Black Box Sessions are back for Fall 2018. 

These are small gatherings of Plywood People in which we learn from local voices on topics shaping our work for social good. Join us for either an individual session or get your season pass for this fall. (If you already have an annual pass, we will email you a code to register for this season’s events.)


Do you ever pause to consider what makes a place special? Maybe it’s the smells or sounds you experience. Maybe it’s the history you’ve made there. The places in which we live our lives and share our stories profoundly shape who we are. The places we gather and play nurture our sense of belonging.

At our September Black Box Session, we will learn from a variety of local voices on placemaking. If you are thinking about building community or about how a brick and mortar can tell a bigger story than yourself, then this is the session for you.


  • Garnie Nygren - As the Director of Operations at Serenbe, Garnie’s work makes Serenbe function. Come learn the behind the scenes story of what makes Serenbe special.

  • Mike Gallagher - Have you ever been to Leon’s Full Service? What about Brick Store Pub? These are just a few of the places Mike has made for the Atlanta community. Come learn the ethos behind Mike’s hospitality in the restaurant industry.

  • Jonathan Pascual - Local coffee shops are community anchors. Come learn from Jonathan Pascual about the intentional steps his team has taken to make Taproom Coffee a community highlight.

  • Jonathan Rich - What does it take to build an immensely place-based real estate company? Jonathan, founder of JRICH Atlanta, is going to share his strategies and tips for placemaking on the real estate front.


From the cars we drive to the chairs we rest on, the world we live in is a product of design. Someone at some point in time decided what will be and brought that dream into reality. The question we are asking at this Black Box Session is, “What does it look like to leverage design for good?” Can design be used to solve real problems in today’s world?

Join us on Tuesday, October 23rd as we learn from local voices on the opportunities for social good within the world of design.


  • Bo Adams - As Chief Learning and Innovation Officer at the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Bo Adams is leading the way in translating design thinking into real life opportunities for kids. Come learn about design thinking and ways you can use this process to think outside of the box!

  • Meena Krenek - Meena is an award-winning design director at Gensler, who has transformed her clients' companies and strengthened their corporate cultures through experiential design. She is reimagining inclusion and community through the lens of architectural design - you won’t want to miss a chance to learn from her process!

  • Marcus Hollinger — As VP of Marketing at Reach Records, Marcus directs marketing and branding solutions for GRAMMY Award winning artists seeking to leverage art, faith, and cultural understanding to change the way people see the world.

SESSION THREE - "GET WEIRD" featuring CJ Casciotta - NOV 27th

You were taught to fit in. You were born to stand out. Knowing what makes you weird is the best thing you can offer your art, your business, your friends, your family, and yourself. It's the essence of creativity, the stuff of movements, and the hope for humanity. It's time to quit painting by numbers, conforming to patterns, and checking off boxes. It's time to get weird.

CJ Casciotta - CJ Casciotta is a writer and serial media maker passionate about helping people discover and own their unique identity, in other words, what makes them weird. As a writer and communicator, he's traveled all over the world inspiring communities like Lululemon, The Salvation Army, TEDx, and Charity:Water. Join us for a night of creativity and inspiration!