6 degrees of inclusivity

Just realized if that the 6 degrees of separation hypothesis is true, someone like me is only 6 links away from my polar opposite person (e.g. a militaristic rural religious fundamentalist).

This suggests an important measure of social health: how many network links from any given person to someone they fundamentally disagree with on social, political and economic issues. This can be extended using other aggregate network measures in the usual manner.

In contrast to analyses focused on identifying influencers, this would be a description of the network as a whole, aimed less at instrumental intervention and more at critical awareness.

A new flag for San Francisco

I was binge-listening to that most fabulous of design podcasts, 99% invisible, and came across this analysis of San Francisco's flag and how terrible it is. I looked around, and …

How to Inhabit a City

Having spent nearly a year in San Francisco as a resident, I started talking with my friend Purva, a long-term San Franciscan, about the difference between her understanding of the …

I'm renovating

Hello, and thanks for stopping by. I'm ditching my old website and archives and moving over to a fresh new format that supports storytelling and writing better. Come back in …