I've always been a storyteller. Whether it was through songs, screenplays, public speaking or corporate marketing, the one constant has been the fact that I want to tell well-crafted stories that impact and change people and their perceptions.
It's not a one-way push message sort of thing, though. A good story involves the audience, and makes them participants. My unique experience as a pioneer in a social media technology startup has given me a unique and thoroughly vetted philosophy of Storytelling in the socially connected digital world.
Increasingly, the concept of authenticity has become a focus of my life's work. I believe that in order to be sustainable, all products, people, communities, organizations and communications must find roots in authentic expression and imaginative story. To do less than this is to shortchange the world, consumers, and ourselves, both individually and collectively.
I've gotten to be a part of creating the technologies that drive the Social Web. I've spoken on the Social Web at the World Future Society and NetImpact conferences, as well as keynoted for private organization events, and I'm pretty opinionated about the sustainability and authenticity of what has been termed "Social Media". I am co-authoring a book called "Daring Authenticity"; a handbook for doing life in a way that values our questions more than our answers.