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“It is about a search, too, for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

My Story

What is one thing about your work that most people don't know?

I do my best work, be it my day job at a global non-profit (Avaaz), or volunteer or activist work, if I've also got a passion project up my sleeve, something that keeps me up at night scribbling down ideas, trying to recruit friends into, or pitching around (to funders, or festivals, etc). The sweet spot is when I can combine one or more of these things (day job, friends or family, passion project) all together. Then it doesn't feel like work at all.

What makes you most proud of the work you do?

In my extracurricular writing life (more recently working on a play, two years ago working on a book) I'll spend months plugging away at a single project ... which is all pretty typical. What most of my friends probably wouldn't know about my day job is how much time I spend drafting 5-6 paragraph emails, which is the bread and butter of the member-supported advocacy org that I work at. Related to that, most people probably wouldn't know how many hours a day I spend in Google docs. #WorkingInAmerica