Today we were incredibly honored to have a visit from John Maeda. It’s not everyday that you arrive at the office with a fully prepared Japanese breakfast and have an engaging morning conversation with John Maeda.
How did this happen? Well, when the infamous John Jay lectured at RISD, he was fortunate enough to have John Maeda make him breakfast. So when we heard John Maeda was in town to speak at a sold out lecture, we wanted to return the favor by inviting John Maeda over for breakfast at our office.
With less than 24 hours notice everyone jumped for joy and after the ecstasy, went grocery shopping to prepare a special menu. A few of us came in at 8am (which NEVER happens) to cook all the food for Mr. Maeda’s breakfast, which was inspired by “Law 5 – Differences : Simplicity and Complexity need each other” from his book “The Laws of Simplicity”. So we created a Japanese menu of food that is SIMPLE but also COMPLEX. What we learned is that we are more then capable of opening a restaurant with the W+K Tokyo cooking club of about 9 people helping this morning. Perhaps W+K Tokyo Lab will now venture into gastronomy as one of its expressions.
In the hour that John Maeda spent with us, he shared his experience thus far as President of RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), which he says is great because he can sign off on whatever he wants and also invent things like micro degrees. Anyone want to major in Twitter?
He mostly enlightened us about the art of “reinventing” one’s self at a time where creativity is playing a greater role in how we can evolve in order to help the world change and grow.
Arigatou! John Maeda for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. What a way to start a Friday morning off!
Also, big thanks to everyone who helped organize this, and especially to our dear leader, John Jay, for making this happen.