The human condition is ripe for exploration. We dive deep to address the fundamental and pressing issues of our time with leaders from across industries. Titles and professional associations are withheld—at first. Our approach is about leading with ideas, knowing the rest will fall into place. By turning the focus outward, we get to the heart of what's really driving us—and the world.
Founder & CEO, DIALOGUE
Marketing and Design Strategist, DIALOGUE
Every day in our own work, Gershoni Creative and DIALOGUE explore trends that affect our clients, our industry and our world. No Show takes this examination a step further, bridging industries and viewpoints to extract insights that are thoughtful, unique and real. Each guided conversation connects our guests with the ideas shaping and reshaping the way we experience the world.
Everyone has rituals, some more formalized than others. It’s these behaviors, however large or small, that create meaning for ourselves and our communities. No Show explores the place ritual holds in our lives and examines its impact on a changing world.
Purpose is a concept that is on the tip of our tongues and at the core of our existence. It can drive our greatest accomplishments or tether us to the status quo, but its influence over our lives is undeniable.
We spend our entire lives creating. From the moment we enter the world, the constructs we develop—both physical and abstract—express ourselves and define us in relation to one another. But what is the true nature of creation and how does it impact our lives in a changing world?
We gathered to understand how creation is influenced by the tools we have available, both in the physical sense and in our imaginative sphere. To spark cross-pollination for deep, meaningful insight, we curated a group of leaders—a clown, an educator, a filmmaker, designers, a molecular biologist, a color specialist—who create in a variety of different ways.
Creation, we agreed, satisfies an existential angst and arises from a desire to experiment. The freedom to be curious and the safety to make mistakes can bring out an unabashed, childlike wonder in creation. In acts of co-creation, we build new materials and construct novel experiences and products. Our social and built environments influence the possibilities we see, and thus how we create. What type of conditions do we hope to erect for the future of creation?
What attracts humans, and how does it impact the choices we make? A phenomenon that is both innate and highly manufactured, attraction is a unique pillar of the human experience.
How does attraction inform industries, and what are the core human elements of the experience? Bridging perspectives across professional and personal experiences, No Show brought together creative directors, user-experience experts, adult-film industry professionals, chocolatiers and astrologers to examine the meaning of attraction.
Parsing through moments as far back as infancy, we shared insights on how our attractions have been informed by family values, spiritual beliefs, cultural norms and social ecosystems.
As we connect with one another, we filter our expressions and desires, perhaps to attract a particular person or to generate belonging within a partnership. While many of our attractions are constructed from our surroundings, there are biological elements drawing our attention to particular smells, textures, shapes and symmetries. How do we know what we are truly attracted to?
Across industries, we saw how humans are attracted to that which confirms a vision of who we want to be. Our attraction is highly dependent on our changing environment, the context of our childhood, workplace and cultural norms. Yet we hold the power to shape the conditions of the future.
When do we know we belong? Beyond the sound bites and talking points that surround the notion of belonging lie deeper questions, ones that follow us into our homes, our communities and our workplaces. How do we foster a sense of belonging for others, where do we find it for ourselves, and why does it matter?
To cross-pollinate for new perspectives, No Show brought together hospitality brands, refugee rights leaders, user-experience experts, art innovators and social behavior specialists, exploring how our industries drive purpose and shape a sense of cohesion, kinship and safety.
We shared moments of exclusion that highlighted the desire to belong, dissecting the process of “othering” that is all-too-often coupled with group identity. We explored how a true sense of belonging is rooted in being understood, not fearing criticism and not having to edit our self-expression for the safety and security of those around us. Generating a sense of belonging for ourselves requires a combination of altruism and selfishness. For others, it means deliberately creating opportunities for connection. Once we develop bonds of connection across our differences, we lay the groundwork for belonging.
As the result of a rapidly growing population, shifts in agricultural processes, and a booming food and beverage industry, No Show visits the concept of nourishment and explores its impact on the human experience in a changing world.
We chose Nourishment for our inaugural No Show in order to spark introspection and innovation among food-industry leaders. We asked chefs, food brand CEOs, writers and entrepreneurs, “How can we recalibrate the experience of nourishment for the rapidly changing 21st century? How do we define nourishment today?”
Touching on issues of income disparity, changing agricultural practices and industry tendencies to indulge rather than feed, leaders in the food movement gathered to share personal stories and professional insights. Our conversation encouraged action by illuminating the threads of connectivity across the spectrum of our experiences, highlighting potential solutions to the challenges we all face in finding and generating true nourishment.
Building upon the success of our salon series, No Show will hold a symposium to explore the broader issues affecting the human condition. The event will feature leaders from across industries examining trends and exchanging, guided by No Show’s team of facilitators. Stay tuned for more details.
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