America Needs Some Perspective

I used to think that Americans like me who had a strong point of view on topics related to positive social change all had some sort of elevated perspective that precluded them from falling victim to ignorance - like the racists, misogynists, classists, elitists and other "ists" they fight so hard against with their good … Continue reading America Needs Some Perspective

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The Perils of Adulthood Part 1: Making New Friends

The other day I was in my car listening to an episode of one of my favorite podcasts , This American Life.  The theme was related to the concept of human intimacy and all of the anxiety it causes. The second story was the one that really got to me. It was about how hard … Continue reading The Perils of Adulthood Part 1: Making New Friends

Adulting: Because Being a Grownup Should Only Be a Temporary Affliction

I remember being a kid trying to figure out what set adults apart from the rest of the masses of "watery moles" (Thanks, Florence King,  for that reference I will be using often).  In my best estimation, they were bigger than kids, had breath that smelled like coffee, cigarettes, alcohol or artificial mint, drove unu … Continue reading Adulting: Because Being a Grownup Should Only Be a Temporary Affliction

Lessons From Corporate America on Humanizing Poverty

I originally wrote the post below for my company (Culture) blog and also set it here on linkedin Hope you enjoy the inspiration. Last year we completed what ended up being an intensely inspiring project... Our client identified a customer group that they realized they hadn't been serving to their fullest potential because it is a “target” that they … Continue reading Lessons From Corporate America on Humanizing Poverty

Be still my beating NYC HeART

I lived in New York City for a few short-but-long-enough years in the "early 2000s".  My renovated-but-still-affordable apartment was on (as we told my girlfriend's conservative suburban mother) the "upper upper upper East Side.  Otherwise known as east Harlem. I was in anthropologist heaven but quality-of-life hell.  While I appreciated joining a neighborhood (even if … Continue reading Be still my beating NYC HeART

Humans of The Willamette Valley: A Celebration of Life

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Portland, Oregon for the very first time and take an unexpected "side trip" about 90 minutes north to a town called Jefferson - which is located in the Willamette Valley.  To the hipster-come-borgeois bohemian "metro area" dwellers (not unlike myself), the Willamette Valley is the place where … Continue reading Humans of The Willamette Valley: A Celebration of Life

Is Customer Social Responsibility The New “CSR”?

Sometimes work and life go together.  For Narcissistic Anthropologists like me, this phenomenon happens more often than not. For the last several months I have been building momentum as a partner at Culture Agency in Atlanta, GA.  In the new year we made an official commitment to, at all costs, only work with clients and … Continue reading Is Customer Social Responsibility The New “CSR”?

Love, Haters and Hipsters: The Irony of Being A Millennial

I have officially decided that I've  spent too much time commenting on a recent Facebook thread started in the last day  by fellow bloggers Eve Kerrigan, Rachel Gall and Anna Akbari, about a recent article on Millennials called  "Generation Wuss" by Vanity Fair's Bret Easton Ellis. I am, however, compelled to share and express my very "special" point … Continue reading Love, Haters and Hipsters: The Irony of Being A Millennial

Experiencing “Old School”: The Middle-Aged Mosh Pit

So, I was enjoying an extended happy hour at my favorite local pub - out on the patio watching folks walk by, when a punk rock couple - complete with mohawk and combat boots - ambled on by.Here I was thinking "nice to see the neighborhood getting more bohemian and diverse" when I was informed … Continue reading Experiencing “Old School”: The Middle-Aged Mosh Pit

A “Download” on Post-2000 Tech-Driven Consumer Culture-isms

Last night my wife and I took a chance on a new local restaurant and music venue.  It was a slow night and we stayed until they were ready to close up, having conversations with the chef and bartender.  In an effort to let us know they were in no rush to kick us out, … Continue reading A “Download” on Post-2000 Tech-Driven Consumer Culture-isms