that focuses on deepening collective understanding through group dialogue. He’s also a yoga instructor, men’s retreat host, student of South American shamanic lineages, and lover of tea. Alex is passionate about leveraging the intersection of nature, technology, and human connection for social change.
Reem Haddad | Event And Festival Producer | Curious Soul
Reem Haddad’s most recent adventure took her to the jungles of Costa Rica during winter months, as a key member of the production crew for the Envision Festival—a world-renowned event that unites individuals through art, yoga, music, self-expression, and regenerative strategies. For the other half of the year Reem, was spent her summers in Berlin, producing Tech Open Air, a conference and festival that celebrates a fusion of tech, design, art and music.
After eight globetrotting years, Reem decided to settle in Mexico, and now joyfully splits her time between the capital and little towns on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca State. Since the beginning of the pandemic, she has been serving her communities by sharing her spiritual practices and healing modalities, such as yoga and meditation, and is presently establishing a sanctuary and place of refuge which will allow people to express, heal, connect and surrender.
Reem is dedicated to holding space for all to embrace their authenticity and freedom, and the suppressed Arab community is the one closest to her heart. She believes that we can all learn to perceive existence through a different, clearer lens through journeys within, spirituality, and yoga.
Sam Kern | Podcast Producer | Software Developer | Coliving Experience Creator
Sam is the host and producer of the Radically Different Podcast, TEDx speaker, experience designer, and world traveler passionate about leveraging technology and live events to foster deep human connection. He has a diverse background as a startup founder, event producer, filmmaker, and technologist. Beyond the world of podcasts and software development frameworks, he geeks out on experience design, community building, interactive technology, hosting dinner parties, deep conversations, and asking better questions.
Raul Espinoza | Photographer | Filmmaker
Raul Espinoza is a photographer, filmmaker, marketing consultant, and personal development coach who’s work has been featured in Nat Geo, the New York Times, The Sun, and more. Raul is a global traveler who supports organizations in developing countries around the world – including places like Iraq, the Favelas of Brazil, Senegal, and India. He teaches latin dance, speaks multiple languages, and has been known to engage in break dance battles.
Matt Young | Founder Of Nomadic6
And then there’s me, Matt Young, a visionary soul looking to build spaces for communities to come together. Launching in Koh Phangan, Thailand, N6 I opened 2 cospaces- a fusion of coliving, coworking and community events for long and short term travelers alike. N6 strives to bring remote workers, nomads, and local communities together for new forms of collaboration in every corner of the globe.
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Peace and love ya’ll