Hi, I'm Adam.

I love doing ambitious things
with inspiring people.

The suburbs are broken.

Our severe isolation comes from our community design—the lack of central gathering places, the car as primary transportation, the endless sprawl—these all result in everyone living their lives in isolated bubbles. And the result of that is worse than people recognize.

New ideas and …

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Fuse, our area’s coworking space, is beginning a project to publish ebooks. One which will soon be available documents the history of our local community of founders, professionals, makers, developers, and designers.

Below is my section. I was asked to describe the beginnings of Doctype Society and TriConf, two …

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As I said here, it was a huge honor to be invited to speak at MisfitCon in Fargo, North Dakota.

This event has no website and talks aren’t recorded—AJ says it’s like a theatre production: “If you missed it, you fucking missed it!” But I knew my …

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I first heard about Jo Freeman’s The Tyranny of Structurelessness from Christina Xu at Brio.

I consider it to be one of the most important essays I’ve read, and I think often about organizations and how to help them be healthy and successful, while considering how to avoid …

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The Internet was a town.

Then it became a city, then a nation, then continents, then hemispheres.

Without centralized search tools, early communities were only discovered organically, like neighborhood cafés.

Businesses eager to multiply their reach and revenue logically rushed to create communities that spanned cities, nations, hemispheres. Maximum reach …

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Expansion and development are two different things. Development is differentiation of what already existed. Practically every new thing that happens is a differentiation of a previous thing, from a new shoe sole to changes in legal codes. Expansion is an actual growth in size or volume of activity. That is …

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