One month later, Lin pitched his paint idea at the first Crosspoint — with no results. The crowd was full of familiar faces who had heard it before.
“So we did it a second time. And this time, only 14 people came but they were new people, not just our friends. The feeling was different,” Huang said.
“We found out that people liked it and it was really helping them, and we wanted to keep doing it,” Lin said.
Today, Crosspoint is self-sustaining. Huang resigned from his day job in November 2012, and Lin left interior design shortly afterward. The two of them work on Crosspoint full-time, hosting events, editing video and updating the Web site with participant stories. They cooperate with online crowd-funding platforms to bring in entertainment.
Some participants — though not yet Lin — have found sponsors for their projects. Last year, a woman was offered a free gallery space for an art exhibition she wanted to organize for her sister, who suffered from multiple personality disorder.
“Her sister would sometimes become like a little girl who screamed and shouted. Her social relationships were always turbulent, but she liked to draw,” Lin said.
Other participants — including Lin — have discovered romance. “It’s happened,” Huang said. “He found a girlfriend!”
Crosspoint runs meetings each month across three cities. Sunday’s Crosspoint, titled “Creation, Character,” is for students and their professional development.