A picture of my once ambitious self.

I’ve spent the last 18 months heads down in brand strategy decks and design meetings.

It’s great — I’m not going to lie. It’s hard — but it’s great. I’ve learned and gained so much.

But I’ve lost the unhinged levels of ambition that used to shape the true purpose…

Me, searching for wisdom where it’s often been found.

A preface: my parents are my mentors (in business).

I found myself nestled into my nonprofit sector niche pretty young. I like to joke that it’s the family business. I grew up listening to dinner table conversations about fundraising, board relations, and leadership. …

Albert Memmi, 1982.

I’d just devoured Aldous Huxley in a 36 hour period. I was about to pitch a research project to a professor I really liked. I had a first date to attend immediately following the meeting. I was excited.

I came in guns-blazing with my thesis: we are simply pawns being…

Me — smoking a cigarette correctly.

When I was 15 I smoked my first cigarette. I was outside the local convenience store, surrounded by like-minded peers. Within 5 minutes I was one wrong move away from vomiting all over the vinyl and linoleum flooring that my high school janitor had just recently buffed. I was queezy…

My entire image gallery.

Imagine your family photo album was filled with old newspaper clippings, receipts, and class notes. You had to sift through clutter every time you wanted to remember that beautiful moment.

That’s how most phone photo galleries are organized. Filled with screenshots, duplicates, and other useless things.

At some point in…

Did you know that the median net worth of Americans under 35 has declined by 68% since 1984?

Connected to that, the portion of wealth owned by Americans under 40 has gone from 19% to 9% since 1989?

Why? Because opportunity for youth to accumulate wealth went through a MASS EXTINCTION EVENT in 2008.

“Americans in their 20s and 30s lost the most wealth in the recession and have been the slowest to recover.”

2020 and the COVID crisis has been the second mass extinction event for opportunity in the last 20 years. The kids are not alright.

We are an entire generation of people renting our space in society.

No wonder we want a sense of ownership and independence in our work…where else would we get it?

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Gosh, did it feel good. The acne that I thought I’d gotten rid of 6 months ago was coming back the day before. Every time I shaved I knew why the acne was coming back.

I wasn’t treating my skin kindly. Every time I shaved it was rough. It left…

“Hilltop” — Coca Cola/McCann Erickson (1971) (i wrote that citation from memory)

Two years ago I wrote a film called “Loving Offline”. It was about a bad-ass revolutionary radio host and a down to earth musician waking the sheeple up from corporate control.

It was the year I got really into Phillip K Dick and media theory.

It was also the year…

My brother, looking back at me on a windy day.

It’s as simple as saying that I don’t understand what’s next.

As it stands, I’m wrapped in the unique warmth of home. I’m dressed in my brother’s clothes and sitting 9 feet away from my mother’s closed office door.

I’m preparing to go for a walk. I have about an…

By @dortasphotography on Instagram

For the last four years, I’ve been working with a rag tag group of hooligans to build The Neighbourhood Watch.

Now I know what my LinkedIn network is thinking, and no, I’m not a musician. I’m a very serious business person.

For the last couple years I’ve pushed music to…

Tristan Surman

Young person interested in vital ideas. Finding love and laughter in digital, social, and creative spaces. @TristanSurman

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