Hi, and thanks for taking an interest! You might have noticed a lot of random, abstract, and philosophical material on the blog. Let me offer some personal narrative to pull it all together.
I grew up surfing, skiing, RPGing and wargaming, and pondering the meaning of existence in Northern California, but I can’t help but want to be where the action is and quickly oriented myself to political science when I discovered how desiccated university philosophers can be. That put me straight on the track to politics and Washington, D.C., where I worked for Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) and Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Merced). After getting a Masters at UC San Diego’s Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies I returned to Washington first as an Oak Ridge Fellow and then as a staff economist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water.
If there is one thing I learned in Washington, it’s that our current institutions aren’t equipped to handle 21st century “wicked” problems. Once I had worked this out for myself I looked for new approaches and solutions in Europe through a 2013/2014 Humboldt German Chancellor Fellowship at the Ecologic Institute in Berlin. Europe has many, many challenges of its own but scholars here have done some excellent work thinking and experimenting with new approaches. I have co-founded a company to increase practice of ComMod, an approach that integrates role-playing games and computer simulation.
Games, philosophy, and politics, inform the core of my thinking and you’ll find most of the posts here mix them up in an effort to advance democracy, prosperity, and social justice in the challenging environmental and social dynamics of the 21st century. I try to express my thoughts in as clear and well thought out a manner as I can here, but I’m certainly not always clear in my communication or thought, so please don’t hesitate to ask me to clarify, or criticize when you think I’ve got it wrong!