What I’m Doing Now

MY LIFE IN PARAGRAPHS

I’ve been developing the “My Life in Paragraphs” process, workshop and collateral. It’s been a dream for years now, and I’m finally building it out in a meaningful way. It’s a values-based approach to storytelling. If you have a value, there’s an origin story behind it. I’ve developed a 7-step process to help people ponder and explore their values-based stories. I’m lit up by the experience people have when participating in my process. They see themselves in a new light. They evaluate their lives on a deeper level. They connect in a real way with those they share their stories with, be it family, friends or complete strangers. They have a visceral experience of knowing and understanding that we’re all connected, that none of us are alone, that we are all a part of our greater human family. I’m committed to being a gentle evangelist for more love and connection in people’s lives, and for our planet.

SHOOTING

I recently upgraded my video camera and am interested in diving deeper into the technical aspects of using a camera — My interest is to capture beautiful images which communicate the essence of the persons I’m interviewing. It’s a full package, good sound, nice light and setting, provocative questions.

STORYCATCHER

We just updated StoryCatcher for iOS to a version I’m really proud of and stoked about sharing. It’s such a wonderful and simple tool. Give it a whirl. Join our mailing list if you want to be in the know: StoryCatcher website. We have a Trademark application in review with the USPTO for StoryCatcher. Submitted last July. It’s a long process. Fingers crossed. We’re also dancing with some folks in conversation about White Labeling StoryCatcher. That’s exciting, too! (and we is Urs Brauchli and I — we are partners in North Beach Apps, LLC — home to StoryCatcher).

INTEGRATION

I’m focusing on how to better integrate my interests in life story video interviewing, values-based storytelling for self-discovery, and bridging technology and connection in such a way that technology is a supporting tool for connecting us all rather than the distraction and disconnector it’s evolved into. My views on social change nearly always involve looking at that pendulum swing. I feel we’re at the apex of change. I feel we’re ready to move towards responsibly integrating technology into our human experience, and into our lives, in a useful way. I hope to be a positive part of that shift.

WORK

Meanwhile I’m producing business web videos, conducting life story interviews, and quietly building websites for a handful of clients.

FUN

For fun I hike in nature every chance I get, ride my mountain bike in the woods, and listen to people’s stories. I’m in Landmark’s “Be Here Now” seminar every Monday evening in San Francisco. If you haven’t done the Landmark Forum, I highly recommend it. My Instagram account is witness to adventures I deem worthy of recording. 🙂

 

Derek Sivers is my inspiration behind creating a Now Page.

 

Updated: 28 November 2018