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Enlightened Spaces Summer Salon
Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
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Enlightened Spaces Summer Salon
7Story and Intersection for the Arts present
Enlightened Spaces Summer Salon


In today's experiential culture, public spaces must offer far more than a pretty face. They must provide meaningful and engaging experiences. But what makes an experience meaningful, and how can placemakers know what is the right experience for their location? Join us for a fascinating dive into the art and science of experience creation with insights from diverse fields. Learn what is "experience strategy," how it works, and how to apply its principles and practices to the public realm.

* Ben Davis, Words Pictures Ideas
* Steve Diller, The Scansion Group
* Christine Marie, live performance designer/director, TED Fellow
* Jonathan Warner, Vital Environments
* Lisa Zimmerman, 7Story (moderator)


5:00 Reception
6-7:45 Program

Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street @ 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.626.2787 ext. 109

Partner* Members: $15 in advance, $20 at door
Non-members: $20 in advance, $25 at door

* AIA, ASLA, Cultural Connections

Enlightened Spaces is the creation of 7Story, an interactive art and placemaking consulting firm that engages people in places, causes and brands. Info: Lisa Zimmerman: or 415.302.8195.

Photo: courtesy of Christine Marie



BEN DAVIS:  As founder of the creative agency Words Pictures Ideas and the purpose-driven design firm I Shot Him Because I Loved Him, Damn Him, Ben works in the realm of public space, art, health, safety and transit. Ben has helped name, brand and communicate on megaprojects totaling more than $15b in civic investment. Today he is championing The Bay Lights, a monumental light sculpture on the Bay Bridge. This fall, his intervention Pi In The Sky will skywrite the first 1,000 numbers of Pi's infinite sequence in a hundred-mile loop around the Bay Area as part of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial.

STEVE DILLER:  As a principal in The Scansion Group, Steve Diller unearths the meaningful experiences consumers seek, and uses those insights to drive new product, service and brand development. He co-wrote the book Making Meaning, and is completing a new one on the evolution of consumer experience over time. Steve's a founding faculty member of the Design Strategy MBA program at CCA, teaching Market Insights Studio and Social Ventures, and is also on the faculty of UC Davis' MBA program. Prior to Scansion, Steve was SVP of Brand Strategy at Added Value, and was a Partner and Director of Innovation
at Cheskin.

CHRISTINE MARIE seamlessly integrates performers, objects and handmade special effects to elicit connections with concepts, phenomenology and history in emotional and visually stimulating performances. She is pioneering the use of 3D/stereoscopic shadow theater. Her original work, Ground to Cloud, premiered at the Redcat Theater in LA and has toured to NY. She is a former company member of ShadowLight Productions where she trained and studied Wayang Kulit in Bali. She teaches at Pixar studios and has consulted at DreamWorks. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. Christine Marie is a 2012 TED Fellow.

JONATHAN WARNER:  What makes an experience engaging and meaningful? When asked this question, people will return a diverse landscape of stories, examples, and principles. The success of experience design, therefore, depends on our ability to know the people for whom we design. This challenge forms the inspiration for Jonathan Warner's work as a User Experience designer. Years of work in the digital space have revealed an effective methodology that makes People the subject of design. Now, as senior user experience designer at Vital Environments, Jonathan is bringing those techniques to the built environment. So, what
makes a place engaging and meaningful?

LISA ZIMMERMAN is founding principal at 7Story, an interactive art and placemaking consulting firm that engages people in places, causes and brands. Lisa also produces Enlightened Spaces, an event series exploring innovations in public space design and activation. Prior to launching 7Story, Lisa was marketing director for MKThink, a San Francisco architecture and design firm, following 20 years providing marketing, communications, public engagement and fundraising for over 40 organizations and companies across the San Francisco Bay Area.


Intersection for the Arts (View)
925 Mission St. Suite 109
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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