When you join us at KIN Global, you join our KIN community.
One way people build identity and culture is through artifacts: tangible representations of meaning. We discovered the "challenge coin" tradition of the US military through KINian Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, and now Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Senior commanders present coins to people who have shown great service and commitment, or who have supported the mission of the command in various ways. Coins are not medals, but expressions of gratitude, affinity and, in a way, love.
We usurped and translated this tradition. Each year, we invite a designer, architect, artist—really anyone with vision and insight into who we are as the KIN—to design our coin.
For 2017, veteran KINian Natasha Tskakos designed dozens. Alas, we could only mint one, but have included some of the sketches to give you a sense of Natasha's marvelous mind.
She was inspired by this year's theme—Foresight—to explore the human implications of exponential technology. "The thumbprint is an homage to our humanity as we know it," she explains. The circuit on the flip side, meanwhile, points to our hybrid future. Look closely: It's actually a little KIN Global robot.
Natasha herself lives and works in a world enhanced, amplified and reimagined by technology at every turn. To call her a performance artist barely scratches the surface. If you have a chance to see her in person, by all means do. Be sure to bring your coin.
To the Future!
Robert C. Wolcott
Co-founder & Executive Director, KIN