Dine With Design

Work lunches usually connote a spread of mediocre sandwiches or an underwhelming salad. But what if every once in a while, these lunches looked like a gathering of people from a range of fields and positions, converging over a meal and dynamic conversation. Sounds pretty good, right?

Well last week, Man Made Music hosted our first Dine with Design lunch in conjunction with an event we were hosting that evening with Columbia’s Digital Storytelling Lab around Sonic Humanism, the role of sound to make our lives richer and simpler, with experts bringing unique perspectives from the health care, design and urban planning fields.

The lunch brought together a unique mix of clients, partners, and friends from different industries, cities, roles and experiences. The conversation was lively. The topics ranged from cross-country moves, to sound that make us cover our ears, to favorite ways to spend our free time, to the sound we use to make our experiences more pleasant. At the end of lunch we all left feeling inspired, connected, freshly aware of the world around us and looking forward to the next lunch. We also left with our next years’ worth of reading. Take a look if you’re interested in something recommended by our reinvented power-luncher:

• If you want to find your inner zen: Ten Percent Happier by Dan Harris
• If you want to cry on a plane: The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
• If you want to cry on another plane: The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah
• If you need some extreme exercise motivation: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
• If you’re one of those people that won’t see a movie before reading the book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
• If you want to temporarily escape today’s disorder: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
• If you want to reset your moral compass: Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan and Jan Berenstain
• If you want to read about someone who needs their moral compass reset: Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
• If you love juicy music rivalries: Your Favorite Band is Killing Me by Steven Hyden
• If you’re interested in how one manuscript changed the course of human thought: The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt
• If you didn’t find your inner zen from the first book: Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yoganada
• If you’re exhausted by miscommunication: No One Understands You and What to Do About It by Heidi Grant Halvorson
• If you can’t put your finger on what it means to be human: The Most Human Human by Brian Christian
• If you want to understand how digital media is changing storytelling: The Art of Immersion by Frank Rose
• If you’re curious about a partnership that started a scientific revolution: The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis
• If you want to know the truth and lies on why we buy: Buyology by Martin Lindstrom
• If you want a playbook for creative thinking: Design is Storytelling by Ellen Lupton
• If all the sudden you’re feeling fond of the big apple in this nice weather: City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York by Tyler Anbinder