Session 3. Minimalism

Sponsor: O.M.

Signatories: K.V., A.G., S.M., M.Z., A.J., N.C.

Topic: Minimalism

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O.M.’s vision of minimalism

Expanding the borders of minimalism beyond the conventional perception of the term as aesthetics and anti-consumerism,

  1. States that minimalism is also a lifestyle, or way of life. The measure of success in practicing minimalism may be considered achieving happiness, but letting go all that has been dictated onto oneself without one knowing it.
  2. Recaps on the artistic history and social roots of minimalism, such as suprematism.
  3. Defines minimalism at home, as the focus point on family and human interaction. This is achieved through re-thinking traditional household items and re-arranging the space to create more of the perceived value.
  4. Defines minimalism at work through leaving out all objects of non-functional value from one’s working environment; although acknowledges that functional value of a tool has a different meaning for a different user. Another element of a successful minimalism practice at work is enforcing distraction free environment, such as a block of time and no disturbances during it.
  5. Opens up a discussion for the minimalism in technology, and social media adjacent to it, suggesting an approach when one consciously uses technology instead of the opposite. There are so many ways to do it, and the one that is suggested is arranging the phone screens and managing notifications in the least distracting mode.
  6. Acknowledges the positive side of tech which gives the ability to learn much faster and have access to the information in colossal sizes. eBook is stated to be a great tool for continuous knowledge expansion due to its portability and memory capacity.
  7. States that minimalism in food is a variety of a diet, although it originates in one’s mind through a discipline and goal setting.
  8. Recommends using a minimalistic approach to traveling. A week long trip is possible to be packed in a cabin luggage. Variety and interchangeability of clothes is attained by color coordination and using basic styles that could be worn in any situation of the trip. A “four by four” rule is recommended. This simple approach results in 16 clothes combinations.
  9. Questions how todays pace of life affecting human relations and proposes to bring minimalism into the relations category through scrutinizing the circle of people one interacts and staying with those who truly matter. An experiment conducted by one of the members of the think tank is cited. During the experiment the member had disconnected from his relations for one year and remained with those who would reach out and miss him throughout this time.
  10. States that minimalism in fitness is using the gym that is always with you: calisthenics, gymnastics, running. Your body weight is a machine and the surroundings are your gym.
  11. States that minimalism despite the modern raise of interest to it among the more successful part of the population is not an egalitarian life style. Minimalism is in many ways starts with disciplining one’s mind regardless of the social status or career path.
  12. Concludes that minimalism is a hard work and discipline.

Dubai,  Jan 30, 2017

Side notes: Some of the references: on Suprematism, Kazimir Malevich; we spoke of some prominent figures in minimalism, Leo Babauta, Collin Wright. Everyone has watched the Minimalism movie by distinguished authorities in cutting the clutter away from their lives, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. We have done an experiment similar to the one shown in this movie, and are grateful to our host for patience. O.M. who has sponsored the topic, had shared the deck of slides on minimalism: enjoy!



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