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U of Next @ District

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New Haven, CT 06513

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The group is for anyone who:

* Has a project, creative or otherwise, that seems to be floundering
* Has a ‘big idea’, something they desperately want to create in the world, but has no clue how to move forward
* Is in a job/career that has lost it’s “juice” and that there seems to be no way out of
* Is in a relationship that they has turned stale, boring, etc.
* Has a general sense of, “there’s more to life than this….but I have no clue what”.

The feeling of “stuckness”, of knowing that the current condition we find ourselves in is outdated yet feeling unable to move forward, is universal. It can, and does, occur at any life stage and in any area: career, family, health, education, marriage. Yet, for how common this experience is, there seem to be few consistently reliable ways out. Why? This group is about exploring, in practical and applied ways, the nature of being "stuck" and, more importantly, practices to transform “stuck” into creative possibility.

Each month, we'll bring in a different creator / innovator for a facilitated conversation about how they are breaking through their own patterns and the entrenched patterns of the system or issue they are working on.

NOTE: The Stack restaurant & beer garden is now open @ District - come early and enjoy a meal or a drink with fellow [un]stuck community members.


Upcoming sessions:


February 20, 2019
Pete Sena II is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and creative technologist who founded Digital Surgeons, a global innovation & design consultancy that uncovers insights, delivers award-winning experiences, and engineers growth for Fortune 50s and startups alike. Obsessed with the intersection of design, business, entrepreneurship, and strategy, Peter focuses on leading Digital Surgeons’ innovation and growth practice. Peter is a keynote speaker who regularly presents at marketing conferences, corporations, and universities such as Yale, Carnegie Mellon, and UPenn’s Wharton School of Business.

Pete will join us in February for a conversation about getting unstuck from habitual ways of thinking about problems in our organizations and the marketplace - and about what it takes to not just have great ideas, but to actually translate them into results that have an impact on the world.


Pete Sena


March 7, 2019
Nick Wedge, Learning & Human Development, Uber Advanced Technologies Group will join us in March for a very special [un]stuck. Nick is flying out from San Francisco specially for [un]stuck and you will not want to miss this. More details soon!


April 17, 2019
Bun Lai, Owner of Miya's Sushi, the world's first certified sustainable sushi restaurant. This is a special [un]stuck that will be part of the formal launch week of U of next's new facility at District New Haven. More details in the coming weeks.


Also coming soon:
Steve Walter, Owner of Steve Walter Photo. More details in the coming weeks.

(c) Steve Walter Photo


Past sessions:

Recordings of past sessions are available HERE

October 17th, 2018
We'll be joined by David Salinas, Founder & CEO of District, a 200,000 sqft innovation center that is "unsticking" a lot of assumptions about what Connecticut is and can be as a place to live and work.


November 28th, 2018
Jeff Hittner, Founder of Your Project X and the creator of IBM's Corporate Social Responsibility program will join us for a conversation about getting [un]stuck from the habitual patterns and mindsets about career and work that we inherited from the Industrial Era.


January 16, 2019
Slate Liu-Ballard, co-Founder of The State House, a multi-purpose venue dedicated to promoting and expanding culture and creativity in New Haven. Slate has spent his career working on building community and "Igniting Movements through Innovation and Design". Slate will join us for a conversation about the transformation that is happening in New Haven and, as a serial entrepreneur and change agent in the city, what he is learning about Creating a Past that the Future says is Impossible.


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