Telling Stories to Help Change The World

37065_546684894195_1552712461_nSince I started high school, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. But after I graduated from the University of Georgia, I began to realize that making change is about being a lot more. The journey was tough.

I had studied English literature, international affairs, film, history, philosophy, and psychology. Like any liberal arts major, I valued my skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, and analysis. After I graduated, I started a documentary film production
and founded my second company (I’m happy to say my first is also still alive and well). I began drinking from a firehouse, ferociously learning everything from cinematography to social media marketing to microbiology. Understanding deconstructionist literary criticism and the dueling metaphors in Emily Dickinson’s poetry aren’t, in themselves, high-demand skills in today’s economy. I wish they were.

However, what the world does need is well-rounded, well-read people who care about making the world better and who are willing to do everything in their power to live out their values. That’s what the liberal arts have cultivated in us for millennia and that’s what the 21st century empowers us to do as never before.

These days, I get calls all the time from people wanting to know how to start for-profit and non-profit corporations as well as from people wanting to learn more about documentaries, journalism, writing, and storytelling. We live in an entrepreneurial age, and the new generation of college graduates will likely be forming new companies at a higher rate than ever before. We’re also living in age in which storytelling, particularly visual storytelling, is more important than in history. As someone who has worked for The Daily Beast, USA Today, CNN, and two companies of my own, it’s exhilarating to be at the leading edge of these significant shifts in the world and in our own ability to pursue our dreams.

However, in my heart, I am still a writer. That’s at the core of my identity. I’d like to use this blog to highlight my skills/experience and to help answer a lot of the questions people ask me.

In the last three years, after graduating from the University of Georgia, I’ve shifted from being an abstract book learner, at home amidst stacks of history and philosophy, toward being a relentless pragmatist. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia’s Honors College and I went straight into my Masters’ program in the School of Hard Knocks, in the College of Trial and Error. I was no longer graded 0n a 4.0 scale; instead the reward for my studies was the ability to make rent next month. And that’s a much more powerful incentive system. Most people will also have to steadily re-invent themselves to stay functioning in the world. We all have to find our own way. My hope is to perhaps make it a little easy for you, for those of any age wishing to pursue their own path.

After years in the trenches, I’m peeking my head out and to lend a hand to those struggling over those same obstacles. These are some of the topics, both new and old, that I’d like to write about.

20% Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neuro-Immune Disease, and the Future of Medicine (the topic of my film)
20% Entrepreneurship
20% Film Production, Journalism, and Storytelling
20% Politics and History
20% Philosophy, Literature and Anything Else

I try to spend a few minutes every day writing. But it’s often only for myself. I’m excited to get back to writing for others, and I can’t wait to meet some new friends along the way.

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