I’m Nathan (he/him). I spend my time thinking about alternative (modern; legal; hybrid; non-hierarchical; cooperative; empowered; equitable; sustainable; collaborative; impermanent; impactful) organizational structures through which folks can make the world a better place. I got lucky and I get to work someplace where I get paid to do just that: Open Collective. You can read my full professional bio here.
My favorite thing to do is spend time with other people, talking about “deep” stuff. I also like to make music and mixes (I used to be a music student and radio deejay). When I’m not tinkering with this website, which I enjoy greatly, I dabble in board games, video games, sports games, and experimental video.
Some of my public writing lives elsewhere, usually on the blog of my current or past workplaces. Here’s a list of published work:
- Open Collective’s Community Guidelines, April 2022
- Deep dive: community stewardship of Open Collective through a Perpetual Purpose Trust, March 2022
- How to Build Platforms that Our Movements Can Own, December 2021 (co-author)
- Pathways for Open Collective’s “Exit to Community”, November 2021 (co-author)
- Early musings on “Exit to Community” for Open Collective, October 2021 (co-author)
- Five Tips for Equitable and Efficient Nonprofit Recruitment, June 2021
- Finding Donors for Your Art: DIY Prospect Research for Artists, June 2020
- Security and Privacy Tools for Artistic Collaboration, April 2020
- Keeping Donors Happy: A Donor Stewardship Guide for Artists, November 2019
- 8 Things Fiscal Sponsorship Isn’t, October 2019 (co-author)
I’m wrapping up a 4-month trip across the United States, seeing friends and family and ticking off various bucket list items. I’m moving back to NYC in January 2022.
Here’s what else I’m up to:
- working on E2C, ethics, and political activity policies, supporting unhoused folks, and setting up a Canadian fiscal sponsor (among other things) with Open Collective
- cleaning up this website (I have a bunch of new content in the works)
- reading leftist sci-fi
- re-entering the public convo via Mastodon and birdsite
This website was self-hosted on a tiny Linux computer using Hugo and Caddy (and is temporarily living on a VPS). In the past I also experimented with solar powering the site. The theme is modified Cactus and the logo is based on an Open Doodle. This website is located on unceded Native land.
I’m not a lawyer or accountant. Don’t do anything I tell you to do. Yada yada yada.