Nishant Kothary (USA)

Nishant is co-founder of Minky, a design and technology company based in Seattle. After cutting his teeth as a Program Manager at Amazon.com on projects like Instant Video & the original Kindle, Nishant honed his multidisciplinary skills at Microsoft as a Web Strategist. He’s a designer, writer, community manager, events organiser, change agent, and all-around renaissance person. He’s been featured in Smashing Magazine, UXMag, and MIX Online and his favourite web work includes 10K Apart, Lost World’s Fairs, The New Microsoft.com, MIX Online, A Website Named Desire, and Build. Nishant presents around the world about how human behaviour affects software design.

The Power of Error

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To err is human. But, tell that to a human and he’ll spend his time deflecting blame and concocting the wrong solutions to his problems. Indeed, while we may accept our fallibilities consciously, our brains have evolved to reject the notion where it matters most: the subconscious. But there’s hope.

I recently acquired a new and improved brain. Before you get too excited, I should warn you that it’s cruel. During the workday, it constantly reminds me of my every imperfection (and worse, the thousands of imperfections lurking in the darkness). On weekends and evenings, it composes songs about the endless series of mistakes that I call “my life”. But despite its depressing bedside manner, this brain gives me the occasional fully decrypted, Neo-like view into the murky, chaotic, unpredictable, deeply unnerving, and typically elusive phenomenon known as reality.

Let’s peek at this reality together, for it is the first step in creating the better realities we desire for our friends, our coworkers, our projects, and ourselves. In this talk, you’ll get:

  • Some practical solutions to a few of the most irksome dilemmas at work and play.
  • A discount coupon for a new and improved brain.

Who’s behind this?

At Together London we organise events to help you change your organisation. We’re here to make Dare Conference a safe space where everyone is treated with respect. Reach us at info@dareconf.com or Together London.

Jonathan Kahn

Jonathan Kahn

organiser
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David Caines

David Caines

branding and illustration
@salon16
Rhiannan Walton

Rhiannan Walton

co-organiser
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Daniel Howells

Daniel Howells

digital design
@howells
Sara Wachter-Boettcher

Sara Wachter-Boettcher

content strategy
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