How to be human

From this beautiful, heart-rending piece in The Baffler: The most common objection to the theory of the Anthropocene is that this era of collapse isn’t the result of humanity as such, but of the capitalist mode of production, something that emerges out of human activity but not for human ends. This age should be called […]

Snarky Press

There’s a new piece in the UK Guardian about “book doulas.” Is this a thing or is a marketing gimmick, the piece asks, and the internet being what it is, the skeptics are out in force. Ten years ago I left my day-job as a Communications Director for non-profits and dove into the challenge of […]

One I Watch: Francesca Pick

I’ve mentioned Francesca before, here after returning from OuiShare Fest 2016, where she and I led a session on Sharing Grief and Loss, and here, quoting her powerful 2014 interview with Sharing Economy thoughtleader Rachel Botsman. It’s no surprise to any of us who observed her holding the entire 15-country OuiShare network together with few […]

Oldie but goodie

From systems-thinking theorist Donella Meadows’ eternally epic essay on Leverage Points: where to intervene in a system: Self-organization is basically a matter of an evolutionary raw material — a highly variable stock of information from which to select possible patterns — and a means for experimentation, for selecting and testing new patterns. For biological evolution […]

Doula Shoptalk

Alongside her work as a facilitator, futurist, and author, adrienne maree brown (about whom I wrote more here) is also a birth doula, for babies. In Emergent Strategy she writes: Birthwork teaches us to engage tension, but not to indulge drama. It is another form of facilitation, making the miraculous experience of birth as easy […]

One I Watch: adrienne maree brown

adrienne maree brown is a futurist and science-fiction scholar, a doula (for actual human babies, not books!) and a facilitator. She’s also a prolific writer, with regular appearances at the feminist playground that is Bitch magazine–here’s one of my favorite essays there–while her social media streams are a riot and a joy. Once upon a […]

Storia 2

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that Tim McKee, the publisher of North Atlantic Books (NAB), will be joining us at this year’s Storia Summit. Tim’s the former managing editor of The Sun magazine out of Chapel Hill, NC. We collaborated while he was there on this interview I did with the artist Ran Ortner, and […]

Doula metaphors

Every now and then I get an email from someone who says they were thinking about the book they’ve always wanted to write, and suddenly they had this inspiration that what they needed was a “book doula,” and then they googled it, and– oh amazing happenstance– they find that such a thing actually exists, and […]

Storytelling in Sapiens

Late to the party… Still, I thought I’d share this bit from the book that “everyone” was reading last year, seeing as it relates to my work in the world: How did Homo sapiens manage to cross this critical threshold [150 individuals], eventually founding cities comprising tens of thousands of inhabitants and empires ruling hundreds […]