Interintellect Fellowship Awardees: Round 1
Congratulations to Bryan Kam, Mary Bajorek, and Linus Lu! 🎉
Interintellect is pleased to announce that we have selected the first three awardees of our inaugural Public Minds: Interintellect Fellowship Program.
Big congratulations to these stellar Interintellects:
🎉 Bryan Kam, Mary Bajorek, and Linus Lu! 🎉
What is the Public Minds: Interintellect Fellowship Program? The Interintellect Fellowship highlights up to five stand-out Interintellect members annually, awarding them a grant to support six months of a focused project, both on and off the Interintellect platform. Our aim is to further empower the curious minds of the world and Interintellect community who are passionate about teaching the public about arts and ideas.
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More about our 2023 Interintellect Fellows:
#1: Bryan Kam
Bryan’s Thesis: Bryan’s thesis states that philosophical inquiry should be both methodological and consequential: providing a way of seeing the world and a way of acting in it. (You can hear Bryan talk more about “philosophy as methodology” here.)
Why We Think It’s Great: We think that Bryan’s thesis is an important meta-conversation, especially given that Interintellect is a platform where hosts combine the act of thinking with the act of creative doing. In alignment with Bryan’s thesis, we look forward to hearing his practical methods of bridging the brainstorming / thinking phase of philosophical inquiry to the acting / doing phase, and how we can apply this thinking as Interintellect attendees, members, and hosts.
What This Means for YOU: Bryan plans to research his methods with your help! He will be hosting offline members events in London, online events, and showcasing Interintellect members by recording conversations for his podcast, and sharing his ongoing writing and research.
#2: Mary Bajorek
Mary’s Thesis: Mary believes that we all want to be doing work that gives us energy and benefits the world around us. Given this belief, she aims to build her online presence as a career transition coach and construct an online guide for people going through the challenging process of career transition.
Why We Think It’s Great: The topic of “career transition” is one that is at the forefront of a meaningful number of minds, both in people who are early and late career, who find themselves unfulfilled in what they are doing in their day to day. We have had several salons on this topic, and we believe that Mary’s work to create an online guide based on her past work with clients and future conversations in Interintellect salons will culminate in a valuable, actionable online guide for people who don’t know how to take the next step towards a more rewarding calling.
What This Means for YOU: Mary will host four public salons on each of the “Four Steps” of career transitioning, gathering feedback and stories from Interintellect attendees. She will also hold two members-only salons: one for candid conversations on our relationship with money and work, and one on the actual process of creating an online guide, as well as larger conversations on the creative process as it applies to our work and lives.
#3: Linus Lu
Linus’s Thesis: Linus believes that talent exists innately in all people, but that the talent conversion efficiency rate is currently <1%. Through writing and research, Linus seeks to explore how we humans can more efficiently convert talent into productivity, innovation, and flourishing, both individually and societally.
Why We Think It’s Great: While Interintellect is often a platform that draws thinkers and creators who have found some success in their area of curiosity, we are also a home to thinkers and creators who are seeking guidance at the beginning of their talent journey. We believe that Linus and his research in talent and excellence will be a great resource for Interintellects who are still in the seeking phase of their creative endeavors.
What This Means for YOU: Linus will host a series of salons asking questions like: “What is talent?” and “How will AI and technology change the role of talent?” as well as taking a look at talent from a hiring and interviewing perspective (“What are the problems and opportunities for growth in talent searching?”).
Stay tuned for updates on these incredible thinkers and creators as they make an impact both on the Interintellect platform and in their own communities and lives.
— The Interintellect Team
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What is the Interintellect Fellowship? Interintellect has launched a microgrant program for 2022-2023. Between October 24, 2022 and February 24, 2023, we will be awarding $5,000 to up to 5 Interintellect members, who will become Interintellect Fellows for 6 months each.
What does being an Interintellect Fellow entail? During the 6 months of the Interintellect Fellowship, we expect Fellows to demonstrate progress in their artistic/intellectual practice. Whether your main focus is your book, newsletter, YouTube channel, performances, exhibitions, or academic work, we'd like to hear from you regularly!
The Fellows will get a dedicated channel in the Interintellect Discord where they can keep the community updated on their work and events. We will also host one or two showcase events for Fellows to present their work to the community, and we'll regularly share their achievements in the Interintellect Newsletter to ensure their ideas and talent reach as many people as possible.
During each 6 month Fellowship, the grantees will also stay in dialogue with their growing public via hosting monthly Interintellect events: 4 x public online salons, and 2 x members only online events or IRL meetups, each. (Our Fellows will earn income after their ticket sales, as in the case of any regular salon hosted on our platform, whenever they host public online events. See the Interintellect Knowledgebase for more details.)
How can I follow the Interintellect Fellowship winners? You can follow their progress by signing up for Interintellect’s Substack, Newsletter, Twitter, and keeping an eye on our blog.