Distanced Gathering

Fast paced, interactive, fun and genuinely inspiring.

The Distanced Gathering held its final event on 25 November 2021. Thank you to everyone who joined us along the way. Join the Virtual Design Coffee to stay in touch with the community.

We loved running the Gatherings, and seeing a global community develop, initially to help each other through challenging times. The Randomised Coffee Trials will carry on, and below are some of the things that came out of the 20 months of online Gatherings.

November Distanced Gathering will held on Zoom on Thursday 25 November at 4pm UK time.
Distanced Gathering graphic for the final event on 25 November 2021, illustrating participants in a Zoom window. #SDSGather

Illustration of two coffee cups with a speech bubble in the middle which reads 'Randomised Coffee Trials'.

The Randomised
Coffee Trials

Barbara from Open Change facilitates monthly online conversations of 90+ randomly paired participants, over a cup of a coffee. You don’t need to be a Designer to join.

Learn more about the project in our Medium reflection blog.

What participants
have said

“Actually the sessions have been brilliant. I’ve got zoom fatigue and would definitely not be showing up to everything if they weren’t short of excellent!”


An absolutely brilliant way to connect with a wonderful community during this time. The welcome is warm and genuine and the learning is incredibly valuable.

I find [them] so enjoyable and beneficial to my wellbeing.”