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Prototypical gifting

The following essay is an excerpt from the work in progress “Gratitude_X”. The full paper seeks to document multiple modes of gift giving within the context of a massive open online course. This excerpt prototypes the gift as a concept.…


EdX — MOOC with a Mission and a Profit Motive

Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs first began to gain popular attention and market penetration in 2012. Several for-profit and nonprofit entities began packaging college-level learning materials delivered by leading universities onto their proprietary learning management platforms. EdX is one…


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Cucumber Zoo

How might we bring food consumption and production to be individually approachable and locally sustainable? This was the question I set out to answer. Fourteen weeks and countless variations later, I land on the Cucumber Zoo – The Place for…


Designers see the future

Designers see the future, specifically when surfacing insights. Seeing the future is a multi-step process for the designer, with the forming of insights from the body of research about midway. It’s hard. I pace around the room, stumble into a…


Giving it All Away 

There is a recognized need for good design strategy and good business insight combined to create innovation. There is a library of articles on the subject. From the DMI’s oft-cited Value of Design, to designer Joshua Taylor’s claim that designers should study…


Sears Generations

“Because no one else can outfit you for life.” Concept for Sears reinvention. Objective: Improve Sears retail experience, sales experience, and generational relevance.  Innovate on empty assets, with new values, promoting generational engagement. Discover your working brand promise and why statement; Enable you to identify and influence all key Sears Holdings brand promise stakeholders; Provide red team methods to…


More Human – Help for Homeless

Challenge: Discover opportunities for elevated user experiences, threats to existing services, markets for early adoption, and ways to redefine the use of autonomous vehicles.  Solution: More Human: Media production company supporting autonomous services for un-sheltered people.   

Gentlemen of Chance -Executive Instigation

Gentlemen of Chance is a slow communication experiment in social hacktivism and “spiritual bureaucracy”. The art/action/communication consists of mailing 108 letters to prominent public figures from the Forbes 400 list. These are people who may influence fortunes or multitudes. Each letter…


The Type Bar Slow Communication

Public Art. Typewriters, stationery, stamps, multi-media, found objects The Type Bar is a portable public art service. Participants engage in the simple activity of writing a letter, but do so semi-publicly, out loud, and out of time, based on the Type…


Kinetic Umbra Exploration of Space

Long Exposure Photography Having practiced many styles of breath and movement, I want to explore what shapes the practices leave in space. My intention is to record the full range of a flow in one exposure to discover what that might reveal…


Hope Community Engagement

Hope events engaged the study and practice in managing human motivations, group dynamics, and institution engagement. This work enlisted local arts and cultural practitioners to convey tangible and emotional stories of the Society’s mission through public service, performance and compassionate…


Applications for Good

Applications for Good, a recent contest produced by Applications for Good challenged developers to create apps for low-income Americans to help them get educated, find jobs, get healthy, manage their finances and so on. The contest was organized by One Economy…