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Risk and Responsibility

July 16, 2019

Adam took me on my first backpacking trip a month ago, and my second last weekend. Since then, I keep thinking about how grounding it is to be in the woods. Your circle of concern is shrunk until it extends no farther outside of you than your arm. Everything you need is on your back and anything designed to fulfill more than those immediate needs doesn’t matter.

—from a letter I wrote to our email list today <3


I’m a student and teacher of people-first growth. Having spent the major part of the last two decades building weird businesses that tried to be good for humans, I'm now working privately on a few experimental projects and cultivating this little digital space of mine.

If you're new here, I'm working on my second book, People-First Growth (slowly, slowly said the sloth), and I’m sharing what I learn in my newsletter. If you geek out on digital gardening, I share mine publicly on Roam. You can say hi on Twitter or by email.

You can also read my first book, Gather the People, originally released in 2015 and updated in 2020 (what a year for a book release). It's a human approach to marketing for people who would rather make what they love than persuade people to buy it. If that's you, I hope it helps.