I provide creative services, content, and products for small + medium-sized companies and 501(c)(3)s.
A lot of my work has been for teenagers, youth workers, and parents — that’s mostly what you’ll see here on my website and Amazon and much of the digital movie work you’ll see on Vimeo. The work I do for business clients generally has their company name on it, not mine.
I named my practice The Tiny Company Called Me because if you hire me, you get me (plus a friend or two as needed). I live + work among tall trees and blackberry brambles just outside Seattle.
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 as well I can understand it
Because soft skills are so 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 and when to charge for the value added through 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 a quarterly video magazine for youth workers. I was, in those days, known as the EdgeTV Guy to a small but passionate cohort of 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 for a marriage encounter group (not to be confused with the Marriage Encounter movement from which it was knocked 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 501(c)(3) with global aspirations attached to a modest, regional presence. I spent much of my time there learning to develop content and plan learning events. They also lent me, part time, to work with teenagers at a little church on the south end of Atlanta.
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.