Hey, there. I’m Dave. Let me start by introducing myself.
Who am I?
Let’s see. Where to begin? Well, my name is Dave, I’m an ENFJ, and I currently live in New York – the East Village to be exact. I studied anthropology as an undergrad, which has forever shaped the way I view the world. I’m fascinated by people’s stories, and I’m always on the hunt to learn more about what makes people tick and do what they do.
Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have worked with some incredible people while traveling all over the world. Previously, I worked as a management and strategy consultant and had the opportunity to live and work abroad while learning the ins and outs of a whole slew of industries. From aluminum factories in Germany to investment banks on Wall Street, I quickly learned to always focus on the human element of the engagements – regardless if the actual scopes of the projects were about creating new business units or reengineering their processes.
Today, I work as an Inventor at ?What If! Innovation, an innovation consulting firm. We work with organizations to help them create new innovations, and we also help them become more innovative.
What’s the purpose of this site, and what’s in it for you?
With this site, I hope to:
- Share my love of anthropology and innovation (I hope that #anthrolove on Twitter will actually be used to talk about anthropology, the field of study, and not only about Anthropologie, the store)
- Build and refine my points of view on these topics
- Highlight and document stories, products, services, experiences, features, snippets, etc. that inspire and / or intrigue me
With this, I hope that you’ll get exposed to anthropology and innovation, and that it’ll provoke and inspire you to dig in and learn more about these fields.
How am I going to do it?
I’ve found that working off of a set of guiding principles can be helpful in signaling how I’m treating this blog and how I’d love for you all to join me on this adventure! So let’s start from the top:
Exploration, Not a Declaration
I’ll be using this blog to explore different topics, mostly around innovation and anthropology, in order to push and refine my points of view on these topics. I hope that these posts will spark a conversation with you guys, and we’ll be able to build and push our thinking together in the comments section.
This blog, however, is not intended to be a declaration of the truth. Rather, these posts will be created and curated based off of my point of view. This isn’t Harvard Business Review, and no one should make the rookie mistake of trying to blindly applying what they’ve read to their own particular situation. Context, people!
Learning By Doing
Along the way, I’ll be releasing and discussing various side projects here on this blog. The point of these side projects is to learn by doing, and I hope that I’ll be able to build, test, and learn with you guys along the way.
I think that’s enough of an introduction for now, so let’s just jump right on in. Let’s see how this goes!