Clarity & Direction | Empathy & Imagination
I am a writer, anthropologist and imagination professional with over 20 years experience providing clarity and creativity to clients and partners of all kinds. As Principal at Intangible, I generate, manage and work on projects with large corporations, universities and startups to create the conditions for them to be creative.
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Imagination in Action
AS BUSINESS OWNER, STRATEGIST, AND IMAGINATION PROFESSIONAL, I'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH GREAT CLIENTS AND PARTNERS.
I've worked on products, campaigns, and projects of all kinds. Whether you need to imagine and enact your near future, prototype a product, or devise an effective experience, my services provide clarity and direction.
The intangible frameworK
The Intangible Framework is a way to organize your life and your work to allow for more arts and humanities, collaborative ideation, and mind wandering. Using the Framework helps you get more creative and feel more alive.
Science Fiction Studio
Arizona State University asked me to create and direct Science Fiction Studio (SFS), a new on-campus and online course. The class encompasses storytelling and prototyping, workshop methods, and team management methods. SFS was taught in the classroom and is now being tooled for online delivery.
Sustainable Harvest Farmer App
Coffee importers Sustainable Harvest needed an app to deliver educational content to coffee farmers in remote locations in the Americas and Africa. We built a team to strategize and design the experience and test this in the field with Peruvian coffee farmers. I also presented the product at coffee industry events.
As an imagination professional, I believe it is essential to spend a portion of one's career engaging in experiments. What better way to explore possibilities, investigate hunches and satisfy curiosities?
What does a piece of art taste like? How might we use metadata to connect two sensual experiences? We tried to answer these questions in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum and The Morgan Street Theatre. As part of an Edible Art History event, we generated metadata for a work of art; a chef created a desert inspired by that metadata, connecting the artwork to desert via a data bridge. Yum!
Poetry for Robots
Poetry for Robots is a digital humanities experiment in metadata and human-computer interaction. Conducted with help from Webvisions and Arizona State University, I conceived, designed and conducted this experiment. I've evangelized the results at conferences, at Google, and in the international press including The Guardian, Motherboard and Huffington Post.
Cornbread is an iOS app that allows you to create beautiful digital messages and drop them wherever you are - a lake, a city street, your favorite restaurant. Discover and experience crumbs dropped by your friends, followers and creative strangers. Think social media meets Pokémon GO.
I've published chapters, articles, and fictions on topics ranging from digital books, the future of solar power, and the history, psychology, and sociology of our digital moment.
Weight of Light: A Collection of Solar Futures
A collection of science fiction stories, art, and essays exploring human futures powered by solar energy, with an upbeat, solarpunk twist. What will it be like to live in the photon societies of tomorrow? How will a transition to clean, plentiful energy transform our values, markets, and politics? My story, Divided Light, is the final story in this exciting book.
Imaginary Papers is a Medium publication edited by Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination. As a co-founder of the Imaginary Papers publication, I help solicit and edit contributions that focus on our mission to ‘make, dream and share a better future.’ I regularly contribute thought pieces and occasional design fictions to the publication.
Post-Book Paratext: Designing for Haptic Harmony is the final chapter in the IGI reference volume Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture. The chapter is regularly assigned in university digital humanities classes.
Where I'm Coming from
As a long time imagination professional, I have rich experience in creating real connections with clients and colleagues. I frequently call on my anthropological perspective and a decade of considering and creating the conditions for creativity.
This requires empathy and imagination - the same characteristics that allow a trust-based management style and growth mindset amongst team members. This is my objective and mission.
I have taught college courses and presented ideas about our evolving digital landscape at conferences as presentations and keynotes. Venues include:
Digital Book World
Elevating Impact Summit
Lewis & Clark College