I provide content design, creative services, and production services for businesses, publishers and nonprofits.
Recent and ongoing projects include digital movies for Compassion International, Chess4Life, Farmers Electric, Jim Henderson Presents, Light Business Development Group, and group learning curriculum for World Concern.
I named my practice The Tiny Company Called Me because if you hire me, you get me (plus a friend or two as needed).
My work as an intelligent stranger starts with an invitation to enter somebody else's space, where I observe and ask questions until I can make sense of what I'm seeing and hearing.
Then I report what I find and make recommendations for solving problems and seizing opportunities.
My Intelligent Stranger skill set includes...
telling the truth to the limits of my ability
Because soft skills are very hard for many leaders, it’s good to know there’s an Intelligent Stranger available for lunches, phone calls, venting, spitballing, mediation, crisis response, networking, special projects, brainstorming and blue sky mining. Honestly, it’s not always easy to know how to charge for some of these services. It usually works out.
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I launched The Tiny Company Called Me on January 1, 1999.
Before 1999, I worked at a film + video house in Colorado Springs where, among other duties, I guided the story development for EdgeTV a quarterly video magazine for people working with teenagers + families.
Before that, I was a card-carrying youth worker in Solana Beach, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Before that, I worked at a printing company and, before that, a marriage encounter group (not to be confused with the Marriage Encounter movement, from which the group I worked with was, I’m embarrassed to say, basically a knock off).
Before that, I worked briefly as a day-laborer to pay the rent while I searched for a job where I could write while the sun was up.
Before that, I joined a startup nonprofit with global aspirations attached to a modest, regional presence. I spent much of my time there learning to develop content and plan learning events.
Before that, I studied sociology at Cal State San Bernardino and worked with teenagers at a smallish church, where (for me) every night was amateur night.
a college bookstore
a fish market
a boat shop...
you know, the usual.