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FAQs

Questions? We’ve all got them.

Below you’ll find a few of the more common ones with answers. If you’re still seeking knowledge, follow us today on Twitter or contact us directly and help us come up with answers.

What are the Monks of Invention all about?

The Monks of Invention is a social experiment in new business creation.

We’re all about bringing together talented people over great drink and food, to spark great business ideas, behind which we can rally and bring to life.

When the Brothers select an idea to work on together, that is the foundation of a Mission. We operate as a collective, bound together in common purpose, sharing in the risks and rewards of the Mission.

What is the meaning behind the “Imbibe. Indulge. Invent.” motto?

Imbibe. Indulge. Invent. The guiding principle of the Brotherhood. We believe in the power of bringing together Brothers from diverse backgrounds, over good food and drink, to solve real world challenges.

By definition, Imbibe, Indulge, Invent carries the following meaning:

IMBIBE 
1 archaic : soak, steep
2 a : to receive into the mind and retain b : to assimilate or take into solution
3 a : drink b : to take in or up

INDULGE
1 a : to give free rein to b : to take unrestrained pleasure in : gratify
2 a : to yield to the desire of : humor  b : to treat with excessive leniency, generosity, or consideration

INVENT
1 archaic : find, discover
2 : to devise by thinking : fabricate
3 : to produce (as something useful) for the first time through the use of the imagination or of ingenious thinking and experiment

Are the Monks of Invention an Organized Religion, or do you have any Religious affiliations?

Nope. If anything, we’re probably the world’s first Disorganized Religion. We often joke that if we were looking for God, it would be because we couldn’t remember where we put him/her.

Seriously, we have no religious affiliations and are not a faith based initiative.

You are free to follow your own faith. What we believe in is the Brotherhood, and our collective ability to change the world through innovation — all while sharing good cheer and great food.

Are women allowed in the Brotherhood?

Absolutely! We wholeheartedly welcome humans of all persuasions, so long as they don’t mind being called Brother. We’re equal opportunity Monks of Invention. Talent and drive are all you need to become a Brother.

What is it that you seek to invent?

We love to  solve real  consumer problems by creating consumer driven products, services and technologies — or combinations of the three — that consumers won’t be able to live without. From the internet to a retail shelf, the world is our oyster.

During our Conclaves, we share the table with consumers who are feeling the pain of an unsolved problem. Together we listen to their experiences, ask questions, and share potential ideas and solutions that come to mind. But that is only the beginning.

Rapid iteration and understanding then happens in real time. The problem statement is further defined and tightened. A few high level approaches are sketched out. And if the challenge and ideas generate enough interest, a Mission is formed, and the  Brotherhood comes together to bring these ideas to life.

As a collective, the Brotherhood can share in the risks and rewards of invention. In doing so, we can bring more ideas to market, and ensure the Monks of Invention always have something interesting and engaging to work on.

What’s with the Monk theme?

It’s just a moniker and an organizing framework. The world is full of Monks of all kinds, pursuing all types of enlightenment, and following their own path.

Religion aside, we like how Monks come together for the each other’s benefit. We like their dedication and conviction to bringing a vision to life. We like the way they chant. We like how they contribute their time and energies to creating great things — like great foods and great beers. And of course, we love the Monks that Monty Python made so famous.

Do I have to wear any Vestments or Robes at any Monks of Invention events?

We have no dress codes. And the only Vestments we have are our mutual Investments of time and energy in bringing great ideas to life. If you do want to dress up as a Monk of whatever order, feel free to do so. We’re kind of partial to Snuggies.