15 September 2013

Who we are & Why we do nothing

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40daysofdoingnothing is the documentation of an experiment testing the hypothesis that idleness can be inspirational, beneficial and constructive. We are two male guinea pigs, white, straight (even though sexual orientation does not matter at all here), about 15 years apart in age and with 15+ history of friendship.

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An ex-brain scientist who turned into an artist entrepreneur and tech shaman who loves interactive storytelling and personal transformation. Co-founder of ADN – Association of Diversification and Novelty, an international non-profit for innovation research funding 40 Days Of Doing Nothing.
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An ex-health scientist who turned into a leadership and innovation coach who loves fishing extraordinary humans and unusual processes of personal development. Co-founder of ADN – Association of Diversification and Novelty, an international non-profit for innovation research funding 40 Days Of Doing Nothing.

This project was inspired by fortydaysofdating, the experiment of Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman where they as best friends explored dating each other publicly for 40 days this year. 40daysofdoingnothing is conceived as a serious, but also ironic counterpoint and homage to all the things you can do and try to solve and evolve past and show to the world – including their nicely designed attempt to make a relationship work. Our outset is simple: Maybe doing nothing is the better thing to do.

We committed our time to proudly research the benefits of idleness on creativity and well-being and to respect and stick to the following principles in the course of 40days, no matter what:

  • At least 10min of DN each day, simply a quarter of work-time, optimal 2h of 8h of work

  • Writing a report and answering a questionaire each day

  • Regular check-ins every 4 days per skype

  • Doing a body health and mental health check before and afterwards

  • Doing DN at least one time together

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