I suppose the time has come for a bit of an explanation as to why I’m inundating your Facebook feed three times a week with random stories, 10-year-old photographs, and whatever the hell a podcast is. Not because it’s owed, or even required, but mostly because I’m just really starting to figure it out myself.
I won’t bore you with a long history (since that’s really all this website is….thanks folks, good night, blog over) but instead with the goal. I have what I’ve been calling this “Big Idea.” It has to do with how we make decisions.
To me, it’s an interesting field of study, that I’m completely unqualified to pursue. My personal qualifications, however, have never stopped me from both pursuing and immediately becoming an expert at (please see The Dunning-Kruger Effect) whatever it might happen to be that my little brain finds shiny this week.
In that light, over the last couple of years, I’ve started to become very interested in how we make decisions. It’s a simple enough sounding question, but if you really start looking at it, the whole problem starts to become very convoluted and layered.
While my research (and by that I almost ALWAYS mean YouTube videos, audiobooks, and podcasts, with the occasional Google Scholar search thrown into the mix) has not been extensive, to my knowledge there is no one place you can find a simple answer to this question: How do we make decisions? Nor is there one place that simplifies the question into an easy to digest, understandable format.
I suppose that is my goal.
It’s one thing to have a goal, it’s another thing figuring out how to achieve it. The major problem with achieving this one is, as I’ve said, I’m wildly underqualified. I am by no means an academic, nor do I have direct access to any. I’m just a guy who has a lot of time on his hands to think about stuff, and this happens to be the topic I’ve been thinking about.
So the only way I have to see if my nutty ideas hold any water is to present them publicly, and see what the reaction is. If they’re worth anything, then they’ll build an audience and eventually find their way to somewhere that matters. If they’re not, then I’m lucky enough to live in a society where the game of “hey look at this asshole” seems to be a popular one. Either way, here we are.
So this is how the site, at this point, breaks down:
A – The Audio Podcast
These are conversations with the people I’ve met along the way whom I find interesting. We talk about ideas more than specific topics, though the conversation is open and can go in any direction. Mostly I speak with creatives, but my intention is to speak with anyone who seems to have something interesting to say, and people who are passionate about what they do.
I find the stories people share about their lives very important at revealing how we see the world, and how we make decisions in it.
V – Visual Art
For now, my intention is to share some of the images I’ve created over the years and tell the stories behind them. The creative process itself is a large part of how I’ve come to see decision making.
B – Blog
The blog portion of this site serves two functions. First, as simple practice. The writing process, while not exactly new to me, is not something I’ve been very good at working on consistently or diligently. I would like to become a better writer.
Secondly, it’s where all the piece work is happening. Putting some of these ideas together is a difficult process. I don’t know how many of the ideas I have connected yet, so I figure if I put them all out there, maybe one day I’ll figure out how to put them all together. And if not me, maybe someone else will.
So there you have it. A long-winded, over-analyzed look at my personal narcissism. With that in mind, if along the way, you happen to find anything I say or present here to be interesting, I would encourage you to comment on it, share it, and talk about it. The entire process requires participation. If you have an idea that relates to something I’ve spoken about, please feel free to let me know. If there’s a person you think might be an interesting guest on the podcast, tell me that too.
Maybe one day we can put this all together; in the meantime, at least we can have some fun.
Thanks for playing along.