The oceans are rising. The weather is getting weirder. Social conflict stoked by climate-induced resource scarcity is increasing. Politics is soul-crushing. Companies that are doing the most harm have the most power. Oil companies have on their ledgers enough fossil fuels to handily destroy the air we breathe and end human life on this planet. Mainstream environmentalist groups are well meaning but ineffectual. The dominant economic system of the planet appears to be, as predicted, destroying everything.
Despair is suicide, but so is blind optimism. Any disregard for the actual functioning of reality will lead to cataclysmic missteps. Delaying impactful change any further is not an option; it may already be too late.
Many are working toward a better future, but many also are misled and enmired by the dysfunction of the current system. Extracting meaningful narratives from our current cultural hegemony is a Herculean task, and so many of us are exploring dead ends, rabbit trails, and ground that others have already covered before.
We’re all scared out of our minds and the burden of responsibility that some of us insist on carrying around with us at times is too much to bear.
Some of us burn out.
We’re rarely confident that what we are doing in our daily lives, the daily grind of the work we are pursuing, is actually doing a damn bit of good. A lot of us are suspicious that our careers are just repackaged and refurbished versions of an obsolete hallucination and are not, in fact, aligned with our values and goals of changing the world for the better.
A ton of us are still tempted by the carrot of security and financial stability, and this helps to quiet some of the doubts. But in the back of our minds is the worry that this is all a houses of cards and our protections and safeguards will be wiped away in a moment anyway.
This is the situation. This site is about talking through it all. It’s about critiquing current approaches, imagining new ones, and encouraging those of us who are working on this massive project.
It’s about exploring the role of engineering in the task of worldchanging, and it’s about examining the artifice of engineering itself and proposing structural changes and different ways of thinking about how engineers should think, behave, educate themselves, and interact with the world. It’s also very much about thinking through the blending of traditional engineering practice with other domains of practice, such as art, design, sociology, ecology, and psychology.
If we cannot envision a better world, we cannot create one.~ Alex Grey
I was born in Santa Cruz, CA. I grew up in a mountain pass in the Mojave Desert because when I was twelve my father burned out on his tech job in Silicon Valley.
I was homeschooled from Kindergarten up through high school, and then went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and got a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Sustainable Environments.
After graduation I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I got a job with Rumsey Engineers (which soon became Integral Group). I do mechanical design, BIM implementation, and Engineering Visualization for green buildings. I work on badass projects like the Exploratorium, the Cal Poly Center for Science, and Google’s Bayview Campus.
I like bourbon, long walks along deserted beaches, the idea of owning so few things they all fit in one backpack, rock climbing, and the desert.